“I wanna see you dance, even if you don’t know these songs,” Charli XCX told the Main Stage crowd.
Leeds Festival didn’t need a second invitation on Saturday afternoon, and the singer-songwriter’s choice of beloved songs was just the ticket as those assembled enjoyed a banging time in the sun.
Starting her set off with ‘I Blame it on Your Love’, the Essex native bounced, strutted, and bopped her way across the stage with other well-known numbers such as ‘Fancy’, ‘1999’, and ‘I Love It (I Don’t Care)’.
Even lesser-known songs like ‘Focus’ and ‘Gone’ were appreciated by the packed crowd no matter whether people were at the front or the back. ‘Boys’ and ‘Girls Night Out’ gave, well, boys and girls their chance to shine too, even if all genders enjoyed each song in equal measure.
Diplo-produced ‘Spicy’, a cover of the iconic Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe’ tune was also on display as Charli XCX threw things back to the 90s before she closed her set with the crowd-pleasing ‘Boom Clap’. It proved to be the perfect end to an afternoon of electropop and ensured that Charli XCX’s first time on the Main Stage was as memorable as her previous performances at Leeds Festival.