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Posted:Friday | 11:50 PM
Jackie Kolgraf

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Diplo lights up the BBC Radio 1 stage

Diplo lights up the BBC Radio 1 stage

Posted:Friday | 11:34 PM

After dark, those who wanted to carry on the party headed to see Diplo at the BBC Radio 1 Stage.

People covered in UV paint and obscene amounts of glitter packed into the dance tent until they were spilling out of the sides, ready to dance the night away.

Diplo was met by a chorus of screaming fans as white spotlights lit the room.
It was bucket hats galore as the crowd danced to the classic party tunes with no signs of slowing down. Even outside the tent the atmosphere was buzzing, as the music could be heard throughout the arena.

Smoke and fire machines erupted on the stage as ‘Lean On’ played and fans jumped in unison. A mash up of Usher’s ‘Yeah!’ and DJ Snake’s ‘Turn Down for What’ sent everyone crazy as black and white images of him blasted across the screen and yet more fire filled the stage.

Other huge tunes like Cardi B’s ‘I Like It’ and Kanye West’s ‘Power’ were mixed in a way that only someone as talented as Diplo could pull off and the crowd were going mad for it. Confetti filled the room as he played the massive Justin Bieber track ‘Where Are U Now’ and purple lasers circled the tent.

What a way to end the day!

Brogan Maguire

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Brogan Maguire

Kings of Leon live up to their reputation

Kings of Leon live up to their reputation

Posted:Friday | 11:31 PM

Kings of Leon, the crème de la crème of alternative-rock, were undoubtedly one of the biggest bands on this year’s line up. Did they live up to their awesome live reputation? Of course they did, they’re now a band built for the big occasion!

Tonight was a perfect example of why Kings of Leon continue to be one of the most widely-adored and critically-acclaimed bands around the world.

Led by Caleb Followill’s unique and emotive vocals, the crowd were hypnotised throughout by an eclectic mix of old and new songs spanning their varied and spellbinding discography. Whether it was the refined favourites of recent years such as ‘Find Me’ and ‘Waste A Moment’ or the rugged classic ‘Molly’s Chambers’; each song was delivered impeccably and warmly received by the masses, especially ‘Sex on Fire’.

One thing of real note was the sheer quality of the show as an overall experience. The lighting and video were varied and intricate throughout, depicting images of everything from veiled brides to painted nails clutching mirrors. A night that truly will live long in the memories of all lucky enough to be here.

We hope the band never kick the bucket as we could have listened to them until the red morning light and beyond.

Oscar Hassan

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Oscar Hassan

Wind down with a late night movie

Posted:Friday | 10:10 PM

After an entire day chock full of seeing your favourite artists (and finding some new favourites), you deserve some relaxation in the form of a late night movie.

What’s on the schedule for Friday night at the Film Oxford Cinema Tent? A series of shorts starting at midnight, immediately followed by the box office smash Black Panther. The night ends with more shorts at 2:30 am.

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Jackie Kolgraf

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Jackie Kolgraf

Time to head to Piccadilly Party

Time to head to Piccadilly Party

Posted:Friday | 10:00 PM

The party doesn’t stop at Leeds just because the sun’s gone down. Things will be in full swing all night long at Piccadilly Party with these DJ sets not to be missed:

10:00 pm – Doktored

11:00 pm – DJ Danny Oliver

12:00 am – Karistocat

2:00 am – Karistocat

3:00 am – Danny Oliver

4:00 am – That DJ Guy

5:00 am – Danny Cool

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Jackie Kolgraf

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Jackie Kolgraf

Leeds does it better

Posted:Friday | 9:34 PM
Jackie Kolgraf

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Jackie Kolgraf

The Courteeners blow fans away on the Main Stage

The Courteeners blow fans away on the Main Stage

Posted:Friday | 9:28 PM

Massive crowds gathered around the Main Stage for The Courteeners this evening as the Manchester band opened with classic ‘Are You In Love With a Notion?’

Frontman Liam Fray strolled on stage in a coat and sunglasses, looking effortlessly cool as he strummed his guitar and melted the crowd in his hands.

‘Cavorting’ was next and the crowd went mental, loving the tunes from their classic album ‘St Jude’ which celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this year. The love for the band clearly hasn’t dwindled over the last decade, as the crowds kept growing and everyone watching screamed the lyrics back to Liam as loud as they could.

Even newer tracks like ‘No-one Will Ever Replace Us’ had fans cheering and dancing, mesmerised by the band and their incredible stage presence. The raw, indie sound that the Manchester favourites started out with all those years ago blared through the speakers, proving why they’ve only gone from strength to strength as time’s gone on.

‘Take Over the World’ is almost what The Courteeners have done, and the crowd today proved it. The band even played some of their lesser-known tracks like ‘Small Bones’ but the fans were singing their hearts out no less.

When they played huge hit ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ the crowd went wild — singing, clapping and jumping like crazy. When he said his famous line ‘every single one yas’, the fans totally lost it and the crowd was completely full of moving bodies having the time of their lives.

The set ended with ‘What Took You So Long?’ and the crowd sang in unison with Liam, cheering and clapping louder than the music coming from the stage.

It’s safe to say that The Courteeners aren’t going anywhere for a long time yet.

Brogan Maguire

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Brogan Maguire

Rock and roll royalty The Vaccines bless the Main Stage

Rock and roll royalty The Vaccines bless the Main Stage

Posted:Friday | 9:17 PM

The colossal crowd were treated to a plethora of the band’s timeless hits, as well as glorious tracks from the new album ‘Combat Sports’.

Frontman Justin Hayward-Young’s rapid recital of poignant lyrics was majestic as he looked out wild-eyed upon the crowd before him.

High-octane throughout, the band went back to “the archives” with fan favourites such as ‘Post Break-Up Sex’ and ‘If You Wanna’. Mixed in with the classics, new track ‘Your Love Is My Favourite Band’ was a real highlight and a throwback to that polished 70s and 80s rock they were hoping to emulate on their new record — undoubtedly one of this year’s hottest albums.

What did we expect from The Vaccines? A dose of up-beat, guitar-driven anthems to get every Indie Cindy up and dancing. What were we treated to? Well, that, and a real coming-of-age performance that further engrained their status as one of the UK’s best indie rock bands (like we didn’t know that already!).

Oscar Hassan

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Oscar Hassan