By Graham Chalmers
There’s one star act Leeds Festival will have to do without this weekend. One of the world’s top rappers Tyler, the Creator says he has been banned from the UK because of the nature of his lyrics.
The Odd Future co-founder has cancelled all four of his scheduled dates in the UK and Ireland, including an appearance at Reading/Leeds Festivals this weekend.
The controversial rapper tweeted that it was because the authorities were unhappy with his subject matter.
Leeds Festival is the biggest music festival of the year in the north and the Harrogate Advertiser’s team will be there throughout the weekend.
With closing night headliners Metallica said to be planning the biggest, most expensive and most spectacular live show in the event’s history for this Sunday, August 30, Leeds Festival 2015 promises to be an absolute cracker.
Some reports even suggest the veteran metal band are having a full gym installed back stage to keep in shape before their big moment in the spotlight.
Metallica’s pyrotechnics aren’t the only fireworks, musically, happening at Bramham Park from tomorrow, Friday to Sunday.
Other headliners on the main stage include The Libertines and Mumford & Sons who last appeared at Leeds Festival in 2010 when they were on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.
There’s also a Harrogate singer on the bill this time round - up and coming electro-pop artist Katie Skinner, 22, who is to perform on the BBC Introducing stage.
As for the Advertiser’s reporters - Laura Hill, Graham Chalmers and Nina Swift they will be at Bramham Park reporting throughout the weekend through social media and www.harrogate advertiser.co.uk
There are so many great acts to see from tomorrow, Friday to Sunday night, here’s the Advertiser’s recommendations.
The Top 10 Leeds Festival acts not to miss
10. The Cribs (Friday)
Wakefield’s perenennial underdogs still have plenty of bite left in them as current album, For All My Sisters demonstrates.
9. Coasts (Friday)
As the Foals aren’t playing, check out this blissed-out Bristol-based five-piece who who put the lift in uplifting on their forthcoming debut album.
8. Seether (Sunday)
It’s 21 years since Kurt Cobain died but his spirit is kept alive by this South African hard rock band who bring the Grunge era back to life.
7. Frank Turner (Friday)
A star by stealth, Turner has graduated to a headlining slot indoors through years of acoustic slogging live in small venues that puts young whippersnapper Ed Sheeran to shame.
6. Circa Waves (Sunday)
If you’re tired of the soap opera that is The Libertines, try this newish Liverpudlian four-piece already renowned for their upbeat indie rock songs and rousing choruses.
5. Royal Blood (Sunday)
This Brighton-based two-piece garage rock band are the hottest two-piece on the planet right now - except for The Black Keys, and they are certainly louder.
4. Bastille (Saturday)
Can the ultimate energetic synth pop outfit transform the lifeless main stage. If they can’t, who can?
3. The Maccabees (Friday)
The U2 it is safe to like, the London-based four-piece indie rock band special in big tunes that aren’t dumb and interesting musical ideas which are always accessible, re new album Marks to Prove It.
2. Metallica (Sunday)
The heavy metal legends promise spectacular pyrotechnics - and that’s on top of a classics-laden set.
1. Kendrick Lamar (Friday)
This hot US hip hop artist’s latest album To Pimp a Butterfly, has been hailed as the Sgt Pepper of rap and he’s a bit of a bold choice as second top of the bill on the main stage. Just let’s hope he doesn’t declare himself the “biggest rock star on the planet.”
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