Unlike poor swamped Creamfield’s, Leeds Festival was relatively lucky on the weather front – when compared to usual festival conditions at least. Of course there were more than a few practical but unflattering waterproof ponchos and kagouls donned during the few torrential and spitty moments, but underneath the layers of protection were a number of outstanding festival looks!
Tinted hair was the dominant theme, varying in intensity from vibrant punky hues to grown out roots and faded shades that nod to grunge stylings. The Motel Rocks team cooed over the hippy flower crowns decorating many festival weathered manes, perhaps inspired by ethereal main stager Florence Welch.
Apart from the ‘wacky’ people who deemed an animal onesie or superhero costume suitable attire, or those who went all out on writing rude words with neon face paint, there was a relatively nonchalant approach to dressing at Leeds. Of course the teenie denim shorts were still dominating the fields, as were impact patterned leggings and camo jackets.
Paramore’s flamed haired pocket-rocket frontwoman Hayley Williams found the perfect balance with her stage look. Her high shine trousers allowed her to bound around the stage in usual manic fashion but also look incredibly foxy as she draped over the speakers, a move which caused numerous heart palpitations within the unisex crowd. On top she wore a rib revealing classic rock tee with a flash of colour courtesy of of the bra top underneath. This sort of teasing flesh baring was common place at Bramham Park. It would appear that even though summer is sadly nearing its end, gals still want to let the air get to their stomachs opting for a Kidney chilling cropped tops, the less daring using them as bursts of colour underneath shirts, hoodies and knitwear.
We had a great time in guest area watching the bands interacting over a bevvy while awaiting to carry out press duties, in turn being hunted down by a Mum who was on fan photo duty all weekend. Chris Moyles looked cockahoop as he geared up to watch Kaiser Chiefs, a feeling we shared as we enjoyed the delight of Young Guns from the Festival Republic stage. We only wish we could divulge some of the crazy rider demands we heard over the weekend from some of the other bands!!