Main stage at Leeds Festival 2016 | The Dress Diaries

Leeds Festival has been a favourite of mine particularly as a teenager and for the first time (in a long time) I'll be going for the whole weekend - I am SO ready for it.

I've picked a few of my faves from this year's line up and created a Spotify playlist for you, if you're headed there too or want to hear some new music.

Fickle Friends

If you said you haven't heard of them, you'd be lying. Whether you know it or not you absolutely will have come across their recent single 'Glue' on the radio and I reckon they'll bring a fun show to the festival. It's dance-y and upbeat and if you only see one band in the NME tent this year, it should be these.

Side note: their album art is ACE.

Bear's Den

An example of why I should listen to my friend's music suggestions more often - these guys played a small set at Glastonbury a couple of years ago which a pal attended by herself and I missed out on their melodic Mumford-esque sound.

Since then, they've become a well known indie folk duo and you've probably heard 'Above the clouds of Pompeii' on the radio. It will be one of the more relaxed and atmospheric headliners of the weekend, over at the Festival Republic stage.

The Amazons

These are a boy-next-door band who brought out their first album this year and they've been tipped to be a 'big thing' by Radio 1 this year. So really, you're not getting yourself any street cred by missing them at Leeds Festival this year, are you? 

If you're a fan of Sundara Karma and Spring King (also modern rock band types) then they may just be your cup of tea.

The Hunna

Something to sing to, dance to and sway to. The Friday night headliners at Leeds this year are pretty hard to top. Between Muse, Haim, Neck Deep and these guys - I agree, it's a pretty tough decision. If you opt for The Hunna though, you're sure to have a great time.

Give them a listen and learn some lyrics, they have a lot of sing-alongs and crowd pleasers.


My friends and I have seen these guys a few times before and it's always a great atmosphere and performance. They have the ability to create those kind of lyric-memorising, tune-humming, emo tracks, like we had growing up in the early 2000s.

Despite band member changes earlier in the year (quite rightly so) I'm happy to be able to see them at one of my favourite festivals this Summer.

Black Honey

A touch of Lana Del Ray and a helping of No Doubt, I love their sound. There's a huge lack of female leading artists at Leeds Festival every single year, so these guys (and girl, obvz) are bringing a strong sound and fun vibe to the proceedings.

'Hello Today' is the ultimate 90s film soundtrack vibe.

If my recommendations aren't enough, I've also put together a short but sweet
1 hr Spotify playlist for you here. Let me know what you think!

Will you be heading to Reading or Leeds this year?