Leeds Festival: a Day With Festival Republic at Bramham Park

Leeds Living had the pleasure of spending the day with Festival Republic to hear all about what’s in store for 2024’s Reading and Leeds Festival.



Returning to its beloved home of Bramham Park, Leeds Festival is back with some very impressive updates. 

Melvin Benn gave guests an insight into how Festival Republic planned on keeping Reading and Leeds Festival at the forefront of the live music scene, announcing new stages such as The Aux, which will focus on digital talent and has already signed up popular podcast hosts such as The Useless Hotline and Ayame Ponder. A platform “where no topic will be off topic”.

Ellur

Fresh camping concepts with dedicated quiet spaces, this follows the hugely successful Eco Camping and the newly announced, groundbreaking Chevron Stage. The Chevron is exactly what the festival scene needs to keep pushing the boundaries of outdoor music experiences and encourage people to feel first hand how magical live music is. Melvin Benn described his hopes for the 40,000 capacity open-air venue as giving the feeling of 80’s and 90’s raves, featuring mammoth staging and the world’s first floating video canopy made up of hundreds of thousands of programmable LED lights. With acts like Fred Again, Skrillex, The Prodigy and Pendulum already announced, we cannot wait to see what magic unfolds here.  

As well as new technology, concepts, and even music genres being a top focus for 2024, there was also a special light shone on new artists. This came from the exciting announcement of who would be performing on the iconic BBC Introducing stage. Reading and Leeds Festival have a long-standing relationship with BBC Introducing, with its history of the stage going as far back as 2008. It has produced an abundance of mega stars and Melvin Benn said it best by stating “107 of the 127 acts that we have announced at this year’s Festival have come out of BBC Introducing and that’s how important the BBC is for the future of music.”

Ellur

Showcasing some of the northern acts and homegrown talents, we had live performances from Ellur and Sun King. Ellur is a singer-songwriter whose hometown of Halifax is becoming a hub of musical energy, with the likes of The Piece Hall, who have brought summers of huge performances from many household names, The Grayston Unity, who’s original home was one of the smallest gig venues in the UK and many successful musicians hailing from there. Ellur could be next to carry the torch for this iconic part of Yorkshire.

Ellur’s performance was brilliant – she’s a natural talent with a really stand-out voice. Leeds Living had the chance to catch up with the indie singer and her incredible bright red wellies that she very appropriately wore to the festival site.

When asked what we can expect from her set at Leeds Festival the singer replied with “lots of upbeat music, big drums, guitars and vocals, and some new stuff…..a lot of my writing process is around will this be a festival moment”. We cannot wait to see Ellur and her band perform on the BBC Introducing stage.

Delilah Bon

Also hoping to make an impact with their performance at Leeds Festival is Jodie Langford. Most commonly known for her spoken word pieces which have gathered great attention since first played on BBC 6 Music, Jodie Langford will be accompanied by her long time collaborating partner Endoflevelbaddie. The duo from Hull spoke to Charlotte Gill from Leeds Living saying how much they love working with independent venues such as The Adelphi Club and Polar Bear Music Club. Describing themselves as  “chaotic, punk madness”, we wish them best of luck and hope Jodie’s relatable messages she conveys through her music ring true with the festival goers. 

Jodie Longford

Ellur, Jodie Langford (accompanied by Endoflevelbaddie), Sun King and Delilah Bon have all been featured as the first acts announced for the BBC Introducing stage for Reading and Leeds Festival 2024. With more acts to be revealed soon, we believe this year’s Festival is shaping up to be a big one. 

Photography by Lyndsey Proctor. Main image: Sun King.

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