My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance

Saturday saw Female First rooted to the Main Stage, besides a quick break to chat to Deftones and The Blackout (keep checking back this week for those interviews).

Architects kicked off the day well enough, putting on an energetic set to a decent crowd.

They certainly proved that they were worthy of their opening slot on the Main Stage, although were somewhat overshadowed by the rest of the day's acts.

The Blackout came out to an amazing reception, and proved why they're considered one of the most exciting live bands in the UK.

Whilst their set was different, their hangover from Reading looked to still be there, with vocalist Sean Smith being sick off the edge of the stage.

Back into the swing of things moments later, it almost showed the dedication the band have to their fans and live show.

The rain gave way as pop-punk legends New Found Glory who brought their upbeat and infectious live show back to Leeds Festival.

Even temporary sound issues during new song 'Radiosrgery' didn't hurt the band's momentum, as they went into a very brief impromtu, tongue-in-cheek cover of Nirvana's 'Come As You Are'.

A cover of The Ramones' 'Blitzkrieg Bop' provided a great singalong moment, before the band finished off a solid set with perhaps their biggest hit 'My Friends Over You'.

Rise Against proved their relevance and pedigree as a live act, bursting through an exciting set covering their last three albums.

Blending old hits like 'Prayer of the Refugee' with four new tracks, the band made their opinions on the recent London riots known as they played an excellent cover of The Clash's 'White Riot'.

Making their return to the Main Stage was Deftones, who put on a solid, although ultimately unmemorable, show.

It was noteworthy for the final song 'Passenger' seeing the band being joined by Rise Against front-man Tim McIlrath.

Deftones did well, but this would've been perhaps suited to a smaller, more intimate stage, or as part of a heavier line-up.

The Offspring also made a long-awaited return to Leeds for their only UK festival appearance this year (besides Reading, of course).

Mixing huge hits with old favourites and a new song, it was almost the perfect festival set, proving that The Offspring can still go despite their age.

Having been a band for an incredible 25 years, tracks like 'Staring At The Sun' and 'Self Esteem' still sounded incredible alongside the likes of 'Want You Bad' and 'All I Want'.

30 Seconds To Mars silenced any sceptics with their stunning show, highlighted by around 30 fans joining the band on stage for final track 'Kings And Queens'.

The band recently announced plans for an indefinite hiatus, but have dropped hints that it could mean a break-up.

If that's the case, and this show may have marked the band's final UK show for the foreseeable future, it was an incredible way for them to go out.

It looked like any band would have a tough job trying to match 30 Seconds To Mars' show, but My Chemical Romance are much more than your average live band.

The one criticism would be the leaning towards their most recent album, although the songs are good enough that it's only a small complaint.

Early track 'Our Lady of Sorrows' was a raw moment for the die hard fans, who were treated to a stunning end to the festival's second day.

Female First - Alistair McGeorge