South Yorkshire rockers While She Sleeps ready to wake up Leeds Festival

While She Sleeps are preparing to play Leeds Festival for the third successive year.
While She Sleeps are preparing to play Leeds Festival for the third successive year.
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Bands from across South Yorkshire have a long history of wowing the crowds at the famous Leeds Festival.

From Pulp’s headline appearance back in 2000 – only the second time the festival had taken place – to Arctic Monkeys’ last UK gig, which closed last year’s festival, South Yorkshire musicians have proudly performed in front of thousands of revellers at Temple Newsam Park and, since 2003, at Bramham Park at the annual three-day event.

And this year is no exception.

Rising stars The Sherlocks, from Bolton-on-Dearne, are performing on the Festival Republic stage on the festival’s opening day and Sheffield-based two-piece Drenge play the main stage on day two, while Rotherham metalcore stars Bring Me the Horizon are among the main stage headliners on the final day.

And Sheffield-based metal-core band While She Sleeps are preparing to play the festival for the third successive year, having released their second album, Brainwashed, earlier this year.

The band are singer Lawrence Taylor, from Doncaster, guitarist Sean Long, froM Renishaw, guitarist Mat Welsh, from Spinkhill, drummer Adam Savage, from New Whittington, Chesterfield, and bassist Aaran McKenzie.

Now, following a main stage appearance in 2013 and a performance on The Pit last year, the quintet are back with one of the headline slots on the opening day of The Pit this year.

Aaran, aged 26, from Eckington, says: “This is the third consecutive year we’ve done it and we’re pretty high up on the bill. It should be a great end to the summer.

“Me and Adam used to work on the main stage bars, so to be playing there, the main stage and the festival in general, is amazing.”

And Aaran promises ‘absolute havoc’ when the band take to the stage on Friday, August 28.

“We’re quite renowned for our music shows,” he says.

“We have pretty crazy fans, lots of crowd-surfing and we’ll be in there as well.”

Joining While She Sleeps in playing the festival are some of rock’s biggest names – includingThe Libertines, who will headline the opening night and Metallica, who will close the festival.

Other bands on the main stage bill read like a who’s who of rock, including Jamie T, The Maccabees, The Cribs, Alt-J, Bastille, Palma Violets and Royal Blood.

The NME/BBC Radio 1 stage is set to feature the likes of Years & Years, Ghostpoet, Limp Bixzkit, Peace, Twin Atlantic and Catfish and the Bottlemen, with Django Django, Ash, and Little Comets among acts on the Festival Republic stage.

Leeds Festival takes place from Friday to Sunday, August 28-30.

Tickets are stillavailable, with weekend ticketsare priced £205, and day tickets costing £59,50, although booking fees may apply – to buy tickets, visit www.leedsfestival.com