Highlights of day two of Leeds Festival

Bill Bailey on stage at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Sinead Harber
Bill Bailey on stage at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Sinead Harber

The thrills continued into day two of the 2014 Leeds Festival when Paramore had the honour of closing the show for the night on the main stage.

Intermittent rain turned the sight into a mud bath, but spirits were not dampened as a noticeably bigger crowd than on the opening day enjoyed the varied fare on offer.

The second day got off to a big start with the much anticipated solo show by Gerard Way.

In only his third-ever appearance as a solo act after the split of My Chemical Romance, he chose to open the NME/Radio 1 Stage and despite the early start the tent was packed out to see and hear his new material. He got a general thumbs up, but there was none of his former band’s songs on show.

Main stage action in the afternoon was a bit of less interesting, although Jimmy Eat World went down well before they later went on to headline the Lock Up Stage to the biggest crowd this arena will have all weekend with hundreds unable to get inside the tent and forced to listen outside.

As the evening set in the main stage came alive with Vampire Weekend adding some class to proceedings with a set that mixed material from their three successful albums. They also treated the fans to a song they had never played before and praised Leeds as one of their favourite places in England.

Queens of the Stone Age followed to play in front of probably the biggest crowd of the day before losing some of their audience when a huge downpour came. Their set will not have won them many new fans, but their biggest songs were cheered loudly.

Paramore played the final set and were pleased not to be beset by the technical problems that had dogged them the previous night at the sister festival in Reading.

Singer Hayley Williams was in good spirits and brought her sister on stage during set closer Ain’t It Fun while a member of the audience also joined in the fun, helping with the singing on Misery Business.

The NME/Radio 1 Stage also ended on a high with the Courteeners and their crowd pleasing anthemic rock played in front of the biggest crowd so far at this tent.

Next stop high up on the main stage for this excellent Manchester band who are showing no signs of running out of steam.

Palma Violets also seem destined for bigger things after an energetic, thrilling performance as they closed the Festival Republic Stage in front of a massive crowd.

The other big day two highlights were provided over at the Alternative Stage where Bill Bailey was another big crowd puller with his mix of comedy and songs and show stopping moments like the Downton Abbey theme reggae style and Miley Cyrus’s Wrecking Ball performed in the style of Kraftwerk.

Other acts to go down well here included Chris Ramsey and Glenn Wool.

The event continues today with a closing headline show by Yorkshire’s own Arctic Monkeys.