On this day in Yorkshire: August 28th 1999- The first ever Leeds Festival begins

 

Leeds Festival seems to have been around for ever, but in fact it has only been going here in Yorkshire since 1999. Originally staged at Temple Newsam, the show attracted the best acts of the time around. Headlining the first night were The Charlatans, while Indie giants, Blur took centre stage on the Sunday night and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers appeared on the closing night. Among other bands performing, at the bottom of the “Radio 1 Evening Session” stage bill was a then little known band called “Coldplay.”  I wonder what happened to them? The festival is now staged every year at Bramham Park over the August bank holiday weekend. 

Picture credit: http://www.supajam.com/news/story/Photo-series-25-years-of-Reading-and-Leeds-line-up-posters