Despite some inclement weather conditions (to say the least), Leopallooza XII once again played host to thousands of festival fans in its beautiful and rural setting. The music on offer this year was a great mixture of up and coming talent along with well established artists. This together created a great atmosphere with a mixture of seasoned festival goers, families and first-time festival goers.
High energy, well-received sets from the Main Stage headliners Kelis, Public Service Broadcasting and St. Paul and The Broken Bones provided big crowd, big atmosphere moments for the Leopallooza audience in an intimate and super-friendly festival arena. However, despite these acts pulling in the crowds, a personal favourite for us was Rat Boy. The intimate nature of the set made this a really special gig and one that you may not have experienced at other larger festivals where he is headlining the stages.
The Funny Side, the new comedy area at Leopallooza, was a huge hit drawing in a crowd so big for Russell Kane that extra provisions were made to accommodate his audience. The weekend also saw other stand-out stand-up performances from Josh Widdicombe, Shappi Khorsandi and many more. The comedy is a great addition to the overall festival offerings. Also with the big names on the stage at Leopallooza there was definitely something for everybody.
The Main and Second Stages featured a variety of fresh, up and coming talent, with exceptional shows from IDLES, Tom Grennan and also performers on the BBC Music Introducing in Cornwall Stage. The format of the festival was also great in which once one act was finished on the main stage, the next act started on the second stage right next door. This meant no mad rush across the festival site to catch the next act and also no long waits between acts, a real pet hate of mine.
In addition to the music and comedy on offer at Leopallooza, there was also the classic silent disco and dance areas for later in the evening. I don’t think any festival can be complete without a silent disco to finish off the night.
Overall a great festival for all with a great, friendly atmosphere. Laid back enough with no strict rules or moody security, to enjoy all there is to offer. If you just want to chill out and watch some really good music and comedy, this is the festival for you.