LEEDS FESTIVAL: Day Three review: Metallica show why they’re metal legends

Metal legends Metallica played a two-hour headlining set to round off the 2015 Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.
Metal legends Metallica played a two-hour headlining set to round off the 2015 Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.
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Metallica spectacularly headlined the final day of Leeds Festival 2015, capping off a packed schedule with a two-hour plus set.

The metal legends, fresh from Reading the night before, were exceptional in captivating both die-hard fans and casuals as they closed the show in inimitable style.

Pierce The Veil were part of the heavier line-up on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Pierce The Veil were part of the heavier line-up on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

The heaviest daily line-up also featured main stage sets from Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil, while Catfish and the Bottlemen, Wolf Alice and Foals drew large crowds elsewhere.

Azealia Banks and Charli XCX also performed poppier sets on the BBC stages.

The day started in eye-catching fashion, as Japanese teen metal band Babymetal took to the stage for a much-anticipated show.

An undoubted niche, their performance was fun if musically a particularly acquired taste.

Marmozets vocalist Becca McIntyre was in lively spirits on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Marmozets vocalist Becca McIntyre was in lively spirits on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Early highlights thereafter included Marmozets, whose vocalist Becca McIntyre was in lively spirits, and hotly-tipped punk duo Slaves.

Foals also packed out the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage for their not-so-secret set at half-past one, as expected following the same arrangement at Reading Festival the day before.

With new album What Went Down released on Friday and highly likely to top the album chart next week, it was the place to be early in the afternoon.

Back on the main stage, Pierce The Veil were energetic and hugely popular with the main stage audience, while Alexisonfire took to the audience on a rubber dinghy.

Hotly-tipped punk duo Slaves wowed the crowd on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Hotly-tipped punk duo Slaves wowed the crowd on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Royal Blood were next up, playing new material as well as the day’s second Black Sabbath cover following a slightly more interesting version by Marmozets earlier in the day.

In one of a number of infuriating clashes on the day, Pvris took to the Lock Up stage at the same time, with the Paramore-esque, female-fronted rockers almost certainly set to return in future years on a larger platform.

By early evening the excitement for Metallica had started to build, with the small matter of Bring Me The Horizon to come beforehand.

With a new album on the way, the hugely-popular rock band - from nearby Sheffield - preceded their set with a parody health-and-safety video.

Wolf Alice drew a big crowd away from the main stage on the final day of Leeds Festival 2015. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Wolf Alice drew a big crowd away from the main stage on the final day of Leeds Festival 2015. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

They then invited fans to “break some bones”, and proceeded to play an intense set that was lapped up by their most loyal fans with cult-like levels of adoration.

It was not quite as hectic as their previous appearance, when masses of fans breached the barrier following an invitation from vocalist Oli Sykes for a “high five”, but it was still a triumphant lead-in to Metallica.

Having performed at Reading Festival the day before, fans with phone battery knew to expect quite a show, and with a 9pm start time it was anticipated to be a two-hour set.

James Hetfield opened with a joke about leaving the lights on in his limo, before he and the band opened with crowd favourites including To Whom The Bell Tolls and Battery.

Their most recognisable track for casual fans, Enter Sandman, close dthe show to a raucous reaction, and as a whole there were very few dips in quality.

On-stage theatrics included lasers and fireworks, plus Metallica and Leeds Festival branded inflatable balls which - somewhat embarrassingly - were adorned with Saturday’s date.

Bring Me The Horizon played an intense set which was lapped up by their fans on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Bring Me The Horizon played an intense set which was lapped up by their fans on the last day of Leeds Festival. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

This was one of few mishaps, as the elders of rock met every expectation and proved the perfect closing act for a broadly successful 2015 Leeds Festival.

It was also the perfect antidote for the occasionally damp squib of Saturday’s line-up, which had lacked the same intensity despite a strong set from Mumford and Sons.

Sunday was, undoubtedly, the headline day, and in that respect Leeds delivered.

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Metallica rounded off the last day of the 2015 Leeds Festival in style. Pic: Katy Blackwood.

Metallica rounded off the last day of the 2015 Leeds Festival in style. Pic: Katy Blackwood.