Looking ahead to Leeds Festival + WIN TICKETS

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IN a fortnight’s time, a stellar line-up of acts from Disclosure to Blink 182 and Queens of the Stone Age to Arctic Monkeys will lure tens of thousands of festival-goers to Bramham Park.

Among the acts taking to the main stage is Milton Keynes-based tech, metal, grime rock hybrid Hacktivist.

They’ll be performing tracks including False Idol released this week, their first new release since 2013’s Elevate.

Delays in the writing and recording process means the track took longer than anticipated, so band member Ben Marvin says they’re glad it’s finally out there.

“It feels so good,” he said. “We’re all extremely happy with the record. I think it really demonstrates our diversity and the fans are loving it too. Last time I checked it was No1 in the iTunes metal chart so it’s good to know the H buzz is still strong as ever.”

Recorded and mixed in the band’s own studio set­up, False Idols merges the tight rhymes of co­-frontmen J Hurley and Ben with crushing riffs and jagged tempos.

It makes a nod to the band’s debut album which is in the process of being written.

“The writing process has been longer than expected due to our insane touring and festival schedule but now it’s finally coming together,” explained Ben.

“It’s almost written now so we’re just making the final additions and making sure we’re 100 per cent happy with it. Once that’s done we’ll be in the studio to record it and get it out to people as quick as we can. Our fans have been waiting a while but it will be worth it!

“I think existing Hacktivist fans will love it, but I also think we’ll bring a lot of new fans in.” In the meantime, the band have their aforementioned touring schedule to focus on.

So far this year they’ve played their first ever Australian shows, appearing on the mammoth Soundwave Festival, and toured Europe as special guests of Korn before starting the 2014 festival circuit and opening for Limp Bizkit in France.

They play the main stage at Reading on August 22 and Leeds on August 23 before embarking on their own headlining tour later this year.

Ben says they can’t wait to be back on the Leeds stage.

“Last year was amazing. Can’t wait to be back there, tearing it up again. We’re honoured to be asked back.

“This year we play the main stage, so hopefully it’s going to be bigger and better. Glad we’re sharing the stage with our boys in Shikari and Crossfaith. It’s going to be a killer day.”

He added: “We’ve played similar size stages but nothing even close in the UK. It’s all about playing Leeds festival if you’re a UK band. Main stage is a huge bonus. Playing the same stage as bands like Queens Of The Stone Age & Paramore … never thought that would happen.”

So what can fans expect from the Hacktivist headline tour? “The tour is going to be insane,” promises Ben. “We’ll be playing most of our existing tunes along with a few new ones off the album. Expect the same energy, passion and deliverance as always. We’ll be doing signings at each show as well.”

Brooklyn quintet Lucius also promise to put in a passionate performance at Leeds Festival.

Though frontwomen Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig style themselves to look like Stepford Wives twins, their voices and songwriting pack a powerful punch.

Leeds Festival sees them return to the UK after releasing debut album Wildewoman.

Speaking about what fans can expect from the Leeds set, Jess said: “We try to do something unique at every show. Maybe it’s a new cover or trying a song stripped way down or bring the music into the audience, to be as close to them as possible.

“Sometimes it can be hard to so that on larger festival stages, we are trying to work out the logistics that go into homemade pyrotechnics.”

For those who haven’t yet heard Lucius, Jess says they sound like: “A two headed banshee taking a drum solo backed up by a punk band that writes love songs and or make out jams.

“We have no idea how to describe ourselves. We love catchy music. We also love loud, bombastic music, we also love old soul music as well as make out jams. It’s more fun to ask outsiders what they think we sound like.”

•Tickets are still available for Leeds Festival. For more information visit www.leedsfestival.com

Win tickets

We’ve teamed up with Leeds Festival, which takes place from August 22-24, to give away a pair of weekend camping tickets worth £205 each.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: which park does Leeds Festival take place in?

A) Bramham Park

B) Mowbray Park

C) Backhouse Park

Email your answer and contact details to Katy.Wheeler@jpress.co.uk. Closing date: August 14.