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27 September 2016

onroundhay festival

We've had a wonderful September, haven't we? Not only has the weather been tropical, but there's been loads of great things happening in Leeds and the surrounding areas!

Roundhay Park is one of my favourite parts of our city. It's lush, it's green, and it's expansive with a beautiful lake. You feel like you've wandered into the woodland, and out into a beautiful meadow when you arrive - far removed from the chippies of Boar Lane on a weekend.  

OnRoundhay Festival, sponsored by John Lewis (who'll be shortly moving into their new Leeds-based Northern flagship store), marked the first time in ten years that there's been a largescale event there! And it was aesthetically gorgeous. Upon arrival, everywhere around us was colour, and sparkles, and intrigue. 

Strolling around the small but dense site, we found a children's area put on by Puffin Books, Leeds Indie Food heading up the stalls, Laynes Espresso serving coffee, the Ox Club, who'd been there since 5am, with their meat roasting over a firepit, Crabbieshack whipping up a mean tray of crabby fries, along with so many other visual, sense-inspiring spectacles.

It was a really lovely day, of sunshine, of drinks, of grub, and of music. I didn't catch James, the main headliner, but the Haggis Horns were super funky, Wolf Alice were incredibly impressive with what I'd describe as a kind of pop-infused modern grunge, and Primal Scream were a hoot!

The festival was primarily dotted with families, which makes sense considering its proximity to Roundhay and Headingley and the fact under 12s got in for free! But really there were people of all ages there, enjoying the weather and the creme de la creme of Leeds' cultural scene.

Good show, OnRoundhay. Hopefully see you next year!


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