Last weekend FRUKT, with wellies at the ready, headed to Leeds to celebrate the arrival of the Olympic Torch for the third Coca Cola Special City Celebration. Only two days beforehand, the near apocalyptic rain storms forced organisers to cancel Blackpool's evening celebration. Luckily for us, on Sunday the sun came out to play, bringing with it 20k people to enjoy a day of music, dance, poetry and, of course, the torch party.
In contrast to the previous events at Cardiff and Glasgow, the music acts on the bill were very much traditional indie guitar bands, giving a nod to the well known indie music scene in Leeds.
First up, Little Comets performed some of their summer sing alongs including ‘Joanna’ and ‘Isles’. Then Tribes exploded onto stage with their post grungy anthemic belters - it’s no surprise they were nominated for NME’s Best New Band this year. Finally, the euphoric party tunes of Friendly Fires closed the show. Crowds at the front were die-hard fans, singing and dancing along to the shapes being thrown by lead singer Ed MacFarlane.
We’re off to Birmingham now for the last Special City Celebration this Saturday 30th June with the Wanted. The Olympic Torch then makes its way to London before the big Finale in Hyde Park on the 26th July, headlined by Dizzee Rascal.
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