12 lessons from the Leeds Festival

  1. Giant Drags cover of Chris Isaak's "Wicked Game" is awesome first thing in the morning when you have no idea where you are.
  2. According to the most heard song of the weekend, if you ever see something coming over a hill, it's probably a monster (although "Eddie Munster" is also valid).
  3. Dirty Pretty Things really don't have enough material for an entire set. Nice trumpet though.
  4. The Silent Disco is a strangely profound experience, especially when you take your headphones off and all you can hear is some guy screaming "YOU'RE ALL GONNA DIE!" whilst everyone dances along, oblivious.
  5. Queens Of Noize have the best job in the world.
  6. The Kaiser Chiefs are starting to get a bit boring and really need to release another album.
  7. Way too many people wear grey hoodies.
  8. The Pot Noodle van can't operate without there being a horsebox behind it, which is slightly worrying.
  9. Franz Ferdinand are the biggest and best band we have and we should all be thankful for their existence.
  10. Stewart Lee is much much funnier than he used to be on Fist Of Fun.
  11. Eddie Vedder is the loveliest human being on the planet.
  12. The quickest way to make friends is to run into a crowd of people waiting to see The Raconteurs with a tube of Pringles and a generous attitude.