I am considering going to Leeds festival 2011 for the first time for the weekend, and just wanted to ask a few questions. I know I'm going to sound a bit of a dweeb asking the first question so I am going to get it out of the way.
I understand the entry to the campsite for standard weekend ticket holders is 3am on Thursday 25th August but I am going to be travelling for over 3 hours, so I won't arrive until a little later, when do the gates close for entry? I am not worried about getting to the campsites closest to the arena as I would prefer getting a site where it is mainly quiet, and by reading posts, it sounds as if Brown or Green campsite would be best suited for me, is that correct? I know that the Brown campsite is quite a trek from the arena but I don't mind walking.
What food can I take into the campsite, is there anything that is not permitted? Are such things such as camping stoves and disposable BBQ's allowed in?
I will be coming in by train so how do I get to the festival from the station, is there a bus service or do I have to catch a taxi and how much are they likely to be?
Are there maps of the campsite available online, or do I have to wait to pick one up from the festival grounds themselves?
How do I know what time each band is performing, are you given a programme or a paper sheet explaining such things?
And the last question I would like to ask, is how early can I leave on Monday 29th? I know the festival closes at midday but can I leave earlier if I wanted to? Are there are buses available all day to drop off people at the station or would I have to get a taxi back?
Any help would be much appreciated.
The gates don't close for entry, once theyre open they're open until the monday so you can come and go as you please.
Yup Brown is the advised family campsite and it is the quietest and furthest away, green is the second furthest away and is still quite quiet. So either would probabl;y be fine to be honest.
From the station you can get a taxi (be pretty expensive), or you can get the shuttle bus which will be cheaper. The shuttle bus drops off at yellow though, which is the closest campsite to the arena and therefore the furthest from brown, so you would have quite a large trek with all your kit, I can't really think of a way around it though as a taxi will be pretty expensive.
things allowed in: you're allowed to take any food you want in but glass and gas cannisters are not allowed. So cooking options are meths, trangia stoves and bbq's I think.
Maps of the campsite are available online, although one of the campsites is being split this year so another colour will be there, and the updated map won't be available for a while.
Band tiumes arer generally released the week of the festival, you can buy a lanyard with all the times on at the festival (rip off) or you can print off the times before you go, all the campsite offices have copies of the times as well. People will make clashfinders avaiulable on the internet which will use last year's times as a guide before the real times are released.
Yup busses are available to go back to the station on all the days. The times are quite reasonable form what I rmemeber, I doubt the shuttle bus times have been released yet but theyll be similar to last years.
*edit, looked for last years but thge links dont seem to be working anymore, which is strange as I swear they worked a week or two ago, ah well it's not too important, busses will be available for when you want pretty much.
*edit 2. found 2009's, I'm not sure the campsite opened at 3am that year so you'll have to wait for this years before you see which times the busses start on the thursday. http://2009.leedsfestival...etable%20X28.pdf
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