The Streets - Leeds Festival 2011 review

'A goodbye with a gentle kiss and a manly embrace'


Photographer:Trevor Eales

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Gavin McInally | 26 August 2011


Although a much more subdued performance than their Scottish T In The Park farewell, The Streets prove they can say goodbye with a gentle kiss as meaningful and a manly embrace.

Mike Skinner makes an emotionally tinged return to Leeds' NME Stage for a rare fully clothed display which spans the highs and lows of their decade long existence.

'Weak Become Heroes' sounds as great as it did the first time it stunned Radio 1 listeners and the trademark “get low” during 'Blinded By The Lights' feeds into Katy B's 'Katy On A Mission' with aplomb.

'Dry Your Eyes' and 'Turn The Page' aptly tell of a legacy before 'Fit But You Know It' creates fitting chaos for a group who are in the process of writing themselves into festival folklore.

"We need a circle pit to beat Elbow's," demands Skinner as he bows out in as much style at Leeds as he entered the site years ago.

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