Photographs From Leeds Festival

Leeds Festival… was interesting. I was originally assigned to photograph Reading and swapped to Leeds with hopes of catching a few more backstage portraits – after all it can’t hurt to try. I like Leeds because it is one of the more youthful festivals in the UK and reminds me of Warped Tour. Every day I have a few artists to shoot that involve me running around the festival grounds through some mud and such, and then I can do my own thing in my free time. I ran into a lot of my old friends and made some new ones as well.

This is Leeds Festival

This is Leeds Festival

This is the map

This is the map

This is me at Leeds Festival

This is me at Leeds Festival

Ryan Scott Graham of State Champs at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

I’ll start my day out with an RSG smile

This is me creeping on State Champs

This is me creeping on State Champs

Awesome people at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Awesome people

Awesome people at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Awesome people

Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Kellin Quinn of Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds Festival

Gabe Barham of Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Gabe Barham of Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds Festival

This is me shooting Sleeping With Sirens

This is me shooting Sleeping With Sirens

Derek of State Champs and Kellin of Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Derek of State Champs and Kellin of Sleeping With Sirens after the set

Two friends walking back to their buses

Two friends walking back to their buses

Waterparks  x Mikey Way at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Waterparks x Mikey Way

Matt Best of Tonight Alive at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Matty of Tonight Alive

Fall Out Boy at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Fall Out Boy

Photographing Fall Out Boy - photo by Marcus Maschwitz

Photographing Fall Out Boy – photo by Marcus Maschwitz

Machine Gun Kelly at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Machine Gun Kelly at Leeds Festival

Machine Gun Kelly at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

MGK at Leeds Festival

Photographing MGK photo by Casey Lee

Photographing MGK photo by Casey Lee

Good Charlotte at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Good Charlotte

Fall Out Boy at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Fall Out Boy at Leeds Festival

Fall Out Boy at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Fall Out Boy at Leeds Festival

Jenna of Tonight Alive enjoying the mud at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Jenna of Tonight Alive enjoying the mud at Leeds Festival

My camera with the mud

My camera with the mud

My mud with my shoe

My mud with my shoe

Sunset at Leeds Festival

Sunset at Leeds Festival

Yung Lean at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Yung Lean at Leeds Festival

Crowd at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Crowd at Leeds Festival

Kano at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Kano cold

Kano at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Kano warm

The 1975 at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

The 1975 at Leeds Festival

The 1975 at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

The 1975 at Leeds Festival

I had an intern for a day, she was awesome!

I had an intern for a day, she was awesome!

Frank Turner at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Frank Turner at Leeds Festival

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Frank Carter at Leeds Festival

Met some cool people at Leeds Festival

Met some cool people at Leeds Festival

Mat Kerekes of Citizen at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Mat Kerekes of Citizen at Leeds Festival

Ninja of Die Antwoord at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Ninja of Die Antwoord at Leeds Festival

Die Antwoord at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Die Antwoord at Leeds Festival

You Me At Six at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

You Me At Six at Leeds Festival

Photographing You Me At Six - photo by Jon Stone

Photographing You Me At Six – photo by Jon Stone

You Me At Six at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

You Me At Six at Leeds Festival

The Neighbourhood at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

The Neighbourhood at Leeds Festival

The Neighbourhood at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

The Neighbourhood at Leeds Festival

Twenty One Pilots at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Twenty One Pilots at Leeds Festival

Foals at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Foals at Leeds Festival

Foals at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Foals at Leeds Festival

Crowd for Foals at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Crowd for Foals at Leeds Festival

Foals at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Foals at Leeds Festival

Rain plus confetti = this is my gear

Rain plus confetti = this is my gear

Rain plus confetti = this is me

Rain plus confetti = this is me

Disclosure at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Disclosure at Leeds Festival

Disclosure at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Disclosure at Leeds Festival

Disclosure at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Disclosure at Leeds Festival

Wiley at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Wiley at Leeds Festival

Slaves at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Slaves at Leeds Festival

Slaves at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Slaves at Leeds Festival

William Duvall of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

William Duvall of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra at Leeds Festival

Thomas Pridgen of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Thomas Pridgen of Giraffe Tongue Orchestra at Leeds Festival

Nas at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Nas at Leeds Festival

Stormzy at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Stormzy at Leeds Festival

Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers at Leeds Festival by Adam Elmakias

Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Leeds Festival

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So the worst part about Leeds for me was trying to get back home after. I spent three days kind of camping out and photographing a fest… on the fourth day I really wanted to get home. Unfortunately so did about 40k other people. I respect the hell out of festival goers – there’s a lot that goes on that I didn’t know went on as I used to just roll in and roll out on a tour bus with a band, it’s nice to have partially *lived* it this time around. Although I recognize it is not to the full extent how some people live it, it still helped me get a taste. Last day of the fest – I cleaned all my gear that night, showered up, and got ready to head home. My shoes were so soaked as I had just fully washed them that I had to take out the soles and wear them that way. Actually I forgot my soles all together so I was using another pair of shoes soles and those were soaked so I took those out… anyway my shoes were dead. I left my cabin bunk bed thing at around 3am and knew I had a few options. I could either try to get a cab… which wasn’t really going to work, or catch the buses that all the festival goes had to catch to get back into the city. I knew that no matter which option I chose, a lot was going to go wrong – but I only needed a few things to go right. I had some cash on me, I had my card, I had my gear, and I had a head flashlight to help me navigate my 30 minute walk to the pickup point. Now I am assuming a lot of you have not been to Leeds – and if you have you will understand me even better when I say it is in the middle of nowhere. About a 20 minutes drive to the city on a highway – too long to walk. So I start walking to the pickup area and about 20 minutes into my walk I run into two other photographers I had met earlier that day. I forget these dudes’ names but they were very kind. They told me they were having trouble getting back as the lines for the busses were huge even now at 3 or 4:00am and I told them- alright let’s join forces. Let’s do this.

Here we go. So we walked over to the pickup point and it was a lot of fencing, a lot of people, and a lot of cars that were not moving. We looked at the bus line, insanely long and it wasn’t moving- cab line, same deal- cabs stuck in the street, cops confused, people sitting everywhere. It was like a zombie movie, only no zombies – just drunk tired young people which kind of counts as zombies. Anyway we asked the cop where to go, and me being oblivious yet hopeful told him we just wanted to walk in the direction of the city. So he pointed us in the right direction but told us it would be a few hours. Keep in mind we all had backpacks and I had a large hand bag as well. It was going to be hell and I hadn’t really slept more than an hour but we had to do it. Then I kind of saw there were a bunch of cabs just stuck waiting to get in. So I started pounding on their doors seeing if we could get a lift. It was really hectic, lots of people trying to do the same. Luckily we found a dude who told us we had to pay something like 20 pounds each. I would have honestly paid anything. It was quite a relief when we got in the car and got back to the train station. I was so thankful, the driver could have charged me 100 pounds and I would have paid it no questions asked. I caught my train at 6am or so that morning after watching the season finale of The Night Of at the station. The dude next to me at the station was really drunk but I offered him some of my cashews and he was thankful. There was so much mud and so many passed out people at the train station I wish I could have taken a trip inside a commuter that morning that witnessed the aftermath of the festival just while they were on the way to work. Hilarious thinking about haha.

That is my story. I hope you enjoyed the photos, thanks for being awesome dudes- dudes.

These dudes were awesome, I met them at 3am and we traveled together.

These dudes were awesome, I met them at 3am and we traveled together.

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POSTED BY Adam Elmakias

Adam Elmakias is a music photographer based out of San Diego, California. He spends most of his time doing stuff with cameras. Adam wrote this himself, not someone else. I am Adam.

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  • Meredith Rice

    Will you share how you got your logo on your lens and body caps? That’s such a great idea. I’m always leaving mine places.

  • Adam Elmakias Photography

    its a sticker

  • Liliana Diaz De Leon

    I looooooooooooooooooooooooove this photo! I would totes buy this! U0001f495

  • Flor Cruz

    I hope one day, after I’m done with my military career, I will be able to start on music photography, my dream

  • Davide Bresciani

    good luck on both, then!

  • Sofi Blake

    I think this picture is the end of Foals show, right?

  • Dalibor Bauernfrajnd

    Are you stick rocking 6D bodies?

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