Vanity Van featured backstage at Leeds this weekend just outside the main stage dressing room village tending to all the hair, makeup and beauty needs of the hundreds of artists and performers on site
We had an amazing weekend at Leeds despite the crazy weather not making up its mind as to whether it wanted to rain or shine. We met loads of great artists and witnessed some amazing performances!!
The first day was rammed all of Clean Bandit popped in to say hello and came in for massages and told us that they were off to Paris to perform tomorrow night before they hit Reading festival on the Sunday they have a busy weekend ahead of them as they had to rush off after their set because Grace has to go to a wedding.
The Kooks swung by for a catch up and chat. Lead singer Luke said they will always support the Vanity Van and we commented on his new funky hairdo which he had done just before the festival. Hugh the guitarist said it’s an ongoing joke that people keep asking them where they have been and they haven’t even been anywhere! They had a much-needed day off planned on the Saturday before they hit up Reading.
Maverick Sabre was tweeting us before he hit the site telling us he has three new backing singers in need of our skills. They are regulars of the salon and we often see him over the season – such a lovely man and an amazing voice…
You me at six all came in to the salon on the Friday and are uber busy touring this year, they still have Kuala Lumpar, Australia and America to do this year but will be home in time for Xmas. Dan the drummer from You Me At Six had a trim with us again and hasn’t had his hair cut since he last saw us at Radio One in May! Hilariously their drum tech told us when he saw them on stage at radio one he thought they looked a bit fresh on stage from that morning and he couldn’t put his finger on why then realised they had all had their hair cut with us! Poor Dan has been having major problems with his arms from drumming, it’s like hitting concrete as he grips the sticks so hard he’s in agony a lot of the time with severe cramp so we invited him in for a massage.
Lead singer Josh also asked to be annihilated by our masseuse as he has very achy lungs from all his antics on and off stage! We worked on his trigger points and gave him a proper battering! The boys from the band absolutely love our Batiste XXL plumping powder and have even been searching for it in the shops since they ran out from the Radio One event.
We have also had pretty much all the crew from Blink 182 for massages as they have had a tough time on tour at the moment!
The Disclosure boys popped in late doors on Friday and we cut and styled Howards hair. They have been busy touring America. Howard also really wanted a massage as his back is really bad at the moment we were teaching him how to do different squats to help strengthen the muscles in the lower back. He really hurt his back apparently trying to learn yoga through a phone app. They totally tore up the NME tent – people were getting hoofed out on stretchers it was so mental in the crowd!
Also on Friday we had a last minute call from Ryan Lewis for a full body massage just before he went on stage. He said he was looking forward to the massage because he is so energetic and jumps around so much on stage that it makes his muscles hurt and he hasn’t been able to have one since they played in Germany. As we left the dressing room we bumped in Macklemore who was genuinely gutted he missed out this time.
The Saturday was just as crazy weather wise, the weather was completely schizophrenic all day raining one second and sunny the next and it even did both at the same time at points!
Rob the drummer from Enter Shikari who is a regular told us during a massage that he has to stop drinking beer because he doesn’t think it’s good for him. He had an amazing t-shirt on of a horse with a suit on that we nicknamed Jorge! He also showed us the tattoo he has of a stick person drawn around a mole. We gave his hair a once over and showed him how to create texture and volume using some of our Batiste products. Roughton their lead singer also came in for a blow dry and restyle just before they went on stage he had a huge quiff styled in and secured with tonnes of hair spray so he was rain proof.
Aluna from Aluna George came in for the works – manicure, Batiste hair styling and a massage. She says that she was bored of having her photo taken this weekend but that Reading and Leeds was her favourite festival because the crowd are so fun. She said that she spends half an hour warming up her voice but always feels silly that everyone else can hear her.
Wilkinson tweeted us to see if we do tour bus delivery which we do and singers Becky Hill and Adam were joking on twitter that he was looking for a happy ending…. Adam their MC enjoyed a lovely massage with the team just before their set.
All the boys from Deaf Havana had massages and Lee the bassist fell in love with our therapist Bonnie and tried to ply her with free alcohol lol.
Vampire Weekend were on the last stop of the tour and announced to the crowd that even though Reading was good, that the Leeds crowd were the best. Chris the bass player came in to the salon afterwards after a hectic set for a much needed massage
All the Twin Atlantic boys came rushing over to see us and they all came in for massages and again to bribe some more Batiste XXL plumping powder as they are huge fans. They have been crazily busy on tour recently and will be travelling to Europe and Australia in October and then hopefully home for Christmas. They are taking some of our team on tour with them so they can keep their hair trim and their backs in check!
Hayley Williams from Paramore specifically sent someone over to raid our shelves for a huge bag of Batiste dry shampoo before their headliner set because it is her favourite.
We bumped into Wilkinson and crew in the guest bar that night and he apologised for the salacious comments on twitter about happy endings. He made us give him a massage in the middle of the guest bar which he had to kneel on the floor for as he’s so tall…. They then kidnapped the team and took us to see Netsky on the Relentless stage, he did a bit of back to back with him and Becky Hill sung their song Afterglow with them. They were a scream and the Relentless stage literally went off it was rammed to the seams!
On the Sunday the weather took a turn for the better and we were blessed with sunshine and dry weather.
Pulled Apart By Horses unfortunately had to pull out of their main stage set today because one of the band members became really ill so everyone at the festival was gutted to hear that and we hope they get better soon.
Sam the drummer and Dan the saxophonist from Bombay Bicycle Club came in for a massage to distress their shoulders and arms as they were stiff from annihilating the drums and living on tour buses, we were only too happy to help of course!.
Royal Blood were seen by a member of the team playing catch with their drumsticks earlier on today in the backstage area of the NME stage just before their insane set. Someone commented on facebook they thought they were miming ! we don’t believe it….
Die Antwoord have got some brilliant neon costumes for their set on the NME stage later, we snapped a cheeky pic of them as we gave them a manicure earlier in the day.
Beasts were hilarious and all had massages in the salon they were larking around on our beanbags with the team for hours and we got some stupidly funny pictures of them.
Hozier’s Mia and Alana his keyboardist and cellist came in for their regular hair styling and makeovers. We used some conditioning mist on Alanas long locks to smooth in a lovely curl and gave Mia some dramatic Sleek smokey eyes for her set which she tweeted a pic of later on that day as she loved it so much.
Lead singer of the Hives Pelle popped in for a massage wearing a dapper game keeper style outfit all in white.
Foster and the people were going begging for more beers after their set as they were desperate to chill out… and the lead singer Mark popped in for a last minute cheeky massage to take that relaxation to the next level..
We went to see Arctic Monkeys and the crowd were absolutely crazy with flares being lit and an insane mosh pit that we were nowhere near but still managed to wipe out the entire team when it got out of hand and spilled out to everyone else. So many people were carried out on stretchers! The Arctics are made to perform on this stage the sound was incredible.
All in all it was a great festival, a lot of fun was had by all and there was a great atmosphere backstage – the artists loved our treatments – Leeds was a truly memorable festival for the last stop of our festival tour of 2014. Until next year…..