All the celeb gossip and news from Vanity Vans backstage salon at Leeds festival 2015

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All the gossip and news from backstage from Leeds festival 2015

What a fabulous first day at the wonderous rock extravaganza that is Leeds and Reading festival! With only a small smattering of rain the sun has be shining down on our backstage salon and its been our busiest Friday to date!

Tending to the likes of the Years and Years, The Maccabees, The Gaslight Anthems, Black Honey and Feed the Rhino we have been fully booked for hair cuts for the boys, much needed back massages for those busy on tour and NYX makeovers to beautify the artists for their stage shows.

Rupert bassist from the Maccabees post hair cut

Everyones talking about a new festival in Paris RockenSeine which most of the acts we looked after today are working at between Leeds and Reading festivals ! Lots of jet setting around…

The Maccabees who are old Vanity Van veterans (we met them way back in 2009 at Beach break live!) Orlando the lead singer booked in for a much needed massage and Rupert the Bass guitarist popped in for his usual hair cut. They have been having a break for the last three years from the scene but stormed the stage with a vengeance – great to have them back…

The Libertines publicist just popped in and we are hoping to go down to their dressing room shortly to do some treatments – wondering what Pete Doherty will be up for !?

Frank Turners drummer was telling one of our hair dressers that Frank is considered a huge legend in his home town of Watford – they spend a lot of time there apparently and it just happened to be where our stylist Toni is from!

We had all the Coasts in Chris lead singer for massages and Ben the drummer for a massage and a hair cut – we transformed his barnet and the poor babe was telling us about a recent accident hes had which has left him with a huge scar on his head.

Izzy lead singer from Black Honey having a makeover

Black Honey were hilarious and they came bounding over from the Festival Republic stage first thing this morning to be sorted out as they had slept on the side of the road last night after being unable to find the campsite ! Izzy lead singer and guitarist was suffering from insane tent hair and we created a stunning bouffant 60’s style do and gave her a NYX makeover – she was ecstatic.


Another amazing day at the one like Leeds fest ! My god the artists were weary today…. All todays line up were at Reading last night and we hear on the grape vine Reading is where the P.A.R.T.Y is ! So many hungover weary people it was untrue. But our massages and beautifying saved the day as usual.

Busy busy day particularly for massages with Fred Durst lead singer of Limp Bizkit and Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons being our biggest clients of the day who were suffering from bad shoulders and necks probably from all that over exertion on stage.

Marcus Mumford lead singer of Mumford and Sons post massage

Our last visitor of the day was the lovely Dan from Bastille who came in for a hug and some goodies – no need for treatments as he was out having fun by this point.

Dan lead singer of Bastille


We bumped into regulars Wilkinson in the catering Marks singer Simon and MC Adam told us how mental the Reading crowds can be and even showed us vids from the stage the crowds were going OFF 12,000 people going mental… They have a whole live show this year with guitars, singers the works we cannot wait to see them later on tonight.

Adam and Simon from Wilkinson

Aaron guitarist from Martin LB was telling excitedly that hes off to record with the one and only Britney Spears tomo whos recording a new album – he was in love with her when he was 13…

Sydney Singer of Echo Smith post massage

Don Broco Robert lead singer and Matt drummer came in just now as they got our and pinched the last slots of the day chucking out some pretty riskay comments about what treatments we are doing…. We were fully booked for massages but we managed to squeeze in some cheeky head massages from our hairdressers instead.

Robert singer from Don Broco post head massage

Last stragglers from Friday we bumped into Deadmau5 last night having a cheeky fag outside the salon we had a little chat with him about meeting him a few years ago at Rockness when one of his friends had their nails done and he was showing us some crazy vids. His stage show was awesome the crowd went mental chanting “you what you what you what you what leeds!” it turned into a mosh pit so we had to leg it !

Jake Issac with manage Alix post massage

We had most of Misty Millers band in and had a right laugh with them talking about their experiences as band members over the years and some of the crazy things they got up to at their after parties… Misty loved her NYX goodies.

The crowds were going crazy this afternoon to All time Low and girls were fainting left right and centre and being carted off to the backstage for treatment.

Jack guitarist from All time low

Phil Bass Player from the Districts let on that he was massively star struck the other day when he bumped into Sanza from Game of Thrones at a festival the other day what a gem…
Hilarious moment of the day was bumping into Xfactors Piff the magic dragon and his dog in matching outfits – his face was a picture.

Xfactors Piff the magic dragon

Band God Damn were talking to us about the NYX face awards Emily Clayton who we met at the awards ceremony last week. She was the make up artist on their latest video and they love her work she is super talented we LOVED her two headed lady makeover that won her first prize at the awards.

Beautiful face art and Guyliner were the new trends at Leeds with all the chaps from Drenge coming into have it done – the Jack Sparrow look we like to call it. They loved our “we spotted Johnny Depp twice at Latitude but didn’t know it” story!! And we created some hilarious Kiss style rock make up with our NYX kit in honour of our rock fest


Last day at Leeds festival today gutted to be leaving the last one of the season… salon has been rammed all day great end to the weekend.

Mike lead singer from Young blood

We spotted Mike from Young Blood outside the salon and offered him a hair cut we LOVE his curly luscious locks he is sat contemplating it right now as we speak – told us hes been trying to grow it…. Fingers crossed he lets us later!

Jordan keyboardist from Bring me to the Horizon

Men of the moment Bring me to the Horizon are headlining under Metallica this year on the main stage they have had a huge rise to fame since we last saw them. Jordan their keyboardist who had a hair cut today with us joked with us as last time we were at Leeds with them we painted them as animals for their stage show. This year though they need to be taken seriously so no more tigers !

DJ Fresh
We have been pinging all over the site today visiting peeps in the other stages – we bumped into DJ Fresh at the Dance tent who is sporting an amazing new bleached ‘do’ we cut his hair a few years ago at Radio Ones Big Weekend. He would have had it trimmed with us today but he was worried his fabulous flamboyant hairdresser would be offended and shout at him for ruining his do.
Baby Metal with manager Alix

Our favourite band of the day by far were Baby Metal we want to take them home with us they are the cutest thing ever waving and giggling all over the backstage. Their dancers and band were sporting some epic scary face paint – seriously eery…

Its all about the girls here on site today with Azealia Banks headlining in the 1xtra tent and Vanity Van regular Miss Dynamite in full effect – she loves her massages and we dropped off some lush NYX goodies to them both earlier. Edgy Charlie XCX is also set to smash the Dance stage and we had her Bass player in for massaging post head banging sessions last night at Reading to Metallicas set.

Elliphant post NYX makeover and manicure then with the band after she had hairstyling too !
Swedish singer Elliphant popped in this afternoon she was an absolute hoot she was ‘waxing’ lyrical over waxing… literally ! She says that’s the only thing anyone in Sweden ever wants – they are prob way too super beautiful already!. She said she wouldn’t be showing us her *** hole today ! We gave her a manicure and a stunning NYX face art makeover. She asked us “don’t make it photo shoot make it lifestyle!”We had all of Fidlar in for massages and vocalist Zach was joking he’d already had his face art done as he was sporting a beautiful black eye… apparently falling out with the Bass player over a shower towel ! They were a right laugh and had girlee flower face art, glitter and Zac even had NYX Angel lipstick applied.

Regulars Twin Atlantic popped in to say hello they are swinging by before their set later for their usual hair cuts and massages. They have been super busy on tour feet not touched the ground in the last couple of years.

And so ends another epic season – big thank you to our utterly amazing team for wowing the artists with their creativity and amazing skills. Heres looking forward to next year already….

Many thanks

Alix and the Vanity Van team