Declan McKenna gets Covid jab at Leeds Festival after wowing adoring fans on main stage


Pop sensation Declan McKenna got his second Covid vaccination at Leeds Festival less than an hour after wowing an adoring crowd on the main stage.

The singer-songwriter played at 4pm on the main stage and then made the most of the pop-up vaccination tent on the festival’s grounds after finishing an incredible set where he was joined by Sam Fender for a rousing finale.

There was a group of adoring fans who saw him inside of the tent as he was getting the jab, one of whom burst into tears at the sight of him.

After getting the vaccination he chatted with the press during the advised waiting period.

He said that he was due to get his second jab earlier in the month but missed out due to his ‘nomadic’ lifestyle so seized the opportunity on the Saturday of the festival.

McKenna, who campaigns on a range of issues including LGBTQ+ rights, said that he hopes he can encourage younger people to get vaccinated.



28th August 2021 Leeds Festival 2021 Pictured Declan McKenna on the Main Stage East Picture Gerard Binks

He said: “Especially as a young person you can lose track of these things so it’s really handy for people and it’s great that they’re doing it.

“Now that we’re opening things up again it’s important that people get vaccinated and protect themselves and their family.”

He said that it was hard to prepare for the festival after so long off due to the pandemic but that the set was “awesome to take it in on stage”.



Declan McKenna on the Main Stage East
Declan McKenna on the Main Stage East

He said: “I released my record about a year ago now and to finally get to play it and see the audience react to it in the flesh makes it feel real and that’s what a lot of people have missed – the real connection, whether it’s in music or whatever it is. Having those special moments with other people around. I think that’s so vital.

“It’s so special as well to provide something so exciting. It’s probably the night of the year so far for people who haven’t been able to get out.”

During Declan’s brilliant set he challenged the audience to party harder than those at the sister festival at Reading. Did they rise to the challenge?



Declan McKenna gets vaccinated at Leeds Festival

“It was hard to enjoy our Reading set because the pressure on it and the types of people that are there – they’re keen and have had their eyes on you and it’s not that raw thing of you and the fans.

“Leeds today I actually lacked that same sort of stress so I let loose a bit. Technically we probably had a few more things go wrong for us today but I just enjoyed the whole thing. I was buzzing for it. I didn’t feel tense.

“I think I’ve found the same thing with Leeds both times I’ve played it. Because I used to go to Reading when I was younger, being a Southerner, because there’s a bit more media attention and label management it is a bit more tense so Leeds – it was a really freeing gig and really rounded off this weekend in a brilliant style. The crowd was phenomenal and there was so much energy at that hour of the day and in the blazing heat. It was beautiful.”

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Declan confirmed that the guest appearance from Geordie rocker Sam Fender was exclusive to Leeds, adding: “We said hello yesterday and got in today and were able to sit around for a bit so I said ‘Sam, do you know the chords to Brazil and we just made it happen.

“I think that’s part of the Leeds effect as well. Just being there and being more relaxed and saying ‘let’s try something different’ and I don’t think we’ve ever had a reaction at the end of a gig like that. It was unbelievable.”

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