Looming just around the corner lies the mighty Reading & Leeds Festival, back with a bang this year offering one of the best rock, metal and alternative music line ups for a long time.
Reading has debatably gone downhill in the last few years, with tout ticket prices soaring despite debatably mediocre lineups with a seemingly repetitive feel. Nonetheless, this year they really seem to have nailed it, boasting the unbeatable Red Hot Chilli Peppers as the main headliner, and the likes of Foals, Disclosure, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy topping the bills for other nights. Aside from the five solid headliners are a wide array of indie, alternative, metal and rock bands, dj sets, comedy acts and much, much more.
What makes Reading & Leeds so unique is their rotating lineup. All of the bands on the bill will perform at both Reading and Leeds over the course of the weekend at different times. None of the headlining acts are strangers to the world renowned festival. Disclosure headlined the NME/Radio 1 Extra stage back in 2014, to an electric reception. Foals have been working their way up the lineup since 2007, with their latest hit album What Went Down, their unmissable world tour and their unforgettable Glastonbury performance no doubt putting them in prime position for the slot. Fans have been calling for a Fall Out Boy headline slot since their reunion performance back in 2013, and Biffy Clyro’s new album Ellipsis only strengthens their reputation as the best rock band in the UK at current. The only question being how could either band possibly top their unquestionably heroic 2013 slots?
Headlining the NME/Radio 1 Extra Stage are the wonderful Two Door Cinema Club touring their comeback album, indie pop gods and heartthrobs The 1975 and American EDM duo Jack U. Supported further down the bill by the likes of American rock band The Neighbourhood, one man singer, songwriter and producer and electric sensation Mura Masa and flawless Jack Garratt, there is truly an act for everyone.
If singalong rock and chart topping indie pop isn’t for you, there are a plethora of stages and tents offering smaller and more diverse acts. Take the Festival Republic stage, which at Reading will see the likes of indie punk Vant and chill R&B Rationale on the Friday, and hard hitting acoustic Lewis Del Mar and 80s dance inspired LANY on the Saturday. Not to miss hotly tipped Beach Baby, boasting electro beats and tunes you can’t help but dance too, and Radio 1 favourite BORNS mixing ethereal electro pop. The Dance Stage sees the like of Japanese House, who supported the 1975 on their last tour, Birmingham favourite Hannah Wants, DJ EZ and reggae and dancehall legend David Rodigan.
Not to forget the legendary Frank Turner opening the weekend on Friday morning for his 10th consecutive performance, and Reading’s own Sundara Karma. Wiley, Stormzy and Kano all top the BBC Radio 1 Extra Stage, with Russell Howard, Bill Bailey and Lee Nelson all making appearances on the Alternative Stage.
With one of the most diverse and exciting lineups for years, Reading and Leeds are not to be missed this weekend.
By Ally Head – (@)