This weekend’s performances at Reading and Leeds are both Vampire Weekend’s last confirmed dates for their ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ campaign and a rare chance to catch them in the UK this summer. Providing the warm up for co-headliners Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age, the New York band made their case for being future bill-toppers at the twin festivals. They’ve already conquered the pinnacle of Latitude so it wouldn’t be a surprise to see them being placed top of the pack on an August bank holiday weekend around album number four.
"I don’t know if there's a band that had a history with Reading & Leeds like My Chemical Romance had," Gerard Way told NME recently. He's right. As MCR frontman, he's one of only a handful of artists to play both the Berkshire and Yorkshire sites on the same day. The band also headlined twice and in 2006 had bottles of piss thrown at them. With that kind of history, it's little wonder he chose Reading as the place to properly launch his solo career, get his blood pumping and debut music from his forthcoming album 'Hesitant Alien'.
Remember when missing out on a ticket to a sold-out festival meant a long listless weekend at home, wondering what face-meltingly brilliant musical feats you could be drunkenly whooping along to had you only got your act together in time?
It's just a few hours to go before the gates are flung open at Reading and Leeds for this weekend's festival. It's an incredible line-up. Blink 182, Arctic Monkeys, Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age will be headlining the bill as well as a ton of other bands (here's 40 acts we recommend seeing, for a start). But what if the line-up was decided according to artist popularity on Shazam? You know how it works - you hear a piece of music and the app tells you exactly what it is.
Johnny Cash might be synonymous with Nashville, living just outside the country music centre with his wife, singer June Carter Cash in the infamous House of Cash, but he was actually born and raised in the state of Arkansas. Earlier this week the iconic singer's childhood home in the small town of Dyess was opened up to the public, as part of an attempt to boost tourism in the area. Dyess was an experiment in president Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programme, which aimed to help the US economy bounce back from the Great Depression.