Earlier this week, NME published a list of what the Reading & Leeds line-up would look like if the headliners were decided by hits on Shazam, the app that identifies the song you're listening to. One of the more striking outcomes was that Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, the Seattle hip hop duo, came out on top of the line-up that played Leeds on Friday (August 23), ahead of the festival's true headliners, Blink-182. While Shazam hits aren't an exact measure o
By far the biggest crowd I was in at Leeds festival today (Friday, August 22) was at the NME/Radio 1 tent for Disclosure's headline show. It was such a crush that, at one point, about 100 excited people fell over. The moment Guy and Howard Lawrence entered the stage, the audience erupted into deafening screams. The kind of screams reserved for rock stars who've been around for decades, not young men who look like they should be presenting Blue Peter. But they earned them. Here's five reasons why they'll be topping the Main Stage at festivals pretty soon.
When Blink-182 were first announced as this year’s Reading & Leeds headliners, the glaringly obvious question that sprung out was whether, in 2014, more than 10 years after their heyday, they could still make sense to a festival largely populated by teenagers. What’s my age again? Well, actually mate, you’re nearly 40. Of course, Blink were always a Reading & Leeds staple back in the day. But, more than any returning nostalgia act, they’re a band that don’t really make sense a decade later.
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'.