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Reading 2016: Five Times Hinds Proved Themselves The Most Fun Band At The Festival

Madrid garage-rock four-piece [a]Hinds[/a] have built something of a reputation for themselves as being one of new music's funnest groups. There's rarely a time when they haven't got smiles plastered on their faces, they make up dance routines during DJ sets and lark about like nobody's business in interviews. Earlier today (August 26), they brought that infectious spirit to the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading Festival, playing a set that more than justified that rep and totally endeared themselves to the audience even more.

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Reading & Leeds Boss Melvin Benn On Grime, Future Headliners And Gender Equality On Festival Bills

Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn, the man behind Reading & Leeds, has been at the forefront of the festival industry for over 30 years. Alongside Red Hot Chili Peppers, this year features dual headliners Foal and Disclosure and Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro, with each pair swapping top slots between the two sites. No sooner than the festivals kicked off this morning, we spoke to Benn about heritage acts, future headliners and a lack of gender equality in the industry.

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