Reading and Leeds festivals kick off today. But which bands to see? Radar Editor Jaimie Hodgson recommends the best new acts

Fool’s Gold
When Fool’s Gold played London’s The Borderline the week before last it was voted by the promoters as their greatest gig of all time. For a Hebrew-singing gypsy-rock riot troupe, it’s perhaps an unexpected accolade, but telling of just how hard these LA shmucks bring it.
Festival Republic Stage, Leeds on Saturday, Reading on Sunday



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Freelance Whales
When FW first popped their beaks up last Autumn we branded them "the Owl City it’s OK to like". In retrospect, "Postal Service with Banjos" would have been a kinder tagline. Yet after growing in our hearts all summer long, these lot have shaken any prefix, and merely represent the most tune-laden new American folkies we’ve heard in yonks.
Festival Republic Stage, Leeds on Friday, Reading on Saturday



Summer Camp
With the release of their new EP, Summer Camp have officially proved themselves much more than a one-summer-indie-radio-hit wonder. They’ve proved themselves the most plausible candidates to take the post-everything sampledelic anti-indie of folks like Washed Out, and packaging it up in a way that’s catchy and cutesy enough to be played on daytime radio.
Festival Republic Stage, Reading on Friday, Leeds on Sunday
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Warpaint
On record Warpaint are the freakiest new girl band you’ll have heard in forever, live Warpaint are pretty much the best new band you’ll have heard in forever. In terms of avant-psych-punk thrill rides, well they simply just don’t make em like this anymore.
Festival Republic Stage, Reading on Friday, Leeds on Sunday
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Girls
San Fran’s new conquering slacker kings should by all rights have been ‘doing the rounds’ this summer – i.e squeezing their way into every grassy knees-up that’ll have them. But they haven’t. Their name has been peculiarly absent from summer line-ups altogether. Hence the monumental anticipation surrounding these sole festival slots.
NME/Radio 1 Stage, Reading on Friday, Leeds on Sunday
(Warning: Video is NSFW!)
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