A year ago, Justin, Freddie, Arni and Tom played a show in the NME/Radio 1 tent at Reading & Leeds that affirmed jut how massive they had become. Now, only 12 months on, they’ve got a brilliant second album on the go, and have moved up to the Main Stage, with only Florence and Kasabain above them. Hail the unstoppable rise of The Vaccines!

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Why The Hell Has The Sound Been So Quiet At Hyde Park All Summer?

Following on from Blur’s barely audible gig the other day, and the even earlier culling of Bruce Springsteen and Macca’s set, weinvestigate who’s been spoiling all the fun in central London, and whether Hyde Park is fit for purpose as a gig venue anymore.

When Noel G Met Jake Bugg
One is the high flying legend formerly of Oasis. The other is the UK’s finest young songwriter. They met, we listened in.

Pieces Of Me
J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr reveals his influences and inspirations

Reading & Leeds Preview
Dive into our 22-page preview of the weekend of the year.

Meet New Radar Star… Angel Haze
Fiery-tongued MC with aspirations to rule over NYC’s new rap contingent

“Careers Start In Clubs Like This”
A look back at all the amazing gigs at the legendary 100 Club

Amazing Free Posters
Classic Reading & Leeds moments for your wall

New Albums Reviewed
Animal Collective, Elbow, LV and Holy Other

Caught Live
The highs and lows of V Festival, Madeon and Alunageorge team up, Bloc Party return, and it all kicks off at Way Out West

Does Rock’n’Roll Kill Braincells?
The bona fide legend that is Chuck D takes the ultimate test…

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