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. In the past few years the mobile music identification service has become a barometer for success and popularity. What you see below is based on the amount of global Shazams the artists have had since the app began. The acts on the line-up have had a massive 70 million Shazams between them.
The Reading & Leeds 2014 line-up if it was decided by popularity according to Shazam
The actual Reading & Leeds 2014 line-up