Reading And Leeds Festivals to get new stage

BBC Introducing stage will showcase new talent at this year's event

The Reading And Leeds Festivals is to get a brand new stage that will showcase unsigned talent at this year’s event (August 22-24).

The BBC Introducing stage will make its debut at this year’s event, and will be curated by the network’s DJs from across the country, who have a picked a host of up-and-coming and unsigned acts to play across the three-day event.

Huw Stephens, who presents one of the young blood talent shows and was involved in picking the bands, said although the stage has already had spots at Glastonbury and Latitude festivals he’s more excited about its debut at the Reading And Leeds event.

Reading And Leeds is an amazing festival so it’s going to be great,” he told NME.COM. “They’re not all just guitar bands, there’s a real selection, so it’s a really nice addition to all the other stage line-ups.”

Stephens has worked closely with local BBC shows across the UK to finalise the band list, which includes The Horrors‘ protégés Ipso Facto and hotly-tipped indie outfit Thomas Tantrum.

The full BBC Introducing stage line-up is:

I Concur

Pulled Apart By Horses

Razmatazzlorryexcitement

The Cherry Cob Cartel

The Last People on Earth

Skeletons

Hungry Ghosts

The Maybes

Thomas Tantrum

Fangs

General Fiasco

Tripwires

Ipso facto

Fox Cubs

Attack Attack

Flash Guns

Tiger Shadow

Eureka Machines

Darlings Of The Split Screen

Kid iD

Situationists

That Fucking Tank

Loqui

FF’ers

For more on the new stage and a longer interview with Stephens get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands now.

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