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20 Young Acts That Could Step Up To Headline Slots In 2015

  • Festival season 2014 is in full swing, and Glastonbury has been and gone, but the conversation about next year’s headliners has already begun. So lo and behold, here is our list of 20 newish bands and performers who are going to make the step-up to headliner status in 2015 and see off those heritage acts.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2014

  • Vampire Weekend Three excellent albums in, and Vampire Weekend are yet to disappoint. Always billing high up on the big stages nowadays, 2015 could well be the year to see the New-York rockers top a major bill. We’d like to see them at Bestival, where they would be well suited to the playful energy of the place.

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    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • Grimes Currently working on her fourth album, and with a new single recently released, 2015 is set to be a big one for Canada’s Grimes. We want Field Day to be brave and put her at the top. The crowd would relish the chance to have ‘Oblivion’ close out their weekend. Glorious.

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    Added: 05 Jun 2013

  • Jungle The buzziest act at Glastonbury are taking 2014 by storm, and with a stonking debut which we gave an 8/10, there’s no reason why the dance duo can’t headline somewhere next year. They’d be perfect for Boardmasters, fitting in perfectly with the young, excitable crowd. If Bastille can do it this year, Jungle can definitely do it next. Read a feature on Jungle in this week's NME.

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    Added: 27 Jun 2014

  • St. Vincent What a year 2014 has been for Annie Clark, and her self-titled fourth album has pushed her further towards the headline slot she deserves. Her live shows have provided ample opportunities to show that, beyond the sublime guitar skills, she’s a terrific live presence too.

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    Added: 29 Jun 2014

  • Jake Bugg He headlined the Other Stage at Glastonbury 2014 and he's sub-headlining Reading & Leeds two years on from playing the relatively intimate Festival Republic tent. Jake Bugg’s ascension is unstoppable. Melvin Benn clearly has a soft spot for him, and we know the organiser isn’t afraid to give bands that leg up to headliner status (such as Biffy last year).

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    Added: 28 Jun 2014

  • Royal Blood Yes, they haven’t even got an album out. But they’re one of the most hyped bands this year, and they have riffs so heavy that they’d make Josh Homme green with envy. They managed to pull a crowd twice the size of the John Peel tent at Glastonbury – let’s see them headline Field Day or The Other Stage at Glasto.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2014

  • Foals Yes, we know that Foals will have headlined a bunch of great festivals come the end of summer, such as Bestival, but 2015 is the year the Oxford lads should ascend to the next level. Let’s see them top the bill at Reading & Leeds. They’ve got riffs heavier than anything festival favourites Blink-182 could ever muster and the intensity to match any live performer.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2014

  • Metronomy They smashed their Field Day headline slot earlier this year, and on evidence from their 2014 shows, the band really have never been better live. We’d love to see them at the idyllic mid-sized Kendal Calling or Latitude.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2014

  • Florence + The Machine If Flo could sub-headline Reading & Leeds back in 2012, who’s to say she can’t headline any major festival next year? Come new material, brace yourself for the headline slot, folks. She can do it. And we certainly hope she does.

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    Added: 05 Jun 2014

  • Skrillex With live shows as brilliantly bonkers as his, is there anywhere Skrillex can’t play? He certainly showed that he can do the biggest and best festival in the world, when he stormed Glastonbury’s Other Stage. We’d love to see him do T in the Park. The Scots get notoriously lively at the do, and Skrillex would no doubt deliver something special.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2014

  • CHVRCHES CHVRCHES have had an unbelievable year or so, and we wouldn’t be surprised to see them move up from the John Peel stage at Glastonbury to the Pyramid for 2015. But not for a headline slot. Not yet, anyway. No, in 2015, CHVRCHES should headline Field Day. They have enough anthems off of the back of one album that some groups never achieve with a huge following

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    Added: 22 Jul 2013

  • Noel Gallagher If his Britpop rival Damon Albarn can headline Latitude off just one solo album, then don’t be surprised for Gallagher to do at least the same after he releases his second. Could we even see him headline Glastonbury? Paddy Power have him on for 10/1 to take the slot. That’s definitely worth a punt.

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    Added: 19 Aug 2012

  • Disclosure It never fails to impress just how many hits Disclosure managed to rattle off from their debut, 'Settle'. We’d love to see the brothers top Bestival. The crowds crave fun, energetic music, and Disclosure can provide that stimulus by the lorry-full. And think of the masks they’d inspire at the famously fancy-dress crazed shindig over on the Isle Of Wight.

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    Added: 09 Jun 2014

  • Wolf Alice Another emerging group having a great year, Wolf Alice are destined for great things. They’re playing early on for small festival Blissfields this year, and seeing the quartet ascend to the top of the bill at a small festival next summer would be a great result for them.

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    Added: 28 Jun 2014

  • The Black Keys Over the past few years, The Black Keys have played close to the top of the bill at quite a few major festivals, most recently Glastonbury. We can’t be the only ones who would be thrilled to see the blues-rockers top a line-up sheet. The Isle Of Wight Festival could be a potentially great fit…

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    Added: 07 Jul 2014

  • The 1975 Many might be surprised how quickly The 1975 have shot up the bills, but it’s undeniable that the group have done well to garner so much support in such a short space of time. Though they may go high up on main stages, we think they’d be well suited to taking the Y-Not headline crown.

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    Added: 29 Jun 2014

  • The Horrors An excellent live band that, now with the release of ‘Luminous’, have a host of great tunes to fill a big set. The Horrors need to headline next year, and we think End Of The Road would be a perfect fit for the group. ‘Still Life’ as the sun sets over the capital? Yes please.

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    Added: 07 Jul 2014

  • Foster The People Who’s ready for a bit of ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in a massive field? The group aren’t quite ready to ascend to the top of a major stage now, so a festival like the mid-sized Y-Not would make sense for them.

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    Added: 17 Mar 2014

  • Bombay Bicycle Club They’re sub-headlining Latitude on the Saturday, but 2015 is the year for Bombay. They released their massively successful fourth album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’ earlier this year, and we can’t see a reason why their subsequent touring can’t lead them on to take the headline slot at Latitude 2015.

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    Added: 20 Dec 2012

  • Ed Sheeran Now this list isn’t necessarily all about people who deserve a headline slot, but it would be a safe bet that Sheeran will nab one next year. Somewhere. He is commercially successful beyond belief, with his second album becoming the most streamed album in Spotify’s history in just one week. Could the Sheeranator top the bill at somewhere like V Festival?

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    Added: 02 Jun 2014