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50 bands to see this summer

  • Festival season is almost upon us - and here are the bands we think you need to see. First up, NME cover stars The Dead Weather. Why? Jack White’s a Glastonbury veteran, having previously played on the Pyramid Stage with both The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. Where: Glastonbury (June 26).

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    Added: 19 Apr 2010

  • Surfer Blood. Why? Their debut album could soundtrack your summer. Where: The Great Escape (May 13), ATP (May 14)

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    Added: 11 Nov 2009

  • Arcade Fire. Why? They’ll unveil tracks from their long-awaited new album. Where: Leeds (August 28), Reading (August 29).

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • The Coral. Why? They’re back with a new record – their sixth studio album. Where: Oxegen Festival (July 9), T in the Park (July 10), Latitude (July 18)

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    Added: 19 Apr 2010

  • Belle And Sebastian. Why? They’ve been on a long hiatus, and they’re back with a festival appearance and a 2010 album. Where: Latitude (July 17).

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    Added: 26 Mar 2010

  • Eminem? Why? These are Marshall Mathers' first UK gigs in years. Where: T in the Park (July 10), Oxegen Festival (July 11)

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • The Strokes. Why? After Julian's solo adventures, the ultimate indie gang are back together. Where: Isle of Wight (June 12), RockNess (June 13).

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    Added: 10 Aug 2009

  • Pendulum. Why? Love or loathe their albums, they can be counted on to spark mayhem at festivals. Where: Reading (August 28), Leeds (August 29).

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • Snoop Dogg. Why? Michael Eavis hand-picked him for Glasto. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), Wireless (July 3).

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    Added: 23 Mar 2009

  • Vampire Weekend. Why? Is there a more summery band on the festival circuit? Where: Isle of Wight Festival (June 12), Glastonbury (June 25), T In The Park (July 10), Latitude (July 18).

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    Added: 26 Jan 2009

  • Noah And The Whale. Why? Big-hearted folk in the sunshine - what's not to love? Where: Isle of Wight (June 12), Glastonbury (June 25), Latitude (July 17).

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • Laura Marling. Why? She can make even the biggest festival slot feel intimate. Where: Glastonbury (June 26), Hop Farm Festival (July 3), Latitude (July 16).

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    Added: 06 Apr 2010

  • Roxy Music. Why? Lovebox will be their first gig in five years. Where: Lovebox (July 17), Bestival (September 11).

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • The Prodigy. Why? They're as good now as they've ever been. Where: T in the Park (July 10), V Festival (August 21-22), Bestival (September 12).

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    Added: 29 Aug 2009

  • Rage Against The Machine. Why? If you didn’t get tickets to their free celebratory gig, this is your chance. Where: Download (June 12).

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    Added: 09 Dec 2009

  • Aerosmith. Why? Because Steven Tyler apparently isn’t being replaced, after all. Where: Download (June 13).

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • AC/DC. Why? Because they’re headlining and they know how to rock. Where: Download (June 11).

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • Henry Rollins (spoken word). Why? Because he spins a good yarn. Where: Sonisphere (July 31).

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    Added: 21 Jan 2009

  • Klaxons. Why? Because they've finally finished their second album. Where: Leeds (August 28), Reading (August 29).

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • Gallows. Why? They never give it less than their all. Where: Sonisphere (July 31), Hevy Music Festival (August 7), Rebellion Festival (August 8).

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    Added: 10 Mar 2009

  • Them Crooked Vultures. Why? They’ve already played several European festivals, but this is their first time at Download. Where: Download (June 11).

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    Added: 23 Mar 2010

  • Iron Maiden. Why? They’ve one of the world's great live bands. Where: Sonisphere (July 30).

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    Added: 10 Mar 2009

  • Frank Turner. Why? The ex-Etonian has apparently been working on some new tunes…a prime chance to showcase them? Where: T in the Park (TBA), Latitude (July 17), Leeds (August 27), Reading (August 28).

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    Added: 23 Mar 2009

  • The Drums. Why? Their EP is called ‘Summertime!’ - it's almost too perfect. Where: Glastonbury (June 27), T in the Park (TBA), Leeds (August 28), Reading (August 29).

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    Added: 15 Apr 2010

  • Tinie Tempah. Why? Hey, it’s a festival - after one too many ciders, ‘Pass Out’ will seem like an appropriate song. Where: Wireless (July 4), V Festival (August 21-22), Bestival (September 9-12).

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    Added: 23 Feb 2010

  • Jamie T. Why? He won an NME Award this year for Best Solo Act. Where: Glastonbury (June 26), T in the Park (July 9), V Festival (August 21-22).

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    Added: 13 Oct 2009

  • Stevie Wonder. Why? Because it’s Stevie Wonder! Where: Glastonbury (June 27).

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • U2. Why? Whether you hate them or love them, they give good spectacle. Where: Glastonbury (June 25).

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    Added: 27 Aug 2009

  • The King Blues. Why? Their shit-kicking punk-rock live show is not to be missed. Where: Glastonbury (June 24).

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    Added: 30 Mar 2010

  • Blink-182. Why? The American pop-punks are back after a lengthy hiatus. Where: Reading (August 27), Leeds (August 29).

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    Added: 17 Feb 2009

  • The Big Pink. Why? The band say they have ‘a point to prove’ this year. Where: Isle of Wight Festival (June 13), Wireless (July 3), Latitude (TBA), Reading (August 27), Leeds (August 29).

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    Added: 27 Apr 2010

  • Guns N’ Roses. Why? Even without Slash, they're rock behemoths. Where: Reading (August 27), Leeds (August 29).

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    Added: 11 Jun 2009

  • Queens Of The Stone Age. Why? After moonlighting for Them Crooked Vultures, Josh Homme is back in the saddle. Where: Reading (August 27), Leeds (August 29).

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    Added: 22 Jan 2009

  • The Libertines. Why? They’ve reunited, for now. Hurry and see them before they split up again. Where: Leeds (August 27), Reading (August 28).

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    Added: 01 Apr 2010

  • Weezer. Why? The perfect band for the August bank holiday weekend. Where: Leeds (August 28), Reading (August 29).

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    Added: 09 Jul 2009

  • The Maccabees. Why? Orlando and the boys rarely disappoint. Where: Lovebox Festival (July 16), Latitude (July 17), Leeds (August 27), Reading (August 28).

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    Added: 09 Feb 2010

  • Modest Mouse. Why? It’s the 10th anniversary of landmark album The Moon & Antarctica. Where: Leeds (August 27), Reading (August 28).

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    Added: 29 Mar 2010

  • Mumford And Sons. Why? You won't be able to miss them - they're playing everywhere. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), Hop Farm Festival (July 3), T in the Park (July 10), Summer Sundae Festival (August 15), Reading (August 27), Leeds (August 29). Electric Picnic Festival (September 5), Bestival (September 11).

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    Added: 26 Mar 2010

  • Muse. Why? No-one headlines a festival quite like them. Where: Glastonbury (June 26), T in the Park (July 9), Oxegen (July 10).

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    Added: 19 Apr 2010

  • The Courteeners. Why? They’re the band of the people. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), Isle of Wight Festival (June 13), T in the Park (July 10), V Festival (August 21-22).

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    Added: 23 Feb 2010

  • Paul Weller. Why? Because he’s a Godlike Genius. Where: V Festival (August 21-22).

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    Added: 08 Feb 2010

  • Kings Of Leon. Why? Because a music festival needs a little Southern rock. Where: V Festival (August 21-22).

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    Added: 31 Aug 2009

  • Kasabian. Why? They're still kings of the beery summer singalong. Where: Oxegen (July 10), T In The Park (July 11), V Festival (August 21-22).

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    Added: 26 Nov 2009

  • Fool’s Gold. Why? They’re one of this year's most exciting new bands. Where: Live At Leeds (May 1)

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • The National. Why? Their new album's incredible. Where: Glastonbury (June 26), Latitude (July 16).

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • Tegan And Sara. Why? It'll be a double dose of indie goodness from these identical twins. Where: Glastonbury (June 25).

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    Added: 29 Apr 2010

  • Slash. Why? Because he's not appearing with Guns N’ Roses at Reading and Leeds. Where: Download (June 13), Glastonbury (June 27), Wireless (July 4).

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009

  • The Gaslight Anthem. Why? They’re always good for a fist-pumping singalong. Where: Leeds (August 27), Reading (August 28).

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    Added: 30 Aug 2009

  • Dizzee Rascal. Why? He's on top of his game right now. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), T in the Park, (July 11), Bestival (September 9-12).

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    Added: 23 Aug 2009

  • British Sea Power. Why? They rival the Flaming Lips for onstage craziness. Where: The NME Weekender.

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    Added: 23 Jan 2009