50 bands to see this summer

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50 bands to see this summer

Arctic Monkeys Why?: Hear the full throttle ‘Suck It And See’ in all its live glory. Where: T In The Park (July 8), Oxegen (July 9).

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50 bands to see this summer

Pulp Why?: “Let’s all meet up in the year 2000” or, as it turns out, 2011. A dream reunion finally (finally!) realized. Where: Isle Of Wight (June 11), Wireless (July 3), T In The Park (July 10), Reading and Leeds (August 27-28).

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50 bands to see this summer

Weezer Why?: On the back of the ‘Pinkerton’ celebration and with a new album in the offing, expect a hit packed set from the alt.pop demigods. Where:Sonisphere Festival July 9.

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Odd Future Why?: Will alt.hip hop’s biggest things live up to the hype? There’s only one way to find out… Where: Reading and Leeds (August 26,28).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Darkness Why?: Ironic pomp rock that’s better than you remember it from the first time around. Where: Download Festival (June 10).

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50 bands to see this summer

Tame Impala Why?: A perfect soundtrack (i.e dreamy and psychedelic) to that moment when you’re in the Green Field hugging shrubbery, after too much fizzy pop. Where: Glastonbury (June 25).

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Snoop Dogg Why?: The Doggfather returns with 'Doggystyle 2: The Doggumentary'. Can we handle this many Dogg-based puns? Sure we can! Where : Lovebox Weekender (July 16).

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Beady Eye Why?: The best bits of ‘Different Gear, Still Speeding’ are summer festival sing alongs in waiting. Where: Isle Of Wight (June 12), T In The Park (July 10), Reading and Leeds (August 26-27)

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50 bands to see this summer

Suede Why?: The best in their catalogue is amongst the greatest Brit pop of the last 20 years. Where Latitude Festival (July 17).

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50 bands to see this summer

Seasick Steve Why?: World-weary, spine-tingling blues from a man who has seen it and done it all. Where: Isle Of Wight Festival (June 11), Larmer Tree Festival (June 17).

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50 bands to see this summer

Santigold Why?: After collabs with everyone from Julian Casablancas to Christina Aguilera, it’ll be the first chance to hear her much anticipated new album. Where: Lovebox Weekender (July 16), Bestival (September 8-11).

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Muse Why?: To celebrate the 10th anniversary of ‘The Origin Of Symmetry’ they are to play the whole album in its entirety. Where: Reading and Leeds (August 26, 28).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown Why?: He brings you…FIRE! So why the hell not? File with other um 'niche' Glasto acts: Don McClean, Deacon Blue and The Wombles. Where: Glastonbury (June 27).

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50 bands to see this summer

Chase & Status Why?: Now that Faithless are waving goodbye, Chase & Status take up their best-dance-band-of-festival mantle. Get ready to get raved up! Where: We The People Festival (June 4), Parklife Festival (June 12), Glastonbury (June 24), Wireless (July 7), T In The Park (July 9), Oxegen (July 10), Kendal Calling (July 29).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Mars Volta Why?: Since debuting new material at SXSW, Omar and Cedric’s reunion is in full swing. A handy preview of album number six. Where: Sonisphere Festival (July 8-10)

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50 bands to see this summer

My Chemical Romance Why?: Wave bye-bye to Gerard’s red barnet and see MCR roll out The Fabulous Killjoys for, one suspects, one final hurrah. Where: Oxegen Festival (August 7), T In The Park (August 7), Reading and Leeds (August 26,27).

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Warpaint Why?: Re-live the ghostly, spooky brilliance from last year’s ‘The Fool’ album. Where: The Great Escape Festival (May 12), Stag and Dagger (May 21), Glastonbury (June 24,25), Big Chill (Aug 4-7), Field Day (August 6), Reading and Leeds (26,28).

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50 bands to see this summer

Kaiser Chiefs Why?: Kaisers are back, back, back and will, fingers crossed, premiere new material from their forthcoming fourth long player. Where: Isle Of Wight (June 10), V Festival (August 20,21).

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Metallica Why?: A night of heavy metal bliss which sees Metallica headline with Slayer, Megadeath and Anthrax. Where: Sonisphere July 8.

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Plan B Why?: Fresh from some support dates with the big guns (Janelle Monae, Adele), will he really retire his Strickland Banks soul man completely? Let's hope so. Where: Isle Of Wight (June 12), Glastonbury (June 26), Wireless (July 1), Oxegen (July 8-10), V Festival (August 20-21).

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The Streets Why?: Give Mike one final hurrah as The Streets exits stage left. But dry your eyes mate, because you know he’ll be back soon. Where: Wireless (July 2).

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TV On the Radio Why?: Hear brilliant new album ‘Nine Types Of Light’ in all its widescreen glory. Where: Wireless (July 3).

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50 bands to see this summer

Primal Scream Why?: Celebrating the 20th anniversary of ‘Screamadelica’ in the sun topped surrounding of Pllton? Yes please! Where: Glastonbury (June 24), T In The Park (July 9), Oxegen (July 10).

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Eels Why?: Their world-wide jaunt in support of their album trilogy hits the UK in style. Where: Glastonbury (June 26), Oxegen (July 9), T In The Park (July 10).

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50 bands to see this summer

Rihanna Why?: Beyonce may be doing Pilton but Ri-Ri is on-hand to provide pop thrills a plenty elsewhere at V. Where: V Festival (August 20,21)

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Bill Bailey Why?: Waving the comedy flag alongside Jackass’s Steve- O, Bailey’s set to bring the much needed LOLZ to Sonisphere (well that is if you don’t count Silpknot). Where Sonisphere Festival July 10.

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James Blake Why?: Nocturnally minded dubstep will provide the xx-moments of this years festival experience. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), Field Day (August 6).

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Duran Duran Why?: Back with their first quality album in years, DD also have a staggering back catalogue of pop gems to thrill festival masses with. Where: V Festival (August 20-21).

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Wiz Khalifa Why?: Leading a wave of idiosyncratic rappers that include Odd Future, he also sings a bit too. Where: V Festival (August 20-21).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Naked & Famous Why?: Experience the glitchy indie pop quintet joy in all their thumping glory. Where: Wireless (July 3).

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50 bands to see this summer

PJ Harvey Why?: Hot on the heels of her universally acclaimed ‘Let England Shake’ album, Peej takes her autoharp to the Isle Of Wight. Where: Bestival (September 8-11).

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Magnetic Man Why?: Dubstep supertrio drop their DnB flava onto Rob Da Bank’s festival. Where: Bestival (September 8-11).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Killers Why?: Following Brandon’s solo album, the Las Vegians reunite from their first UK gigs since 2009. Get ready those punches air bound. Where: Hyde Park Calling (June 24).

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Death From Above 1979 Why?: As if to prove their continued relevance the reunited duo caused a riot at their SXSW show. We can’t wait to catch them at their first festival show in years. Where: Reading and Leeds (August 26,28).

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Professor Green Why?: The cheeky chappie plays tracks from his new album ‘At Your Inconvenience’ as part of the Summer Series at London’s Somerset House. Where: Somerset House (July 8).

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50 bands to see this summer

Beyonce Why?: Hands in the air diva worship as the killer B ka-pow’s through the hits. Where: Glastonbury (June 26).

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50 bands to see this summer

Bruno Mars Why?: He’s been involved with more hits than The Beatles (um, that’s not strictly true-Chart Ed) also he’d catch a grenade for us. Where: V Festival (August 20-21).

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Hurts Why?: Theo and Adams’s epic pop never had a better home than Somerset House, where there's plenty of space for all that dramatic shape throwing. Where: Somerset House (July 14).

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Anna Calvi Why?: Grandiose and haunting is the recipe for the day as AC roars through the songs from her ace debut. Where: Nationwide (begins at Portsmouth Wedgewood Rooms, May 1).

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Brian Wilson Why?: Beach Boys legend will play his new album ‘Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin’ along with all the classic surfy hits. Where: Bestival (September 8-11).

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The Music Why?: A decade of epic jams comes to a close with three farewell shows. Don’t sob, just dance. Where: Brixton Academy (August 4), Leeds Academy (August 5-6).

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Wu Tang Clan Why? Many headed Hip Hop hydra unleash their unstoppable flow, performing new tracks during their first festival appearances in four years. Where: Glastonbury (June  24).

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Wild Beasts Why?: It’s a chance to see a Kendal quartet at the top of their game, performing selections from career best album ‘Smother’. Where:Isle Of Wight (June 11), Glastonbury Festival (June 25), Big Chill (Aug 4-7), Field Day (August 6), End Of The Road Festival (September 2).

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50 bands to see this summer

U2 Why?: The rock legends finally get their Glasto moment (in the sun?) after last year’s cancellation. Where: Glastonbury (June 24).

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50 bands to see this summer

Stevie Nicks Why: Fleetwood Mac legend plays her first solo UK shows in more than 20 years. Expect lots of hits 'n' lace. Where: Hyde Park Calling (June 26).

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Noah And The Whale Why?: Celebrate Twickenham’s finest transition from folk rockers to power poppers. Where: Glastonbury (June 25), T In The Park (August 10), Green Man Festival (August 20), Reading and Leeds (August 26-27).

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Grace Jones Why?: A pop legend who straddles the world of disco, pop, reggae, new wave and whose live show are always An Event. Need any more reasons to go? Where: Wireless (July 3).

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The Cure Why?: Goth-indie titans show why they’ve influenced everyone from White Lies to Crystal Castles in their only European show this year. Expect big hits and even bigger hair. Where: Bestival (September 8-11).

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50 bands to see this summer

The Eagles Why?: Makers of dozens of country pop classics. Also providers of nascent musical memories; didn't everyone's parents owned a copy of one of their albums? Where: The Hop Farm Festival (July 1).

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Adam Ant Why? The returning dandy king, has a catalogue of quite brilliant and bonkers hits to choose from Where: Hard Rock Calling (June 26), Guilfest (July 15)

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