With summer edging ever nearer, it’s time to make a call and book your festival tickets. Here’s some of the bands playing this summer’s festival season – starting with The Cure, who will be kicking off Reading Fest on the Friday night (Aug 24).
Kasabian will also be serving as a headline act at Reading And Leeds Festivals. Click here to watch a video interview with the band discussing the big event, as they reveal that “headlining Reading And Leeds 2012 is an honour”.
The final headline act for Reading And Leeds Festivals are Foo Fighters. Swing by nme.com/video to watch video interviews with loads of other acts on the R&L bill.
Suede will be joining Dylan at Hop Farm, along with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Damien Rice and Primal Scream.
Soundgarden have been confirmed to headline Friday night of Hyde Park Calling.
As Lovebox Festival gets ready to celebrate its 10th anniversary, they’ve invited Grace Jones to headline Sunday (along with co-headliners Hot Chip and Friendly Fires).
Queen and Adam Lambert will be headlining Sonisphere this summer, along with KISS and Faith No More.
Marilyn Manson has been confirmed to play this summer’s Sonisphere Festival.
Black Sabbath will be reforming for a headline appearance at Download Festival.
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band will be flying over from New Jersey to play confirmed sets at both Isle Of Wight Festival and Hard Rock Calling.
In one of the most exciting reformations to hit the music world recently, The Stone Roses have quite a busy summer planned. They’ll definitely be hitting up Benicassim (Spain), T In The Park (Scotland), Fuji Rock Festival (Japan), NorthSide (Denmark), Oya (Norway) and Hultsfred (Sweden).
Rihanna will be returning to the UK festival circuit for yet another summer season, this time headlining Wireless Festival.
Also stopping by Hyde Park for this summer’s Wireless Festival will be Calvin Harris. Perhaps a chance for him to perform hit single ‘We Found Love’ with Rihanna?
The Darkness are back, and they won’t let us forget it. After playing a slot at last year’s Download Fest, they’ll be packing up the Wellies again as they play at Isle Of Wight 2012, along with the likes of Feeder, Professor Green and Example.
Also stopping by this summer’s Isle Of Wight bash will be Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Elbow and Biffy Clyro.
It’s hard to imagine spending an entire summer without catching Metronomy live – which is why it’s a good thing they’ll be bringing ‘The English Riviera’ to Field Day.
Radiohead have been confirmed to play Spain’s Bilbao BBK Live, Portugal’s Optimus Alive Fest and Japan’s Fuji Rock Festival, amongst other worldwide tour dates.
If you’re lucky enough to be spending your summer in Brazil, then you can catch Justice (along with Bjork and James Blake) playing at this year’s Sonar Festival.
The Prodigy have been confirmed as the final headliner of this summer’s Download Festival, along with Black Sabbath and Metallica.
Green Day are rumoured to be playing Reading And Leeds Festivals. There’s also speculation that they might be hitting up Sonisphere, after organizer Stuart Galbraith told NME.com: “I also think we could have Green Day and Blink-182 here, but none of those are confirmed.” There are still more acts to be announced on the bill, so it’s possible…
Joining The Stone Rose’s at this year’s Oya Festival in Norway will be Bjork and Cool List-topping newcomer Azealia Banks.
Assuming she doesn’t injure herself again, we should be seeing Jessie J dance her way onto the Wireless this summer.
Shock rocker extraordinaire Alice Cooper will be headlining Bloodstock Festival, which is said to be his only UK festival appearance in 2012. Festival booker Vicky Gregory said: “As huge fans of Alice Cooper, we are thrilled to have the iconic artist close proceedings on the Sunday night.”
Plenty of big names are attached to this year’s Rock AM Ring in Germany, including Linkin Park, Evanescence, Soundgarden and Marilyn Manson.
Florence And The Machine and The Vaccines will be joining The Stone Roses at Benicassim this summer.
Finland’s Flow Festival will be seeing appearances from Bon Iver and Bjork.
New Order have been confirmed to play this summer’s Future Music Festival in Australia.
Tom Petty will be playing his first UK show for 20 years at Isle Of Wight this June.
Joining Petty at Isle Of Wight will be Pearl Jam (who also announced one-off Manchester headline show for June).
Metallica have confirmed that they will be headlining Saturday night of Download Festival, playing a set that will feature the entirety of their classic 1991 self-titled fifth album – widely known as ‘The Black Album’.
End Of The Road will feature confirmed performances from Grizzly Bear, Tindersticks and The Antlers.
V Festival will be seeing a ‘Fallen Empires’-heavy performance from Snow Patrol, along with the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and The Killers.
Snoop Dogg is set to headline Snowbombing in Austria this April. The bash will also see sets from The Vaccines, Example, DJ Shadow, Jungle Brothers as well as the Fatboy Slim Street Party and DJs including Chase and Status, Zane Lowe and Skream.
The xx will be making their much-awaited return at this summer’s Primavera festival.
Also making a highly-anticipated return this summer are Franz Ferdinand, who have been confirmed to play both Primavera Sound and Field Day.