White Lies will fill the field with sublime darkness on the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Friday in Leeds and Saturday in Reading. Pic: PA Photos
The Reading and Leeds festival is almost upon us, and if you’re half as excited as we are you’ll be planning which bands to see when. Here are 30 acts you really shouldn’t miss. Mark Lanegan’s Soulsavers will give a masterclass in epic gloom on the Festival Republic Stage on Friday at Reading and Sunday in Leeds.
Denver electro-crunk goofballs 3OH!3 are already massive in the US and set to storm the UK. Don’t miss their set on the Dance Stage on Saturday in Leeds and Sunday at Reading. Pic: Richard Johnson
The Temper Trap played an inspired set in our basement last week, and we can’t wait to hear the likes of ‘Love Lost’ live on the Festival Republic stage on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds).
In fact the Festival Republic stage is a who’s who of musical heroes, including Texan pysch-rock freaks White Denim, who bring the stop-start garage thrills on Saturday in Leeds and Sunday in Reading. Pic: Ns
Still not seen the new guitar-less Yeah Yeah Yeahs? You better be up front for their Main Stage set on Sat (Leeds) and Sun (Reading). Pic: Danny North
Passion Pit are taking an early afternoon slot in the NME Radio 1 tent on Saturday in Leeds and Sunday in Reading. Make sure you’re there to see their blog-friendly multi-keyboard assault up close and personal. Pic: PA Photos
Best UK newcomer at last year’s MOBOs and a featured artist on that massive Ironik ‘Tiny Dancer’ track, Chipmunk plays the dance stage (Sat Leeds, Sun Reading). Pic: PA Photos
With her track ‘Remedy’ currently riding high in the charts, Little Boots’ quest for world domination continues apace. Expect Tenori-Ons, spangly outfits and some massive pop gems as she storms the NME/Radio 1 stage on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds). Pic: PA Photos
Everyone’s favourite goth-rockers The Horrors bring that astonishing second album ‘Primary Colours’ to the NME / Radio 1 stage on Friday afternoon in Reading and Sunday in Leeds. Pic: PA Photos
As usual, the Lock Up stage makes way for the dance stage this year. And Saturday in Leeds (Sunday in Reading) sees MSTRKRFT, Chase & Status and Lady Sovereign ramp up the RPM. Deadmau5 (pictured) headlines. Pic: PA Photos
Radiohead debuted some new tracks in Austria last weekend, including ‘These Are My Twisted Words’. Expect more of the same from their Main Stage headline set this time. Probably not ‘Creep’ though. (Leeds Saturday, Reading Sunday). Pic: PA Photos
Gossip headline the NME/Radio 1 stage on Friday in Leeds and Saturday in Reading and will no doubt treat us to some massive sounding disco punk from this summer’s ‘Music For Men’. Pic: PA Photos
The Prodigy are made for festivals, and they’re especially made for the Reading And Leeds festival. Keith will be smacking his bitch up and starting fires just before Arctic Monkeys on Friday in Leeds and Saturday in Reading. Pic: PA Photos
More electronic punk action comes courtesy of Toronto’s MSTRKRFT, who will stretch eardrums to breaking point with vocoders, cowbell and beats loud enough to drown out half of the site. (Dance stage Leeds, Sat and Reading, Sun). Pic: SJ
With King Monkey releasing four excellent new tracks from his new album recently, we’re super stoked at the prospect of seeing him live again. Ian Brown play the Main Stage Leeds on Friday and Reading on Saturday. Pic: PA Photos
We heard recently that Kings Of Leon still get nervous before big shows. You wouldn’t know it though, as Nathan Followill blows bubbles through his drum fills and the rest belt out the likes of ‘Use Somebody’ and ‘Sex On Fire’. Rock royalty hits Reading’s Main Stage on Friday and Leeds on Sunday.
Does It Offend You, Yeah?’s Morgan brings his much better band Plugs to the site on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds). They’re playing the BBC Introducing stage.
She cut her teeth on an NME Tour and went on to sell half a million copies of ‘In For The Kill’ over the summer. Don’t miss the pop phenomenon that is La Roux when she headlines the Festival Republic stage on Sat (Leeds) and Sun (Reading). Pic: Richard Johnson
The recently-reformed Faith No More will no doubt be one of the biggest deals this weekend. Catch Mike Patton’s vocal acrobatics at the top of the bill in the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Friday in Leeds and Sunday in Reading. Pic: Danny North
The Goldheart Assembly specialise in beautiful folk harmonies. Fans of Fleet Foxes would be foolish to miss their Saturday slot on the Festival Republic stage (in Leeds, Sunday in Reading). Pic: Jo McCaughey
Perhaps the best female artist channeling the spirit of Kate Bush, Marina And The Diamonds brings her theatrical pop to the Festival Republic stage on Friday (Leeds) and Saturday (Reading). She’s also lined up for the autumn NME Radar tour. Pic: Danny North
Arctic Monkeys. Headline slot. Main Stage. Need we say more? See you there on Friday in Leeds and Saturday in Reading. Pic: James Looker
Like walls of sound? Fan of feedback? No-one’s doing it better than The Big Pink right now, so go get your cochleas rinsed on the Festival Republic stage on Friday in Reading and Sunday in Leeds. Pic: Tom Oxley
Black Lips’ shows in the past have involved chickens, fireworks and lots of nudity. God only knows what the self-styled “flower-punks” will bring to Reading’s Festival Republic stage on Friday and Leeds on Sunday. Pic: James Quinton
The NME/Radio 1 Stage, around sunset. ‘Drumming Song’ blasting from the gargantuan PA. Florence And The Machine thrashing about the stage. It will be a moment. See you there on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds). Pic: Tom Oxley
Wedged between The View and Vampire Weekend on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds), Brand New will astound and amaze with several albums-worth of quasi-prog noisemongery.
Amongst a slew of Zeus-heavy bands playing the Lock Up tent (Anti-Flag, Billy Talent, Rise Against) The Bronx will be the loudest and the best. Catch them around sundown on Friday (Leeds) and Saturday (Reading).
Formed of various members of Queens Of The Stone Age and Mark Lanegan’s band, Sweethead bring even more desert rock goodness to the Reading site’s Festival Republic stage (Friday) and Leeds (Sunday).
You don’t need to be a member of the Biffy army to check out Marmaduke Duke’s beserk genre-splicing stage show. Expect fancy dress when they headline the Festival Repbulic stage on Friday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds). Pic: Neal Smith