Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

It's the August bank holiday bash that we've been waiting for all summer, Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 kicks off this weekend. Here are 20 acts you should check out - starting with Pete Doherty, who's playing the Festival Republic Stage; Reading (10.30pm, August 28th) Leeds (10.10pm, 26th August).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Muse Why? Five years on from their last headline slot expect a classic performance from Muse. Where? Main Stage; Reading (9.30pm, August 28th) Leeds (9pm, 26th August). Get last minute tickets here

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Odd Future Why? One of the most hyped acts on the planet right now. The band have pulled out of their Leeds performance due to a clash with the VMAs, but get down early at Reading to watch Tyler, The Creator and crew wreak havoc. Who knows, Earl might even be there. Where? NME Stage; Reading (2.55pm, August 27th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Two Door Cinema Club Why? Promoted from the NME tent to the main stage, if the sun is out their set will be the only place to be. Where? Main Stage; Reading (2.55pm, August 27th) Leeds (2.40pm, August 28th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Elbow Why? Expect hits from 'The Seldom Seen Kid' and 'Build A Rocket Boys' performed in style by Guy Garvey and co. Where? Main Stage; Reading (7.50pm, August 28th) Leeds (7.20pm, August 26th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Crystal Castles Why? Their fifth Reading And Leeds weekend performance should be a raucous affair due to the livewire Alice Glass. Be warned, she will end up in the crowd. Where? NME Stage; Reading (8.30pm, August 27th) Leeds (8pm, August 28th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Warpaint Why? Exciting female four piece Warpaint hit the UK shores to dazzle and enchant us as they have done in America, gorgeous music for summer days. Where? NME Stage; Reading (4.45pm, August 28th) Leeds (4.25pm, August 26th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

The Midnight Beast Why After packing out the alternative tent last year The Midnight Beast headline the Festival Republic stage. Tongues will be firmly in cheeks. Where? Festival Republic Tent; Reading (10.30pm, August 27th) Leeds (10.10pm, August 28th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

D/R/U/G/S Why? The next big thing in dance, see them here first. Where? Dance Stage; Reading (12.15pm, August 27th) Leeds (12 noon, August 27th). Get last minute tickets here

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

The Vaccines Why? Making their Reading and Leeds debuts, their set promises to be one to remember, a showcase of the next big thing. Where? NME Stage; Reading (6.45pm, August 26th) Leeds (6.25pm, August 27th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Pulp Why? Britpop legends return to show the youths how its done. Everyone practice their 'Common People' dance. Where? Main Stage; Reading (8.30pm, August 27th) Leeds (9.30pm, August 28th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Beady Eye Why? Gallagher and team headline the NME tent during their first summer of festivals, whatever happens it will be a talking point. Where? NME Stage; Reading (10.30pm, August 26th) Leeds (10pm, August 27th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Death From Above 1979 Why? With their SXSW reunion show turning into a full on riot, the Canadian noise-duo should incite craziness on both days. Where? NME Stage; Reading (7pm, August 28th) Leeds (6.35pm, August 26th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Frank Turner Why? A festival veteran playing on the main stage this year. Mass singalongs and a feel good spirit are the order of the day for Turner. Where? Main Stage; Reading (2.05pm, August 28th) Leeds (1.40pm, August 26th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Tim Minchin Why? Combining music and comedy Minchin will bring the Alternative tent alive with his satire and wit, if you like a laugh this is a must see performance. Where? Alternative Tent; Reading (3.30pm, August 28th) Leeds (4.15pm, August 27th).

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Cage The Elephant Why? Their last album 'Thank You, Happy Birthday' was a riot of fun and their early doors set will be more of the same. Where? NME Stage; Reading (2.35pm, August 28th) Leeds (2.25pm, August 26th). Listen to our essential playlist

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

The Streets Why? Mike Skinner is laying The Streets to rest so get down and witness the passing of a legend. Where? NME Stage; Reading (8.20pm, August 28th) Leeds (7.50pm, August 26th), 8.20pm. Sign up for our free festival updates

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

Architects Why? Getting the main stage underway with a bang, Architects lead the way in all things heavy from the UK. Mosh pits necessary. Where? Main Stage; Reading (August 26th) Leeds (August 27th), 12 noon. Download our festivals app for free

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

My Chemical Romance Why? MCR have totally reinvented themselves since their infamous 2006 bottling incident, expect grandeur. Where? Main Stage; Reading (10pm, August 26th) Leeds (9.30pm, August 27th), 10pm. All the action from Reading And Leeds

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Reading And Leeds Festivals 2011 - 20 must-see acts

The Strokes Why? The Strokes bring a set that packs as much New York swagger as it does classic tunes. Where? Main Stage; Reading (10.30pm, August 27th) Leeds (7.45pm, 28th August) Hear (almost) all the bands playing Reading And Leeds Get last minute tickets here

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