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The 30 Most Exciting Bands Playing Festivals in 2014 - As Chosen By You

  • Following an exciting new wave of festival announcements in the last week, we asked you which bands you were most psyched to see this summer. First up was Luke Halls, who summarized the Loveless brothers’ no-nonsense appeal by saying “Drenge. Because Drenge”. ‘Nuff said.

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    Added: 09 Sep 2013

  • Nathan Moore, meanwhile, is championing The Killers: “Their shows are the best I've seen,” he enthused. “Their energy is awesome and their sound transfers all that directly to the crowd and forces the whole concert to bounce”.

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    Added: 01 Nov 2013

  • Repping it for the Radar stars, Ben Myers said he was most excited about seeing elusive duo Jungle “so I can finally hear more than their three (amazing) songs online...” Judging by their rapturously-received recent London show, you won’t be disappointed.

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    Added: 08 Oct 2013

  • Unsurprisingly, the most popular choice among NME.com readers were winners of this year’s Best British Band and Best British Album awards and champions of “that rock’n’roll”, Arctic Monkeys. Tom Kellock and Beth-Sheffie Lyra Williams were among those fighting Turner and co’s corner.

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    Added: 03 Oct 2013

  • Over in the classic rock camp, Kyle Finnerty will be making sure he doesn’t miss a thing at Donnington Park this year. “Going for old school here and gonna say Aerosmith at Download,” he told us.

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    Added: 04 Mar 2014

  • Of course, it’s not just the UK festivals that are already revealing a whole host of tantalizing announcements. “The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Primavera in Barcelona. Easy,” commented Nathan Jolliffe. Surely, no-one would bet against the live return of unhinged fireball Anton Newcombe being a thrilling one.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • Also joining the bill on the NME/ Radio One stage at Reading and Leeds this summer are high octane South African rap/rave group Die Antwoord, who Ashley Padget told us he was most enthused about seeing this festival season.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • T in the Park have always been loyal supporters of local talent and this year is looking set to be no exception. Alastair Carroll told us that Glaswegians Vigo Thieves were his pick of the festival because “they always have the best atmosphere at gigs”. Maybe they could just steal the show in Scotland?

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • After a year that’s seen Disclosure score a number one album with debut ‘Settle’, sell out gigs across the country and land a Mercury Music Prize nomination, it’s no surprise that their festival sets are some of the most anticipated of summer 2014. Valentin Sappy was just one of the many NME.com readers who agreed.

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    Added: 02 Dec 2013

  • From dance to howling desert rock now, and James Winspear wrote to tell us that his money was on Queens of the Stone Age stealing this year’s festival crown. They might be going up against co-headliners Paramore at Reading & Leeds, but you wouldn’t bet against the Ginger Elvis doing something pretty special…

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    Added: 03 Mar 2014

  • @karinathebeana, meanwhile, tweeted us to say she was getting most excited about Taylor Momsen-fronted quartet The Pretty Reckless. They’ve only been confirmed for a handful of US festivals so far, but they’ll no doubt be making their way across the Atlantic at some point this summer.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • Already confirmed for T in the Park, Benacassim and V Festival, however, are Welsh legends Manic Street Preachers, who @Hatful_ofhollow told us was his pick of the summer, adding “#IfYouTolerateThisYourChildrenWillBeNext” – surely guaranteed to be one of the sing-a-long anthems of any weekender.

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    Added: 12 Nov 2013

  • @TheThird_Man is looking forward to “Arcade Fire @coachella”. However, if you’re not one of the lucky ones sunning it up it California this April, then The Reflektors will also be topping the bill at Glastonbury in June – potentially a little more rainy, but guaranteed to be a killer set all the same.

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    Added: 11 Dec 2013

  • Now with a debut LP under their belts and a host of original material to add to their well-honed set of classic covers, The Strypes are sure to prove a crowd-pleasing favourite this summer. @annefinlay2 also agrees with us – she tweeted to say she was going to see them at SOS4.8 in Spain.

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    Added: 25 Aug 2013

  • @deevirtue gave us a whole list of potential summer scene-stealers, but playing their first festival season after the release of last year’s heavier ‘Mechanical Bull’, Kings of Leon are the ones we reckon could return with a reinvigorated new lease of life.

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    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • Meanwhile, @robertacapuano tells us: “Waiting for ‪@KasabianHQ to come back on stage!!! They are the best band in the world, it doesn't make sense to ask why...” Let’s just hope they don’t bring any horsemeat in the burgers with them too, eh?

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    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • @conorsmith14 is going to be heading down to the front for Alter Bridge. “It’s rare for a band’s fourth album to be full of quality songs,” he enthused. Surely, whittling down four solid albums is the kind of problem it’s a pleasure to face.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • Basque Country enthusiasts Crystals Fighters were the choice of @richardcobbtwit. “‪@crystalfighters really capture what festivals are all about,” he tweeted. “Saw them at ‪@OpenerFestival last year. Real feel good band.”

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • Returning to top the bill on Scottish home turf, Biffy Clyro’s headline at T in the Park is sure to be an explosive and memorable one. @26rushi told us that he was definitely going to be there for the action.

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    Added: 27 Aug 2013

  • Over in the US corner, @8deadboys is waiting for the return of The Black Keys. Patrick Carney and Dan Auerbach have supposedly been working on the follow up to ‘El Camino’ for over a year now, so they should have plenty of new tricks up their sleeves by the time they headline Latitude.

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    Added: 26 Aug 2012

  • @danielPking is another NME.com reader getting excited for Download: “For me it's ‪@TheOfficialA7X (Avenged Sevenfold) at ‪@DownloadFest,” he said. “Even though I might watch The Offspring, I'm eager to see if they make the step up to headliner”.

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    Added: 12 Jun 2011

  • It’s been nearly three years since The Strokes stepped out onto a stage together, so it’s no surprise that their live return is one of the most exciting of the year. @MichaelCostaNY is one of the lucky ones catching their set at the Governor’s Ball in New York this June. We’re not jealous Michael, not at all…

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    Added: 06 Feb 2014

  • Back on home soil, however, @albuquerqueben tweeted us to put his vote towards “The Courteeners at Reading”. Liam Fray and co will be heading up the NME/ Radio One stage at both Reading and Leeds this summer and with years of festival experience under their belt, they’re sure to provide some rowdy kicks.

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    Added: 18 Aug 2013

  • @sipxxxo is looking ahead to Foals at Bestival, enthusiastically adding that there would be “sooo much goodness”. Judging by their killer headline slot at Latitude last year, the Oxford boys’ second festival top spot is sure to be a veritable goodness overload.

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    Added: 06 Dec 2013

  • @pae_onia tweeted us to give props to the stellar line up at Hurricane festival in Germany. Her pick of the bill, however, was James Blake who she simply called a “genius”. It’s always the quiet ones…

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    Added: 09 Sep 2013

  • Already confirmed for a host of festivals worldwide and our own Reading and Leeds, Vampire Weekend will be bringing ‘Modern Vampires…’ to a whole load of cities this summer. They’re @abigailherbert’s favourites for the festivals. Why? “VAMPIRE WEEKEND, BECAUSE VAMPIRE WEEKEND”. You heard.

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    Added: 30 Jun 2013

  • Meanwhile, @GingerFrazer is getting hyped for MGMT at Bilbao BBK this July. Last year’s self-titled third album was the band’s most confident statement of identity yet, and their summer sets are sure to follow suit.

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    Added: 06 Sep 2013

  • Heading over to the dance arena, @SirJoshSmith tweets telling us to watch out for Armin Van Buuren. “His sets are mint!” he enthuses. Not a usual NME choice, sure, but also not one to write off.

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014

  • One of the new crop of British acts sure to translate perfectly to the festival stage are CHVRCHES, who @rugansigian tips as his most noteworthy summer act. Singer Lauren Mayberry may be petite in stature, but there’s no doubt she can pack one hell of an onstage punch.

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    Added: 22 Jul 2013

  • Aaaand finally, of course, it’s the rumour that just won’t die. “Would love to see Oasis reunite again,” tweets @iamskalo, while @adfadzmin adds: “The two biggest egotists, but the most melodically genius bastards in the world.” We’ll hold out on that one until we see it…

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    Added: 13 Mar 2014