Excited about Reading and Leeds? Good, we are. It’s become a cliche, but it’s true: R&L is the true music-lovers’ festival, a chance to see all the new bands you’ve discovered over the past year, in one place.
Here’s a playlist we made of the songs we’re most keyed up about hearing, from Blink 182 to Gaggle.
And, after the jump, we’ve picked out the bands we’re looking forward to the most. How about you?
Tim Chester: You genuinely don’t get more bands for your bang anywhere else, and I’m looking forward to practically everything that’s not on the main stage (G N’R aside). So (deep breath) Four Tet, Holy Fuck, Yeasayer, Marina, LCD, Summer Camp, Tame Impala, Warpaint, Free Energy, Gallops, Egyptian Hip Hop. If I had to single out one, it would be LA’s worldly party types Fools Gold because they put on a SHOW.
Emily Mackay: Foals. It’s been great watching our spiky little Oxonian weirdoes blossom into what’s looking more and more like it could be a proper great British band this year, and I expect nothing less than a Crowning Moment.
Laura Snapes: Summer Camp. I may have seen these two a rather embarrassing amount of times this summer, but never on a stage this big. I’ll be bribing them with all the cake in the world to play ‘Veronica Sawyer’ off their gorgeous new EP, ‘Young’ – they never do it live!
Paul Stokes: The Walkmen (Main Stage) are top of my list to see this year, even if they are first thing on at the festival and once you get onto ‘festival time’ midday starts feeling like six in the morning. I’m also hoping LCD Soundsystem can repeat the performance they gave on Sunday at Glastonbury this year. They’re playing Friday night at Reading and I’ll be honest, bad disco dancing should be expected.
Abby Tayleure: Gaggle on the Festival Republic Stage. When watching a band playing a lunchtime slot at Reading and Leeds, you need the whole package to make sure you can prize your sleep-deprived, hungover eyes open. Gaggle, with their brightly coloured dresses, tribal chants, and songs about boys, guitars and cigarettes, should do the job.
David Moynihan: Once night falls and the festival turns dark ‘n’ messy I’m looking forward to seeing Crystal Castles, Foals, Guns N’ Roses and Magnetic Man (my dubstep baptism is long overdue). During daylight hours I’m planning on floating though hangovers with the sublime Caribou, Summer Camp, Mystery Jets, Girls, Yeasayer, Local Natives and Tame Impala.
Matt Wilkinson: Warpaint – one of the best live band’s I’ve seen in years, this is their first proper UK festival and also the first real chance for the masses to see how good they are (in a word: ace).
Jamie Fullerton: The Libertines. Just because when I see them at Leeds it could be the final full stop of the
band that meant most to a generation. Until they play Reading the following night.