Before any festival stage times are announced, there’s always that stomach-churning fear that all your favourite bands are going to be on at the same time. How do you choose who to see? With the stage times now out for this year’s Reading & Leeds festivals, we’ve gone through the line-up and picked out some of the most gutting clashes. Remember: plot your weekend wisely, and don’t be too set on following your plan exactly. You can’t have the best time of your life if you’re constantly stressed, can you?
Palma Violets vs Parquet Courts – Friday, Reading/Saturday, Leeds
Lambeth lads Palma Violets are always good when you’re craving a bit of chaos, and second album ‘Danger In The Club’ should provide their hectic sets with a bit of fresh fire. Parquet Courts are a different prospect – one of tightly wound riffs, acerbic lyrics and sweaty, frowning brows. Palmas and PC are also labelmates on Rough Trade, making this clash even more awkward.
Peace vs Bastille – Friday, Reading/Saturday, Leeds
In February’s ‘Happy People’, Peace released one of the best albums of the year so far, and the likes of ‘Gen Strange’ and ‘World Pleasure’ are already cementing themselves as proper festival anthems. The Birmingham band also played a covers set in costume at this year’s Glastonbury. So you should definitely pick them, right? Not so fast, you could miss something MASSIVE. Bastille have been away for a while since they became pop overlords with their 2013 debut ‘Bad Blood’, so could be ready to share some new songs as they hit the Main Stage. The choice is yours.
The Maccabees vs Jamie xx – Sunday, Reading/Friday, Leeds
It’s the battle of the south London boys. Will you choose to watch The Maccabees, who’ll undoubtedly be reveling in the glory of their recent number one album ‘Marks To Prove It’? Or will you opt for the sunkissed sounds of Jamie xx’s solo debut ‘In Colour’? Judging by their festival summers so far, both will be brilliant, making the decision that much harder.
Frank Turner vs The Libertines – Sunday, Reading/Friday, Leeds
Both Frank and the Libs have a lot of love for Camden, but who will win your heart then they’re transplanted to the middle of a field? FT’s headline slot on the Festival Republic stage is a rare solo acoustic set, but the unpredictable nature of The Libertines means you might not want to miss out on them closing out the Main Stage. Who knows when it’ll happen again?
Run The Jewels vs Alt-J – Friday, Reading/Saturday, Leeds
RTJ vs Alt-J, here. On the one hand, you’ve got deeply politicized, inspiring hip-hop. On the other, oddball, experimental indie that’s somehow made it bigger than even its creators could have imagined. Both are bound to put on brilliant shows in completely different ways, so it all depends on if you want to fist pump like a loon with Killer Mike and El-P, or get intense with the triangle-obsessed boys.