10 new acts that’ll blow your mind at Reading & Leeds this weekend

Soz gammons – there’s actually loads of bloody great music playing at Reading & Leeds this year. A tweet bemoaning the change of music in 18 years went viral earlier this week, despite there being, like, fucking loads of ace new music playing this weekend.

Go on, go see them, then.

Jimothy Lacoste

When: Reading – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Friday, 1:15pm / Leeds – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Saturday, 1:15pm

Why: His meme-ready pop bops are an ideal weekend kick-starter, tackling everyday mundanities like skipping train fares and finding a “future bae” with equally loony dance moves. (Tom Connick)

Bülow

When: Reading – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Friday, 2:10 pm / Leeds – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Saturday, 2:10 pm

Why: ‘Sad and Bored’ is the would-be anthem for every school-leaver, but songs like ‘You & Jennifer’ and ‘Not A Love Song’ hint at wise pop sensibilities that exceed her 18 years.

The Fever 333

When: Reading – The Pit Stage, Friday, 3:20pm

Why: Formed from the ashes of cult post-hardcore group letlive., The Fever 333’s swaggering, politicised punk comes off like Rage Against The Machine for the Trump generation. Their batshit live show is not to be missed. (Tom Connick)

The Blaze

When: Reading – BBC Radio 1 Stage, Friday, 6:50pm / Leeds – BBC Radio 1 Stage, Saturday, 6:35 pm

Why: Their live shows are booming affairs that pair big house beats with dreamy soundscapes, as well as tailor-made, excellent visuals.

Teenage Wrist

When: Reading – The Pit, Saturday, 12:05pm / Leeds – The Pit, Sunday, 12:00pm

Why: Fusing headbanging grunge to the melodic sensibilities of the brothers Gallagher, Teenage Wrist’s huge rock epics are the perfect way to shift your first night hangover. (Tom Connick) 

Noname

When: Reading – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Saturday, 1:25 pm / Leeds – BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, Sunday, 1:05 pm

Why: The Chicago songwriter had the world on its knees with dreamy debut album ‘Telefone’ in 2016, but a new album is due next month – so her set will no doubt prove a fine opportunity to hear some of the new cuts.

Pale Waves

When: Reading – Festival Republic Stage, Saturday, 5:00 pm / Leeds – Festival Republic Stage, Sunday, 5:00 pm

Why: Debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’ is out on September 14 and this will likely be a final opportunity in relatively intimate settings before that takes them to bold new places.

Yxng Bane

When: Reading – BBC Radio 1xtra Stage, Saturday, 7:25 pm / Leeds – BBC Radio 1xtra Stage, Sunday, 7:05 pm

Why: The British rapper has dabbled with chart success by jumping on Yungen’s ‘Bestie’, but his own material like the bouncing ‘Vroom’ will no doubt see him racing around the globe sooner rather than later.

Sports Team

When: Reading – BBC Introducing Stage, Sunday, 7:25pm / Leeds – BBC Introducing Stage, Friday, 7:10pm

Why: The sardonic indie-rockers’ catchy take on British anthemia tackles everything from a seaside jolly, to former MTV star Ashton Kutcher, to the beautiful of a “flip-screen Motorola”. Their live show is every bit as delightfully daft as their lyricism, too. (Tom Connick)

Scarlxrd

When: Reading – The Pit & BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage, Sunday, 7:20pm & 3:45pm / Leeds – The Pit &

Why: Fusing metal and nihilistic rap, Scarlxrd’s dual appearances on both the punk stage and the hip-hop stage prove his crossover potential. Expect mosh-pits and gun fingers in equal measure. (Tom Connick)