Reading and Leeds Festival is on the horizon again. If you weren’t excited already, you will have been had you popped down to Club NME last Friday at a very special preview night…
Last week (May 1) witnessed a blinding night at Club NME at Koko in London: it was a Reading And Leeds takeover, as a bevy of acts set to play the festival this summer hijacked the venue for a night of brilliant live music.
Essex wunderkind Rat Boy, aka John Cardy, was one of the acts to tear up Club NME on May 1. Inspired by The Streets, The Clash and A Tribe Called Quest, his first mixtape was picked up by the likes of NME and BBC Radio 6 Music.
You can catch Rat Boy on the Festival Republic Stage at Reading And Leeds this year.
Rat Boy wasn't the only talented young thing to take over Club NME, either. Welsh four-piece Pretty Vicious sparked a music industry bidding war in January of this year, and eventually inked a deal with Virgin Records despite only having released one song online and playing a handful of gigs at the time. Oh, and they were all still teenagers, too – one of them's still at school.
Speaking previously about their background, singer Brad Griffiths said: "I love Merthyr because out of nothing comes something that is beautiful. When there’s nothing around you find other things to do. It makes you raise your goals. You get sick of hanging around. You can get into drugs and drink or you can pick up a guitar and form a band."
Talking about their track 'Cave Song', which kicked off the buzz, meanwhile, Griffiths has said: "Everything you hear in the songs is the truth about what me and my mates get up to on the weekend. 'Cave Song' is about knocking about on street corners when there’s nothing to do, and having to find your own fun."
The band, from Merthyr Tydfil, have been backed to follow in the footsteps of the likes of Oasis.
The rest of the band are made up of drummer Elliot Jones, guitarist Thomas McCarthy and bassist Jarvis Morgan (pictured below).
You can see what all the hype's about yourselves at this year's Reading And Leeds Festivals, where they're scheduled to play on the Festival Republic Stage.
And lastly, Club NME at Koko's Reading And Leeds takeover was also soundtracked by The Maccabees' Sam Doyle, who was kind enough to DJ at the bash. He and his bandmates have a new album out this year.