Reading & Leeds Festival: Ones To Watch

This years Reading & Leeds Festival is drawing ever closer!

The likes of The Cure, Kasabian, Paramore and Foo Fighters will grace the headlines slots on the mainstage, but their are a lot of other artists and comedians  you must look out for.

We’ve compiled a short list on who we’ll be watching at this years Reading & Leeds Festival below, don’t miss out!

7. Two Door Cinema Club

The Irish Indie-rockers are the penultimate act on the NME/Radio 1 stage, behind the mighty Justice.

Worthy of headlining the tent themselves, there’s no doubt that the trio are destined for greater things. Expect the hits off of debut album ‘Tourist History’ to shine as well as their brand new material with the likes of ‘Sleep Alone’.

The band are frequently backed to headline the mainstage in the future and on Friday (Leeds) and Sunday (Reading) they’ll prove why.

6. Pure Love

Frank Carter’s post-Gallows band is the brilliant Pure Love.

Together with Jim Carroll, they have created a band that plays good ol’ fashioned rock and roll, something that is quite rare to find these days.

After their first UK tour, it will be interesting to see how many fans the pair have recruited to their Handsome Devil’s Club in time for their Reading & Leeds debut.

Playing on the NME/Radio 1, you can spread the love on Saturday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds).

5. Reginald D Hunter

The American comedian brings his arsenal of jokes to the Alternative Stage this year.

Boasting a vast array of hilarious television appearances, notably his Live At The Apollo work, ‘Reggie’ is sure to bring the laughs to Reading (Saturday) and Leeds (Sunday).

‘To conquer Fritzl…”

4. At The Drive-In

Fresh off the back of Coachella and Lollapalooza headlines this year, post-hardcore veterans At The Drive-In headline the famous NME/Radio 1 stage.

After a successful reunion at the start of 2012, the American rockers will bring their back catalogue of hits to bring an end to Saturday night in Reading and Sunday night in Leeds.

Without At The Drive-In’s influence over the post-hardcore scene, some bands simply wouldn’t exist with the likes of Biffy Clyro, Gallows and Billy Talent citing them as a major influence. I implore the younger generation who are not familiar with their work to not miss them, unless you’re devout Kasabian fans. They might not be together much longer.

3. Foo Fighters 

Finally gracing UK shores once more, the Foo Fighters are back to headline Reading & Leeds 2012.

Expect an epic setlist full to the brim of the best Foo’s have to offer, as well as songs from their most recent record – ‘Wasting Light’.

The nicest man in rock, Dave Grohl, is sure to go over the curfew so hopefully we’re in for a treat when the legends grace the mainstage Friday (Leeds) and the closing Sunday (Reading). Just DON’T be a ‘motherfucker’ and start a fight, you’ll be out!

2. Twin Atlantic

If it wasn’t for Biffy Clyro, Twin Atlantic would be the best band in Scotland.

The Scottish quartet are playing relatively far down the festival scale, right after Pure Love in fact. But don’t let that fool you.

Touched upon with Two Door Cinema Club, there is a very real sense of greatness with Twin Atlantic. After a whirlwind few years that has seen them release two of the most impressive debuts in rock history – mini E.P ‘Vivarium’ and full-length debut ‘Free’, the band have gathered a fiercely loyal fanbase in the UK and overseas in America.

Look out for the rock anthem ‘Make A Beast Of Myself’ and the adrenaline pumping ‘The Ghost Of Eddie’ and prepare to be blown away by one of the bands of the future, mark my words.

Twin Atlantic play the NME/Radio 1 stage Saturday (Reading) and Sunday (Leeds).

1. Green Day & Bloc Party 

Will Reading Festival be having a Green Day this year?

If Gods be good and the rumours be true, then veteran pop-punk rockers Green Day and Brit indie-rockers Bloc Party are both set to be playing secret sets at this years Reading Festival.

It has yet to be confirmed by both parties and certainly not from the Festival Republic camp. However, sources on the web have leaked images of Green Day’s ‘official merchandise t-shirt’ with ‘Reading, England’ as a destination on the back as well as a separate London show, fuelling rumours the band are destined to play Reading Festival this year.

Frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has also posted a picture of himself playing guitar on his official Instagram account alongside the caption: “Hello England! What rhymes with shredding ??!!” Pure titillation.

Both Green Day and Bloc Party have new records out very soon, with Bloc Party releasing ‘Four’ August 20th and Green Day releasing ‘¡UNO!’, the first in a trio of albums on September 24th.

Keep your eyes and ears open! There will be updates on here if and when any news regarding both bands is officially confirmed/denied.

P.S. Commiserations Leeds Festival (if true).


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