We all know that Eminem’s playing his only UK festival appearance at Reading and Leeds this year, Foals will pack a punch on the main stage playing their epic, bold, indie rock and Mercury Prize Winners Alt-J will bring their art-pop to the NME/Radio 1 Stage. But if you take a closer look at the line-up there are several acts that you might have been listening to on repeat for months now, or even a couple you’ve never heard of as of yet but should definitely be on your list of acts to see. Here’s just five of these acts:
Yup, the American surf rockers will indeed be at Reading and Leeds this year. The four piece are sure to get everyone in the mood to mosh, yell, scream and let loose.
2. Catfish & the Bottlemen
This Lludadno based four piece, who are set to release their second single, Rango in September, which was picked as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record, are one of the tightest live bands around at the moment. It won’t be long before these lads play a stage far bigger than the BBC Introducing at stage at Reading and Leeds.
There’s a really endearing, dare I say, cute, quality to these New Yorkers. Whilst it’s definitely got an urban vibe to it but what sets them apart from several other indie rockers, is a certain honesty to not only their insanely infectious lyrics that demand to be sung along to at the top of your lungs, everything about their stage presence and Michael Ian Cummings’ stunning vocals comes across incredibly as incredibly genuine.
4. Parquet Courts
That’s right – the New York Punk Rockers that released their stellar debut full-length album, Light Up Gold, in January will play their critically acclaimed post-punk revival on the Festival Republic Stage. Compelling, punchy and brainy, Parquet Courts might just claim one of the best sets of the whole weekend.
5. Jagwar Ma
Tipped by Noel Gallagher, the Australian rock outfit will bring their summery record Howlin’ to the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, and is definitely sure to get people bouncing around on their feet. Expect arms to flail in all directions, laughter, whooping and a cheerful vibe in general.
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