GCSE results have been collected, summer is coming to a close and very soon millions of people will be returning to Universities and schools all across the country! But first comes the annual Reading and Leeds festival, a popular haven for generations of music loving youths celebrating their bank holiday weekend in a typically cathartic style. Organiser, Melvin Benn, has put together a stellar bill, boosting music spanning genres including indie rock, thrash metal and folk (and thats just the headliners). This marks my fourth visit to the Reading leg of the festival and here are 6 acts I am most looking forward to over the weekend!
The return of some of indie rock’s heavy weights has got to be one of the highlights of this year’s bash. The Libertines who tore onto the scene in the early 00s with tracks such as Don’t Look Back into the Sun and Can’t Stand Me Now and an explosive chemistry between frontmen Pete Doherty and Carl Barat are no strangers to the Reading and Leeds festival, returning recently in 2010 to play a reunion show underneath Arcade Fire. However, this time they’re back for good and armed with their first new material for over a decade in Anthems for Doomed Youth and are sure to wow spectators with their anarchic live performance. The Likely lads are not to be missed!
Heroes of last year’s festival circuit are returning for a one of festival show at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, celebrating the success of their hugely popular debut self-titled album. The duo consisting of Mike Kerr (vocals & bass) and Ben Thatcher (drums) put on a monolithic live spectacle, creating wall of sound far surpassing their simple bass and drums setup. Expect mosh pits and crowd surfing on a huge scale as the band prepare to slay the main stage this time (following their packed out shows in the Radio 1/NME tent last year) with hit including Figure It Out, Little Monster and the sure to be raucous set closer, Out of the Black.
This year’s festival sees one of the biggest bands on the planet return to the UK (following a hugely successful Glastonbury headline show last year) to do what they do best, blow people away with some of the heaviest riffs in music. Whether its blistering fast-paced thrash metal such as Enter Sandman or the more contemplative power ballads, such as Nothing Else Matters, Metallica are true experts at their craft. And if you needed any more reason to see one of the biggest legends in Rock music, if reports are to be believed their planned light and stage show for this year’s festival is supposed to be huge!
This trio of brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri are one of the undiscovered gems of this year’s line up, with a mid day show at the Festival Republic stage sure to be a mosh-pit inducing affair. Influenced by some of punk’s greatest, think Misfits and The Ramones, Radkey live for fast-paced drum patterns, heavy riffs and jagged solos and are sure to tear a whole in the tiny festival republic tent, a must see!
One of the big success stories of 2015 is that of the rise of Wolf Alice, from small shows supporting the likes of The 1975 and Swim Deep to their debut album My Love is Cool charting 2nd in the UK albums chart. With the size of the crowds they’ve been drawing gradually swelling over the past few months, their shows at Reading and Leeds are set to be massive! Expect crowds pouring outside the tent to catch a glimpse of the biggest new rock band of 2015 with a blistering live show to boot! Songs including the likes of; Moaning Lisa Smile, Bros and You’re a Germ are sure to kick off!
Finally, Wimbledon born troubadour Jamie Treays is sure to put on a show with his third on the bill placement at this year’s festival! Following his triumphant return with last year’s Carry on the Grudge, Jamie T has gone from strength to strength and built up legions of adoring fans following the success of singles including; Zombie, Rabbit Hole and Don’t You Find. Alongside previous hits Sheila, Sticks ‘n’ Stones and If You Want the Money, this is sure to make one of the final shows Jamie T will do in support of his latest album one of his best! A true musician and wordsmith of the 21st century, I will be definitely be down at the front of the Main Stage for this one!