Reading & Leeds Festival is gearing up to be the event of the summer with the very biggest and best names in music heading to the largest twin site festival in Europe. The most successful artists in the world have played this amazing event over the years and 2012 is no exception, with some of the hottest groups being announced for the NME/Radio 1 Stage.
Joining previously announced headliners, The Maccabees, At The Drive-In and Justice is Blur guitarist Graham Coxon hot on the release of his hugely acclaimed solo album ‘A+E’.
From Atlanta, Georgia Mastodon bring their unique and brutal metal sound, Passion Pit play electro-pop to charge the dancefloor and the legendary Mark Lanegan Band will mix up blues/rock and the most recognisable of voices to create a sonic treat.
Many more names have been confirmed including The Blackout, Santigold,The Joy Formidable (at the request of the Foo Fighters no less!), The Hives, Dry The River and Tribes.
This year for the first time a very lucky unsigned brand new band will open this famous stage, with the winners of the Futuresound Competition opening the day on Saturday in Reading and Sunday in Leeds. The band will be chosen from a series of heats played out at the Cockpit in Leeds over the summer.
These artists join Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Paramore, Florence And The Machine, Social Distortion, Less Than Jake, Anti Flag, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Metronomy and Katy B over the August Bank Holiday at Little John’s Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds.
Weekend tickets £197.50 , Fri, Sat, Sun £85.00 , early entry permits £15.00, Campervan permits £60.00, Lockers £15.00, Reading car parking £5.00, Weekend ticket prices include camping.
Hot on the heels of his eighth album ‘A + E’, erstwhile Blur guitarist Graham Coxon returns to solo business with a hotly anticipated appearance on the NME / Radio 1 stage. The critics have been positively slavering over this latest outing and will undoubtedly see this appearance over-subscribed.
With the follow up to 2009’s critically acclaimed ‘Manners’ under construction Passion Pit head to this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Hailing from Massachusetts, expect a blend of new electro dance tunes and old favourites.
Mastodon have never really done anything the ‘conventional’ way. The Atlanta-based band formulated their own brand of highly-skilled hard rock over a decade ago when others were rehashing 80’s metal, and went on to mastermind a string of complex concept albums. With new album ‘The Hunter’ hitting the Top 10 in the US last year the band are picking up more and more fans – head-banging will be compulsory at this scorching show.
Anticipation is high for the return of Santigold and her new album ‘Master of My Make-Believe’ and this show will be the perfect opportunity to see this high-rising artist. Last year’s collaboration ‘Go’ with Karen O of the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs was described as a "brittle and brilliant brawler of a track" by the NME and ‘Disparate Youth’ the first track released from the new album is also picking up plaudits. Citing Aretha Franklin, Devo, James Brown and Siouxsie and the Banshees as influences, this is an eclectic and exciting singer not to be missed.
Set to tear up the festival season this summer, Dry The River are one of the most talked about artists of the year. With three years and over 250 shows already under their belts, they released their debut album ‘Shallow Bed’ to rave reviews last month, with NME declaring they’ve made an “accomplished, luxuriant, expertly crafted” record. Get down to the front early for these sets.
The legendary vocalist fronting the Mark Lanegan Band has sung with some of the greatest bands of the last two decades. Lanegan formed the Screaming Trees in the 80’s and made some of the finest albums of the grunge scene. He’s worked with the coolest names around since and his distinct baritone voice has been described as "as scratchy as a three-day beard yet as supple and pliable as moccasin leather”.
Having evolved from various outfits, Camden-based quartet Tribes came to the fore at the start of 2011 and has seen the band accrue plenty of support both in print and on the airwaves. The band’s debut album ‘Baby’ was unleashed earlier this year reaching Top 30 status en route, further embellishing the plaudits already bestowed upon them. If last year’s appearance is anything to go by the tent will be filled to the gills for those to see on of the UK’s finest live acts of recent years.
On its release earlier this year, the self-titled debut album from Django Django was succinctly hailed thus: "It's a dream of the psychedelic tropics, a heady explosion of colours, an album that takes what it means to be in an indie band and gives it a good shake..." This art pop quartet first emerged back in 2009 doing things their way whilst releasing selected tracks, mainlining into the nation's psyche and producing what has been one of the year's highlights.