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26th June 2012

Reading and Leeds Festival - Alternative Stage line up revealed

Energy Sessions Arena for Leeds also announced today

The countdown is on for Reading & Leeds Festival with a chance to watch some of the most famous comedians on the Alternative Stage once again this year, the Alternative Stage is one of the most popular at both festivals.
Reginald D Hunter, Lee Nelson, Jason Byrne, Stephen K Amos, Seann Walsh and Al Murray aka The Pub Landlord will all appear on The Alternative Stage and headline a host of prime comedy talent. There will also be musical delights in the form of Scroobius Pip playing a full band set and the top DJ Kid Koala plus the amazing Benjamin Zephaniah.
These acts join Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian, The Black Keys, Paramore, Florence And The Machine, The Maccabees, Sleigh Bells, Social Distortion, The Views, At The Drive-In, Justice, Feeder, Less Than Jake, Anti Flag, Young Guns, Metronomy and many more over the August Bank Holiday at Little John’s Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds.
The DJ line-up for the Energy Sessions Arena taking place in the campsite at this year’s Leeds Festival providing banging tunes late into the night has also been announced today.
The Energy Sessions Arena will get going from 10pm to 3am each night of the festival, including Thursday night when this stage will be getting the party started for the early arrivals before the music stages start on the Friday.
Acts confirmed include Rudimental who are currently on a mission to bring soul to electronic music, with them set to dominate dance floors in the coming months, their headline DJ set will kick-start the weekend in fine style.
Purveyors of high quality D&B, and Hospital records favourites, fast-rising producers Fred V & Grafix will also be lighting up the stage over the weekend. These two West Country natives have been making a lot of impact with their scorching sounds and are one of the DJ acts of 2012 to keep a firm eye on.

Electro-pop/R&B superstar Mr Hudson will be bringing some magic to Leeds via his headline DJ set. Known for his exciting collaborations and tours with the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z and Amy Winehouse, Mr Hudson has also DJed all over the world, expect him to bring an incredibly broad collection of music to the decks for a set you won’t want to miss.
Best known for melding politically-charged dubstep and post-hardcore rock Rout & Sgt. Rolfy ­– AKA Enter Shikari frontman Rou Reynolds and drummer Rob Rolfe, who are playing on the main stages at Reading and Leeds with their bandmates over the weekend – will be closing the festivities at the Leeds Festival on the Energy Sessions Arena.
"We shall be busting out the re-energising tunes for a long night of partying,” explains Rou. “Expect enough bass to rupture stomachs and invert ear drums; from the darkest drum & bass, to the biggest booty shaking dubstep, plus plenty of surprising remixes!"

Where else would you want to be this August Bank Holiday? - it’s set to be a banging weekend ...
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Latest additions in full

The Alternative Stage

Reginald D Hunter
Lee Nelson's Well Good Party featuring The Petebox
Jason Byrne
Stephen K Amos
Seann Walsh
Al Murray (L)
Abandoman (L)
Martin Bigpig (L)
Doc Brown
Nathan Caton
Damo Clark
Chris Cox (R)
Tom Deacon (L)
Joel Dommet (L)
Kid Koala
Late Night Gimp Fight
Dave Twentyman (L)
Jeff Leach (R)
Jimmy McGhie
Naz Osmanoglu (L)
Popcorn Comedy
Propaganda DJ's (L) Chris Ramsey
Katherine Ryan (R)
Scroobius Pip
Secret Cinema (L)
Chris Shepherd (L)
Holly Walsh
Glenn Wool
Benjamin Zephaniah (R)
(L) Leeds only, (R) Reading only

Energy Sessions Arena

Thursday Aug 23rd

Plastic Thumbs
Ben Casey
(Headliner) Rudimental

Friday Aug 24th

Ben Casey
Plastic Thumbs
B. Traits
(Headliner) Fred V & Grafix
Saturday Aug 25th
The Beat Medics
(Headliner) Mr Hudson

Sunday Aug 26th

Plastic Thumbs
The Beat Medics
Kissy Sell Out
(Headliner) Rout & Sgt. Rolfy
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