Reading & Leeds 2016

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With just under a week until the infamous Reading and Leeds Festival takes over the festival scene, I have briefly stated my ‘unmissable’ acts, along with their appearance day, and some of their songs to check out! I highly recommend you see these guys if you get the chance!

Foals – Main Stage

The Oxford indie rock quintet have taken the world by storm, gradually gaining support as they release each of their studio albums. The band cite one of their main influences to be the Foo Fighters, and similarly to the Foo’s, their live performances have been said to be spectacular. Their headline set is not something to miss!

Recommendations:

– My Number

– What Went Down

– Spanish Sahara

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Saturday

Dinosaur Pile-Up – The Pit Stage

Alternative rock trio, Dinosaur Pile-Up, from Leeds, have heavily gained momentum, particularly after the release of their third studio album, Eleven Eleven. Similarly to Foals, the band state one of their biggest influences to be the Foo Fighters, as well as bands such as The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana and Deftones.

Recommendations:

– 11:11

– My Rock and Roll

– Hey You

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Saturday

The Sherlocks – Festival Republic Stage

This band, consisting of two sets of brothers, makes up the indie rock quartet that is The Sherlocks. Releasing their first single ‘Live For The Moment’ in 2014, the boys bagged themselves a spot on the R&L 2015 line up, playing for a moderately sized crowd. However, this year, I am sure this up and coming band will be performing in front of many fans, as their release of ‘Heart Of Gold’ has secured.

Recommendations:

– Live For The Moment

– Heart Of Gold

– Escapade

Reading: Friday

Leeds: Sunday

Sundara Karma – Main Stage

Reading quartet, Sundara Karma, have a unique sound, as their indie-rock roots combine with classic pop, creating something beautiful. The band have shown amazing potential as their released tracks have helped them gain loyal fans. With a scattering of festival appearances and live shows, these youngsters have clearly showcased their talent, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

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Recommendations:

– A Young Understanding

– Flame

– Loveblood

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

Slaves – Main Stage

Laurie and Isaac, the duo from Kent, have taken the UK punk scene by storm since their formation in the early 21st century. Their single electric guitar and stripped down drum kit create a raw and genuine sound, which was clearly loved by fans, as their debut able ‘Are You Satisfied?’, reached number 8 on its first week in the UK albums chart. With the recent release of ‘Spit It Out’, the announcement of a new album, and their sold out gig at the 100 Club, I am sure the boys will deliver an amazing set.

Recommendations:

– The Hunter

– Where’s Your Car Debbie?

– Cheer Up London

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

VANT – Festival Republic Stage

VANT are an indie rock quartet from London. They state to be influenced by The Clash, who use their music to voice their opinions on the state of the world, and political matters. Similarly, VANT use this as a basis for some of their tracks (Birth Certificate, as an example). ‘Parasite’, their debut single, was released in 2015, and since then, success seems to have followed this band as they have gained more support with every track released. They are noted to have punk influences, which is emphasised as lead singer Mattie says he writes lyrics out of “pure frustration”. Amazing live, these lads are sure to put on a lively, energetic performance, which is not something to be missed.

Recommendations:

– Parking Lot

– Parasite

– Birth Certificate

Reading: Saturday

Leeds: Sunday

The Vaccines – Main Stage

London based indie rock group, The Vaccines, formed in the late 2000’s. This quartet have never failed to deliver since the release of their first album ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’, which showcased the infamous tunes that are ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘Post Break-Up Sex’. Live, and I now speak from personal experience, they are truly exceptional, delivering track are track of so-called ‘bangers’, sung by the one and only Justin Young.

Recommendations:

– Post Break-Up Sex

– Teenage Icon

– Denial

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

The Wombats – NME Stage

British indie rock trio, The Wombats, are perhaps best known for their electronic-pop influenced sound. Their debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss and Depression’, in my opinion is unfaultable, as I enjoy every track on there, to such an extent I would rate it one of my favourite albums. Arguably their most well-known song, ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ features on this album, and perhaps pin-points the start of a fantastic journey, as the band have grown from strength to strength, most recently releasing their third studio album, ‘Glitterbug’.

Recommendations:

– Kill The Director

– Techno Fan

– Give Me A Try

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

Clean Cut Kid – Festival Republic Stage

This quartet from Liverpool, yet again deliver an indie rock style, but with a twist; an electronic pop sound added in the mix. Having yet to release a studio album, this band certainly have left their future wide open, but for now, their numerous EP’s still leave us fully satisfied. ‘Vitamin C’ is my personal favourite, and seeing this live at Truck Festival earlier this summer surpassed all expectations. Their live performances are energetic, but also have an added sense of intimacy, as lead singer, Mike Halls, happily explains what each track is about and why it was written.

Recommendations:

– Vitamin C

– Runaway

– We Used To Be In Love

Reading: Sunday

Leeds: Friday

 

Written by Harriet / @yellowdaffodilx

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