Top indie picks for Reading and Leeds 2017

With just a little over two months to go until the annual party kicks off, I’ve chosen what I think may be my five best indie highlights of Reading and Leeds festival 2017!


The Magic Gang


The Brighton-based four piece have proven themselves to be one of the most remarkable bands in indie music this year, supporting Circa Waves back in April and also embarking on their own headline tour. The band broke through in 2016 with support slots with Wolf Alice and Swim Deep securing them a large fan base and a reputation as Britain’s best up and coming live band.

See them on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds




I was lucky enough to catch these guys supporting You Me At Six back in October. Their politically fueled lyrics promise to inspire thoughts on the general self-destruction of mankind and the issues affecting the majority of us today. VANT are definitely one to watch if you like some meaning in your music, coupled with killer vocals and an urge to jump in the moshpit.

See them on the Sunday at Reading and the Friday at Leeds


The Japanese House

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Amber Bain is some serious inspiration. The solo artist supported current indie legends The 1975 on their arena tour back in December. Since then I can’t get enough of Bain’s sparkling, shoegazey sound. The Japanese House is fairly enigmatic, inciting mystery around the meaning of the name and a possible collaboration with The 1975. If you’re into a more distinctive, individual vibe then The Japanese House is not one to miss.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds


Declan McKenna


Its hard to find a bigger breakthrough act than Declan McKenna. The 18 year old sky-rocketed to fame after winning Glastonbury Festival’s emerging talent competition back in 2015. Despite his age, McKenna has amassed a huge following, fans admiring his raspy vocals and sharp-tonged stage humour. His songs feature potent deeper lyrical meaning, capturing the hearts of hundreds and thousands of teens worldwide.

See him on the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds



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I caught INHEAVEN supporting Circa Waves back in April and I have to admit, these guys are insane live. A combination of some killer guitar tone mixed with an overall gloomy indie-rock vibe – INHEAVEN are a haze of distorted guitars and are not one to miss this year.

See them on the Saturday at Reading and the Sunday at Leeds


Reading Festival will occur on the 25th to the 27th of August at Richfield Avenue and Leeds Festival at Bramham Park

Tickets can be purchased here:

(Cover image by Getty, Images of The Magic Gang, VANT, The Japanese House and INHEAVEN by Lucy Kingsford, Image of Declan McKenna by Meg Firth.)

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