The curtain closer of the festival season, Reading and Leeds is coming up this Bank Holiday weekend and traditionally the rock and roll weekend of the year. With Metallica, Queens of The Stone Age and System of A Down all featuring in recent years, the festival has retained its’ rock roots while encompassing dance and rap across the number of stages.
Headlining at Leeds on Friday are Biffy Clyro, armed with their new album Ellipsis, and Fall Out Boy. It isn’t the first time the festival has utilised the co-headline idea and on Saturday Foals and Disclosure also share the slot at the Main Stage. On Sunday, Red Hot Chili Peppers return to Reading and Leeds, playing last in 2007. RHCP too have added a new album to their extensive discography, June’s The Getaway features Dark Necessities, their 13th Billboard Number 1.
Grandmaster Flash and DJ Yoda kick off the weekend on Thursday night on the Alternative Stage which also hosts Thomas Turgoose’s popular DJ set after the headliners on Friday night. The Vaccines and ASAP Rocky feature on the Main Stage on Friday. Good Charlotte are on at the Lock Up stage on after The King Blues who combine ska, folk and punk to produce a raw and rebellious sound. The NME/Radio 1 Stage on Sunday hosts The Temper Trap, Liverpool’s The Vryll Society and the highly-rated DMA’s on Friday, DJ EZ and Mistajam will attract big crowds at the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage.
Lower Than Atlantis and South Africa’s Die Antwoord are on the Main Stage on Saturday, and Mastodon headline at The Pit. The 1975, The Wombats and Ratboy feature on the NME/Radio 1 Stage on Saturday while The Sherlocks, Pulled Apart By Horses and Maximo Park are at the Festival Republic stage. Over on the Dance Stage, Hannah Wants and Oliver Heldens provide a double header.
The Courteeners, having just released new song The 17th from their upcoming new album, and Imagine Dragons are on the Main Stage on Sunday as well as Eagles of Death Metal. Blossoms’ popularity has grown tenfold in recent weeks after the release of their new album which went straight to number 1, they perform at the NME/Radio 1 Stage with the three Haim sisters and Two Door Cinema Club. Asking Alexandria headline at The Pit.
Incredibly exciting are the intricacies of Leeds Festival too, the famous Picadilly Party near the fairground has caught my eye, as too has the return of the Silent Disco. Over the 7 stages it’s sure to be a fantastic close to the summer and there’s scope too to catch some new bands ahead of the indoor gig season as well as enjoying some of the biggest names in international alternative music.