With just over two months to go until Reading & Leeds Festival 2016, the line-up is already looking immense with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Disclosure, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy all performing at the Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park sites over three days. In total, there are over 200 different artists appearing during the summer bank holiday weekend, so there will be plenty to keep music fans happy.
The festival takes place from 26th – 28th August and has become a staple in the UK festival calendar over the decades. This year it boasts 6 stages of live music and has over 28 UK & European festival exclusive performances that you won’t find anywhere else. The organisers have recently announced the latest additions to the festival line up including rapper Big Narstie, Californian rockers Third Eye Blind, singer-songwriter Lapsley and British rock bands Deaf Havana and Arcane Roots.
The festival is also an excellent place to check out some of the finest up and coming acts on some of the smaller stages, so here are a few of my recommendations for Reading and Leeds 2016.
This three-piece angsty rock band from Exeter have already had a great year so far supporting Nothing But Thieves on tour and also receiving high praise from Radio 1 and several music magazines. Their debut album I’m Not Well is due for release the week before the festival, and their set will be a good opportunity to hear a lot of the new material as well as checking out their raw and passionate live show.
Greywind are Steph and Paul O’Sullivan; a brother and sister from Killarney, who have had a rollercoaster couple of years since they decided to form the band in 2014. The alternative rock duo gained industry interest just days after self recording and releasing their debut single Afterthoughts, and were also signed up by Raw Power Management within just weeks. The charismatic band’s live shows are darkly beautiful; so they are well worth a watch.
This four piece from LA have already gained fans recently from their gorgeous electro-pop tunes and glittering shows. Earlier this year, the band supported Twenty One Pilots across the UK and also did their own tour in smaller venues nationwide. The band have drawn comparisons to artists such as Imogen Heap; but they also have an added hint of retro glam rock to their empowering songs too, which reminds me of the late, great David Bowie.
Seratones are a soulful rock ‘n’ roll band from Louisiana, who are fronted by gospel-trained vocalist, AJ Haynes. The band draw upon multi-cultural influences including rock, r&b, soul and blues to create something enigmatic; which is very apparent in their latest album Get Gone, which was released last month. Their performance will be a nod to the 1960s, but with a modern twist.
VANT are already a firm favourite of mine after seeing the grunge rock 4 piece play at a tiny venue in Birmingham earlier this year. Their songs are brutally honest and founding member, Mattie generally takes a rather gritty stance to songwriting; drawing upon themes such as politics and world issues. VANT are a passionate band who provide bursts of energy live, but will also leave you in a sweaty mess by the end of their set.
It may not be long until the festival, but tickets are still available. Weekend camping tickets cost £205 while day tickets cost £59.50 plus booking fees. For further information check out the official Reading and Leeds websites.