Reading & Leeds isn’t the type of festival to leave punters wanting. There’s a ridiculous amount of things to see, bands to check out before they ‘break’, familiar faces stepping up to a big billing. This year’s no different. One swift stumble can bring the average fan from a heaving, moshing Lock Up tent straight through to the newly established 1Xtra stage. A swift sprint can take in new names on the BBC Introducing stage, and 5 minutes away some of the biggest bands in the world will be playing to thousands on the Main Stage.
Every day this weekend, we’re bringing a selective pick of the 10 most exciting things to see. These range from relative unknowns to deserving headliners, and we’ve put it all together into a nifty playlist. So if this year’s an armchair Reading & Leeds, here’s the soundtrack. And for anyone wanting to relive 2014’s R&L memories, these playlists will stay up until eternity (or at least until 21st century gremlins somehow destroy the internet).
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Paramore - Still Into You
Tonight’s co-headliners Paramore are second up on the Main Stage following up on yesterday’s QOTSA-preceding Reading set. [Listen]
Watch: 21.45, Main Stage.
Queens of the Stone Age - Smooth Sailing
Last night’s Reading set worked as a reminder of the blatantly obvious: QOTSA belong at Reading & Leeds - there’s zero doubt that they’ll step up to the challenge. [ Listen]
Watch: 19.45, Main Stage.
Gerard Way - Action Cat
Leeds springs into action without a moment’s notice this afternoon. Gerard Way -previewing material from first solo album ‘Hesitant Alien’ - opens the Radio 1 / NME Stage. [Listen]
Watch: 12.00, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Vampire Weekend - Step
Ezra Koenig and co. take one ‘Step’ onwards to becoming one of the biggest bands on the planet tonight. And don’t expect Ezra to stop short at this set - there’s a guest spot for SBTRKT on the cards, surely. [Listen]
Watch: 18.10, Main Stage.
Metronomy - I’m Aquarius
Penning ‘Love Letters’ to their heart’s content, the now suited and booted Metronomy are looking every bit the big billing they’ve recently become. [ Listen]
Watch: 20.40, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
SBTRKT - Temporary View (feat. Sampha)
Given who else is playing today, SBTRKT’s not going to be alone on this bound-to-be-heaving appearance. Previewing the new ‘Wonder Where We Land’ record, this is going to be a who’s who of the forthcoming LP’s tracklist. [ Listen]
Watch: 19.25, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Warpaint - Love Is To Die
January’s DIY cover stars arrive midway through a ridiculously busy festival season, but expect this to rank as one of their highlights. [ Listen]
Watch: 18.10, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Drenge - Bloodsports
Drenge’s erratic, bolshy routine’s only stuck further in the conscience since the release of their debut album. This will be a huge moment for them. [ Listen]
Watch: 14.25, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
The Orwells - Who Needs You
Rowdy and raucous doesn’t even cover it. The Orwells are grubby Chicago kids that were born to play Reading. Mario Cuomo’s usually a right state on stage on the most polite of occasion - god knows what’s coming next. [ Listen]
Watch: 17.15, Festival Republic Stage.
The Districts - Funeral Beds
Psst. Here’s a secret: Philadelphia’s The Districts are the new band to see at this year’s festival. They’ve a very special album up their sleeves, one self-released under their belts already too. Woozy rock ’n roll is their forte - this’ll be a very over-subscribed set. [Listen]
Watch: 14.25, Festival Republic Stage.