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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Blink-182 - Always
They’ve been here before, but don’t expect that to dampen the occasion. Blink-182 are fixtures at R&L for a reason, and tonight they close day one with a sure-to-be triumphant set. Pop punk fans, get prepared. [Listen]
Disclosure - F For You
If Blink’s not on the agenda, thousands are set to flock to the closing set on the Radio 1 / NME Stage. Brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence aren’t going to let this weekend start on a loose end - expect all the excitement that R&L can possibly contain, plus a fair few special guests. [Listen]
Watch: 21.40, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Danny Brown - Dip
Already a star, now Danny Brown’s stepping up to the chase by becoming a stage headliner. He plays the 1Xtra Stage tonight, preceding a set from Joey Bada$$. [Listen]
Watch: 19.40, 1Xtra Stage.
Jungle - Busy Earnin’
Funk-laced, strutting and danceable to the extreme: Jungle’s debut album was made for a R&L slot. Already they’ve reigned supreme at Latitude and Glastonbury, but this is going to be another step up. [Listen]
Watch: 14.25, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
The Wytches - Digsaw
Hear that pained-sounding wailing in the distance? No, that’s not the sound of your best mate stepping on a tent peg, it’s The Wytches, Brighton’s fiercest fiends, on the eve of releasing one of the year’s best debuts in ‘Annabel Dream Reader’. [Listen]
Watch: 12.00, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Pup - Reservoir
Fresh from taking on Brixton Academy alongside The Hives, Canadian punks PUP are all set to embrace Reading today, with forthright punk of the highest order. [Listen]
Watch: 14.05, Lock Up Stage.
Kwabs - Brother
A standout name on this year’s 1Xtra Stage, Kwabs is on the brink of becoming a genuine star. His chart-bothering new ‘Brother’ single is destined for big things. [Listen]
Watch: 17.50, 1Xtra Stage.
Flume - Holdin On
The rise of Aussie producer Flume - barely out of his teens - takes some beating, and with a second album on the cards for 2015, tonight’s Dance Stage headliner will be on his finest form. [Listen]
Watch: 20.45, Dance Stage.
The Horrors - So Now You Know
2014’s seen The Horrors up their game even further with fourth album ‘Luminous’, with colossal, mammoth songs lending themselves to big festival slots such as these. [Listen]
Watch: 19.00, Radio 1 / NME Stage.
Young Guns - Bones
They’re promising a “masterpiece” with their new album - expect Young Guns to showcase a good chunk of it on this closing day. [Listen]
Watch: 13.55, Main Stage.