News Reading & Leeds 2010: Sunday 29th / Saturday 28th Guide

Reading & Leeds - the land where all good plans go to die. Regardless, we’re giving you tips of just one amazing route through the festival. Excuse the number of spazzgasmic adjectives, but with the prospect of a day of music quite so awesome, it’s easy to get excited.

12:00 - 12:30 Goldheart Assembly

Apparently the best way to begin a Sunday’s band-watching is with beards. The boys of Goldheart Assembly have lots of those, and some floaty, hangover-friendly songs too.

12:45 - 13:20 The Joy Formidable

Sitting perfectly on the cusp between full-on rock (this is the day headlined by Blink-182 after all) and sweet, perky pop, The Joy Formidable are celebrating their Reading and Leeds hat-trick this year.

13:50 - 14:30 Health

Turn the noise up further, and dance a lot to HEALTH. It’s in the Dance Tent, there are by-laws for this kind of thing, we’re told. If you’re in there with feet transfixed, they’ll kick you out.

14:30 - 15:10 Los Campesinos!

And, when you’re worn out after all that dancing and thrashing around, hope Los Camp’s Gareth doesn’t injure himself even further on the NME/Radio 1 stage even if you risk your own life by not taking a breather.

14:55 - 15:45 Holy Fuck

Swearing isn’t cool or clever, kids. But when it comes to naming your increasingly popular band something you can’t say properly on the radio, it’s near-genius. Again with the dancing, you must dance.

15:30 - 16:15 Wild Beasts

However, it’s also clever to name yourselves something you sound nothing like, as Wild Beasts prove - by name, they should be joining Cancer Bats and Hatebreed on the Lock Up Stage, by sound they wouldn’t hurt a fly. Perhaps a dog, Hayden’s voice can get that high.

16:35 - 17:10 Free Energy

Anywhere James Murphy’s hallowed hands have been is fine by us (oo er), and Philadelphia-based quintet Free Energy have already been touched up, Murphy having produced debut album, ‘Stuck On Nothing’. They’re also beardy.

17:05 - 17:55 Four Tet

Less chillout, more chill out, Kieran Hebden’s bleeps and other things will provide the perfect soundtrack to getting chips. In fact, at this point in the day anything will. Can anyone tell we’re hungry?

17:40 - 18:25 Kele

Especially since it’ll be near-impossible to take any food in to the NME/Radio 1 tent for Kele’s solo Reading and Leeds debut. He might be used to the Main Stage at dusk, but the cover’s destined to suit his pop-goes-dance direction.

18:20 - 19:10 Metronomy

…a direction continued by the always excellent Metronomy, and hopefully a light show of sorts. Again, it’s the dance tent. If your shoulders aren’t even twitching to this, you probably just don’t like dancing.

19:05 - 20:05 Weezer


19:55 - 20:45 Foals

Second album ‘Total Life Forever’ has taken what was once an Oxford post-punk influenced indie band to mainstream ‘OMG WOAH’ success levels. Yannis also often has face fuzz.

20:30 - 21:30 Paramore

Paramore are the best band playing this year’s Reading. Honest. Really. At least they are if the DIY car stereo is to be believed. WE LOVE YOU HAYLEY!

21:20 - 22:05 Caribou

Possibly because it’d be impossible to find a band less suited to fit between those picked here, Caribou aren’t emo or punk, but it’s technically Dr Daniel Snaith. Can tonight’s headliners beat that?

22:00 - 23:30 Blink 182

There’s not really a lot to say here, but the chances are, any band under a certain age here was influenced by the veteran pop-punks in some way or other. Awesome.

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