It’s the moooost wonderful timeeee of the year… No, we’re not talking about Christmas, we’re talking about Reading & Leeds!
We’re all about to get dolled up in wellies and raincoats (if today is anything to go by) to spend the August Bank Holiday Weekend in the company of many, many fine artists. And the best part? This month’s DIY is dedicated to ensuring that you have the best time possible. This is your ultimate guide to Reading and Leeds.
To kick things off, we get into the heads of our favourite Scottish trio ahead of the biggest nights of their careers so far. Biffy Clyro have already made seven appearances at the iconic fest, but what is their eighth going to have in store? Only time will tell.
Elsewhere, we give new ‘uns Drenge and Splashh a taste of what they can expect during their first appearances, we chat to Main Stage-ers White Lies about their favourite event of the summer and we attack Dan Smith from Bastille with all manner of festival ‘issues’.
Then, there’s Swim Deep’s Austin Williams sorting out our schedule for the weekend as he takes on the Clash Decider, while Wavves talk us through their first R&L trip. You’ll also find pearls of wisdom from the likes of Peace, Palma Violets, Fall Out Boy and Editors, and we’re even giving you a final chance to join in the madness - just enter our competition.
That’s not all though! You’ll also uncover our look inside Vampire Weekend’s love affair with New York, we delve into the dreamy world of Washed Out and explore No Age’s artistic side.
We’re also very proud to announce that we’re teaming up with Dr. Martens for the very exciting #STANDFORSOMETHING tour, and we catch up with the first act to be revealed; those lovely boys in Young Guns.
We also chat new albums with the likes of Fenech-Soler, Poliça and The Maccabees, and check out new albums from Franz Ferdinand, AlunaGeorge and MONEY.
See you down the front.
Read the August issue of DIY digitally now, order it online, or pick it up at your local record shop or venue.