Reading Festival – Friday Preview

So I did warn you - this is going to be a bit of a musical week..

I’m at the Reading Festival Friday, Saturday and Sunday, not camping though, so over the next three days I’ll give you my preview of what I’m planning to see. Starting today with Friday’s Reading line–up (Saturday at Leeds). In chronological order, but no Introducing Stage as I haven’t seen their schedule yet.  (However, I featured some of the best bands on that stage last Saturday). All of these – obviously – are bands I think it is worth catching.

If you look at the schedule you will see that I can’t possibly see all of the sets from all of these – but this is my working list. I often change stages mid set just to catch a couple of tracks of another band I'm interested in. In particular, the headliners for all four stages (the last 4 on this list) are all really good bands so I’ve included them all here.

A bit of music before my schedule - here are Spector, the great brit-pop-indie hopes of 2012.

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FriendsNMEUS girl fronted dance – pop – indie with attitude
SpectorNMELatest UK indie faves – Vaccines meet Razorlight, with a HM Treasury connection (cryptic...)
Angels and AirwavesMainLead guitarist of blink 182 in tuneful emo / rock mode
We are AugustinesFRSomewhat serious US rock – U2 / Springsteen ?
The HivesNMEBasic rock / punk from Swedish veterans
Alt-JFRAlbum of the year so far? Trip-folk indie – tent will be packed
The BlackoutNMEWelsh crazy pop-metal-punk, great live band
You Me At SixMainIndie rock, Kerrang and teenies like them, young band from Weybridge on way to top
Niki and the DoveFRSwedish electropop, gloomy, atmospheric but good
Bombay Bicycle ClubMainTop indie band, tunes, but will main stage suit them?
ParamoreMainFemale fronted US rock, fanatical teenage goth following
Veronica FallsFRFemale-led indie goth rock band, good stuff!
Foster the PeopleNMEYou know – “Pumped Up Kicks”. Them.
The CureMainClassic 80s band, Love Cats, Friday I’m in Love etc etc
The MaccabeesNMEBest UK indie band? Maturing into a classic act
Social DistortionLUReturn of classic 80s US punk band
Sleigh BellsFRUS experimental duo – tuneful but strange

And we’ll finish for today with the truly unique alt-J.

 

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