Reading Festival – Saturday Preview

LATE NEWS  - A friend of mine has a spare weekend ticket available for Reading. I'm sure price is negotiable. You would probably need to pick it up in central London tomorrow from him. email me on psmith (at) urgently if you're interested.

Continuing our preview of Reading Festival today with the Saturday line-up (Sunday at Leeds).  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 like. Bands from the Introducing stage not included here either – some were featured last Saturday here though.

So, on to the Saturday line-up. I like Kasabian but not sure they’re a headline act. We’re treating Florence as the highlight and will probably push off soon after that. And I’m looking forward to seeing how Grimes works live in front of 8,000 largely drunk kids. It’s going to be amazing or a disaster...!




Los Campesinos Main Welsh, wordy, angst ridden but life-affirming indie
Pure Love NME Ex-lead singer of Gallows back with a lighter rock sound
Blood Red Shoes Main Rock duo, new album, one of 2012’s best
Citizens FR Dance tinged indie-pop, clever and fun
Twin Atlantic NME Scottish Biffy Clyro influenced rockers
Mystery Jets Main One of the decades best indie-pop bands. Good live too
Dry the River NME Folk-rock, harmony vocals but with a rock edge, could be one of the festival’s highlights
Grimes Dance Canadian girl, hard to describe electronic pop hip hop, she’s probably a  genius
The Shins Main Veteran US rock – clever, tuneful stuff
Jake Bugg FR Young Nottingham lad, 60s influenced acoustic rock
Dog is Dead FR Young  band, smart indie sound
We Are The Crowd FR Female-fronted US pop-rock band
The Vaccines Main Getting huge – Ramones influenced sing-along rock anthems!
Lower Than Atlantis FR Young British hardcore (rock) band - loads of energy
Young Guns FR Young British hardcore (rock) band – as above!
Florence & the Machine Main You know – Florence. Shake It Out gets me all emotional
Katy B Dance Credible pop-dance lass
Metronomy Dance Electronic pop with a off-beat, interesting edge


And here’s the very original and talented Jake Bugg.

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