Reading Festival – Sunday Preview – the best day?

Continuing our preview of Reading Festival today with Sunday, (Leeds Friday),  which looks like the best day for me. Very excited about half a dozen bands.

As I’ve said before, 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 on the site though.

Let’s start with some music from the first band of the day – the brilliant Of Monsters and Men.

Now my schedule...




Of Monsters and Men NME Get there early. Icelandic folk / rock / Arcade Fire influenced band, already huge in the US.
Howler NME Young US indie pop kids
Band of Skulls Main Seriously good rock from Southampton, about to get very big
Toy FR Hypnotic Joy Division type grooves, big buzz about them
Django Django NME One of 2012’s best albums, indie-dance, great live too I hear. A Festival highlight, I predict...
Tribes NME Traditional (Oasis) type rock, good stuff, also great live
The Gas Light Anthem Main Powerful, US traditional rock Springsteen acolytes
The Joy Formidable NME Ritzy! My hero! Blond, Welsh lady axe hero and great rock vocalist / songwriter!
All Time Low Main Somewhat archetypal but fun pop-punk dudes
Alberta Cross FR UK/Swedish/US Americana rock blues band
SCUM FR Not what name sounds like - Joy Division, Horrors feel
2:54 FR Female vocals, moody indie from new UK band
Kaiser Chiefs Main I Predict a Riot – and a fun, joyful set
King Charles FR Foppish young man, varied pop/folk sound
The Horrors NME Atmospheric modern rock
The Black Keys Main US blues rock duo – huge in the US now
Two Door Cinema Club NME Bouncy, dancy indie pop form Northern Ireland. The kids will go crazy
Me First and The Gimme Gimmies LU Mad US band who do punk covers of classic songs
Foo Fighters Main What can I say? Legends

Here’s an acoustic version of my favourite Joy Formidable song. They’re much louder with the guitars plugged in. Anyway, enjoy this and enjoy the Festival if you’re going...

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  1. Alan Pattison:

    Plenty of great sounds. Tough job – beer followed by music. Need any help?

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