Reading / Leeds Festival – our preview (part 2)

The weather forecast is cool but dry, pretty much perfect, but if you or your kids are going next week, make sure they take a sweater and a jacket. It'll be chilly when the sun goes down!

So last week we previewed some of the bands that our more traditional music fan might enjoy at Reading and Leeds Festivals next week. Now let’s look at some rather more youth-orientated acts. But again, we’ll focus on the lesser known bands – no point telling you about the Arctic Monkeys or even Disclosure (who will attract a HUGE crowd on Sunday night in the big tent at Reading).

Catfish and the Bottlemen (Friday, Festival Republic)

The new Oasis? Or at least Kasabian? Gaining a fanatical following, the Welsh indie-rockers have a knack for catchy tunes and beefy retro rock riffs, and have a strong stage presence. Expect big crowds in the small tent.


Darlia (Friday, Festival Republic)

More Nirvana-like than most UK indie bands, but with a lighter touch too, this is another of those bands being touted as the “future of guitar based rock”. We’ll see, but it’s likely to be an energetic and engaging thirty minutes.


Misty Miller (The Lock Up, Friday)

Here’s an interesting one. She started out a few years back as a 16 year old, cute, blond folky, with a ukulele (yes, really) and a Laura Marling vibe. Now she’s playing the punk/hardcore tent, leading a rock / surf punk / indie band and sounds like Blondie meets the Velvet Underground.


Circa Waves (Friday, Festival Republic)

Hotly tipped Liverpool young-ish band, brash, bouncy and confident indie (think the Libertines, Strokes) with a bit of a sneer to keep it real.


Wolf Alice (Saturday, Festival Republic)

Their first single, Fluffy was quite brilliant. Feels like they’re still sorting out their identity since then, but a charismatic front woman and some loud guitars is good in my book. The new Joy Formidable perhaps?


Marmozets (Saturday, NME and Lock-Up)

England’s (Yorkshire’s, no let’s be precise, Bingley’s) answer to (early) Paramore. Three siblings plus two brothers make it a family affair, female lead singer and heavy but tuneful rock. This lot could be globally huge I reckon, there is a gap in the market since Paramore went pop.


Flyte (Sunday, Festival Republic)

Young British band, we saw them supporting Bombay Bicycle Club recently. Tuneful, catchy pop-rock, a la Mystery Jets or the Feeling. Very enjoyable.


The 1975 (Sunday, NME Stage)

Unlike the other bands here, this lot are already big and getting bigger. Perhaps the biggest non-main stage crowd of the Festival will descend on the NME stage for this band, who may well be headlining Main Stage by 2016. Or even 2015. Indie with some dance and 80s pop influence, clever songs, angst ridden literate lyrics, big tunes and a charismatic slightly crazy lead singer. What more could you want? Well, what about the ability to be instantly recognisable even when covering a super-well known song?


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