It’s August! Which can only mean one thing, Reading and Leeds is this month!

As ever, we’re super excited for its Southern counterpart. It’s the only way anyone should ever spend their August bank holiday, of course for the big names such as Eminem, Kasabian, and Muse. But the greatness extends all the way down the lineup

Deap Vally

With two albums under their belt, first their blisteringly great ‘Sistrionix’ and second, last year’s ‘Femejism’ produced by none other than Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s. Deap Vally’s set is right up there on the list of things you literally cannot miss. They’re no strangers to the festival, but now on the main stage, they’ve rightfully risen up to where they belong.

Oh Wonder

London duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, aka Oh Wonder, have very recently released their sophomore album Ultralife. It’s a dreamy, attention demanding album with modest hit after hit littered throughout it, their set is sure to be a dreamy one; be there.

Glass Animals

It’s no secret that we’re massive fans of Glass Animals here at Born Music. Which is why it should come as no surprise that they’re one of the first to appear on this list. They’ve been teaching us How To Be A Human Being for a little under a year now and we can’t get enough. There’s a reason that their live shows sell out so successfully, but if you want to know that reason… you’ll have to be front and centre during their festival set. They even today released a brand new video for ‘Agnes’ (above), which goes some way to show what it’s like to be in a human centrifuge… intense!

Sigrid

She wrote her first song at 16 thanks to the encouragement of her older brother. Then, she self released a track whilst at high school, with the second song immediately being given air time by national radio, it’s not hard to see that there’s something very special about Sigrid. Now, she’s making pop music for all of us with a twist, a Sigrid twist unique unto herself. It won’t be long before she’s headlining stages and then festivals, so don’t miss this chance to see her in a slightly more intimate setting.

Freak

We first featured Freak on our site in a similar post to this, telling people not to miss his set at Off The Record Manchester last October. Since then, he’s released an EP which has gained attention and respect from a variety of music industry figureheads, from Annie Mac to Zane Lowe, John Kennedy to Phil Taggart. Think Rat Boy with more of a guitar-filled, heavier edge and here we are.

All Tvvins

If you like powerfully emotive synth pop then this Irish band should be your number one stop. All Tvvins have an impressive catalogue of hits that will pull on the heartstrings, force your legs into dancing and your lungs into singing and then some. If you’re after a good time, no… a great time, then this is where you have to be.

King Nun

When King Nun threw themselves into our lives with their debut ‘Tulip’ we knew instantly that this was a band to be excited about. Energetic, raucous and a whole lot of fun, their singles since then, including ‘Hung Around’ has only been better.

J Hus

He’s just been nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize thanks to his recent album Common Sense, and it’s no surprise either. He’s made quite the name for himself in just about a year’s time. Defying genres like never before, he’s been paving his own way through the music world and people are responding to it. As he says himself: “I’m everything you’ve heard before, and nothing you’ve ever heard before.”

Broken Witt Rebels

Birmingham’s Broken Witt Rebels have been wowing the midlands and beyond with their frantic live performances so it’s only fitting that they’d be one of the best choices for the Jack Rocks stage. With vocals reminiscent of Paulo Nutini, with a heavy rock edge but a deep bluesy edge. It’s not a show to be missed.

DJs

It’s not just live sets from bands we have to look forward to however as the Friday will see host to a whole array of DJ sets, most notably, The Big Moon will go up against Marika Hackman as well as Huw Stephens vs Circa Waves – we know Huw’s taste is pretty solid, but if the others’ taste is as great as the music that they create then we’re all in for a right old treat.