Who knew it was possible to get so many good acts to play just one weekend? Good luck organising this without having a cry or two over the potential clashes.
We all know those people who have their favourite stage at a festival, they insist on staying there and only there for the whole weekend… but you know what, we feel that this year is the year to change their mind. With a whole range of top quality acts on across all stages at Reading and Leeds Festival this year, we felt the need to break it down and make sure you don’t miss out on some of the best acts from each stage.
Welcome to part two of our stage breakdown…
We waited patiently for it to land and we were not disappointed. Gone were all our concerns such as, where are Pale Waves? Having recently toured with The 1975 over in the States they have had a fair amount of prep in lieu of their set at this years Reading and Leeds.
Amidst the company of our Northern math-rockers Plaza and our favourite stargazers Island. Low Island will be there to deliver a whole heap of synthy goodness, whilst Newcastle’s The Pale White will certainly not disappoint with their strong riffs and infectious melodies.
That’s not all though, as we definitely recommend you check out the likes of Ider, Cassia, Too Many T’s and The Golden Age of TV, each with their own unique style to offer, you won’t be short of ace new discoveries. The absolute gems of the whole lineup selection though? Soeur and Anna Straker, each completely different to the other, but Soeur will wow you with their energy and Straker’s non-stop barrage of absolute bops, what more could you want?!
BBC Radio 1Xtra
You can always count on the BBC Radio 1Xtra stage to be jam packed with top quality acts, from the headliners Danny Brown, Flatbush Zombies and Bugzy Malone all the way down to the lesser known (but still just as great), The LaFontaines and Vince Staples, there is definitely no shortage of class entertainment and talent.
Not to be defined to any one genre, J Hus, will be taking to the stage, self-assured and ready to take everyone on his own special rollercoaster of musical prowess. Clapton’s Stefflon Don will bring heaps of electronic energy to anyone who comes in her path, meanwhile, Rejjie Snow will employ his unique, experimental style to win everyone over… and we have no doubts that he’ll succeed.
Radio 1 Dance Stage
The infamous BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage! This year sure to be a non-stop party from the get go all the way until stellar headline performances from the likes of our favourite Norman Fatboy Slim, not to mention festival don Andy C.
There’s also some slightly surprising choices on this year’s lineup in the form of Haus and Get Inuit, not ones to fit the normal assumption when thinking of acts for the dance stage but… we can assure you they are equally as dance-able. If you can last a Get Inuit set without having a dance, then we really commend your stubborn abilities. Elsewhere across the weekend sees Shy FX and Mistajam, neither are strangers to the Dance Stage and will be more than prepared to blow your socks off.
Additionally, we highly recommend you make your way over to see Charli XCX if you been busy thinking about ‘Boys’, as well as LANY for some super smooth alt-pop hits. ALMA will be full of energy and attitude at the Dance Stage also, whilst Sigrid who’s fresh from wowing hundreds at Glastonbury will be ready to show you what she’s made of.
NME/Radio 1 Stage
Ahh, the NME/Radio 1 Stage, long has it been one of our favourites, celebrating new music as diverse as they come and this year is no different. From our absolute alt-rock faves Blaenavon to the incredible Haim (bass face no doubt included).
Many of our recommendations from this year’s line up have had a very successful year album wise, with Glass Animals and Loyle Carner both receiving nominations for the Mercury Award, whilst Declan Mckenna, Oh Wonder, Sundara Karma and Marika Hackman’s new efforts have all received quite the good reaction.
We’re still highly anticipating albums from Inheaven, whose album is due out later this year, not to mention Fickle Friends (when oh when will we get that album??)
Also, if you know what’s good for you, you’ll get yourself down to have a dance to the perfect harmonies of The Magic Gang and just don’t get us started on what we’ll do if you even think about missing Mura Masa’s set…