Preview: Reading and Leeds Festival
24 – 26 August
Tickets: from £197.50 for weekend + camping
And so, to another August bank holiday weekend and the youthful anarchy of the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Another awe-inspiringly unoriginal line-up from FestivalRepublic, but who’s actually complaining? This year sees stalwarts such as The Cure, Foo Fighters and Kasabian headlining the steadfast festivals; the latter drawing some distinct criticism from certain blogging circles. However, it’s the reforming of At the Drive-in that has arguably stolen the spotlight this year. The post-hardcore royalty of Cedric, Omar et al will eloquently hit the NME/Radio One stage on Reading’s Saturday and Leeds’ Sunday. Make sure you don’t miss out on these true masters of their art.
One thing is for sure, FestivalRepublic know how to throw a scintillating party. Apart from the disastrous Kings of Leon set of 2009; these age-old curators have a strong judgement in providing rock n roll crowd pleasers. If you want new-age, avante garde electronic sounds produced by an ugly bastard hiding behind a laptop, then you’re probably better heading elsewhere. Maybe to one of those new European dance festivals full of art-school students that seem to keep popping up. But if you want to hear gritty rock n roll music, sodden from the British summer torrential downpours while pissed as a parrot, then the Reading and Leeds Festivals will certainly not fail to please.