Featured festival: Reading Festival
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Richfield Avenue, Reading
28th August - 30th August
Reading & Leeds are the powerhouse of UK festivals. With jaw dropping line ups year on year, you wonder how they can possibly match their own very high standards.
This year is no exception with a truly eclectic mix of genres across the three day festival, and with Reading, it’s all about the music.
Friday’s line up is headed by Mumford & Sons; with their new album getting rave reviews, their headline set it not one to be missed. Joining them are alt-J and Bastille, two of UK’s biggest success stories of the last couple of years - fingers-crossed we’ll be hearing new music from both bands. In classic Reading fashion, Friday’s line up is littered with pop-punk: Panic! at the Disco, All Time Low and Neck Deep will all be gracing the Main Stage. Also on the main stage are two rising talents in the form of Drenge and Palma Violets.
With so many stages and bands playing across the weekend, it’s hard to decide which ones to shout about. On the NME/Radio One Stage we have Knife Party, Limp Bizkit and Peace, whilst Wilkinson, Dillon Francis and Toyboy & Robin will be addressing all of your dance needs on the Radio One Dance Stage. Reading legends such as New Found Glory and Simple Plan will also be performing as well as up and coming talent such as Prides and Rae Stremmurd. And that’s only Friday!
Metallica will be bringing the house down on Saturday as they take the coveted headline slot. After their awe-inspiring set at Glastonbury last year, the Reading crowds are in for a treat. Bring Me The Horizon and Pierce The Veil will also be performing on the Main Stage, joined by Dallas Green’s Alexisonfire, and Royal Blood returning after their career making 2014 set, you definitely don’t want to miss it.
Twin Atlantic, Everything Everything and Rebel Sound will be gracing the NME/Radio One Stage with newbies Wolf Alice and Slaves joining them. Reading wouldn’t be right without a scandalous set from Azaelia Banks, and 2015 is no different. She’ll be performing on the Radio 1xtra Stage along with Lethal Bizzle, and grime legend Ms Dynamite. Saturday’s line-up is full of great new bands to check out such as Nothing But Thieves, Lucy Rose and Darlia, plus many more.
To end a whirlwind weekend at Reading Festival, The Libertines will be headlining the Main Stage, with acts such as Kendrick Lamar and Jamie T also performing at the helm. The Maccabees are back with a new album, and also a spot on the Main Stage - here at The National Student we’re exciting to hear their new material. Deadmau5 and Tyler, The Creator will be performing on the NME/Radio One Stage, both of which are sure to blow the roof off the tent. If fresh blood is more your thing then be sure to check out Years & Years, Kwabs and Gengahr for your Reading-sized dose of new music.
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