Ready the beer! Man the barricades! Reading and Leeds is on the horizon again this weekend. Three days of hedonism, rock music and a bit extra on the side, the team from DIY are heading Berkshire way to bring the best on the ground coverage to dymag.com. Because they’re nice like that, they’ve shared some of the acts they’re most excited about seeing.
If one band ‘wins’ Reading & Leeds 2014, by all rights it should be Wolf Alice. They’re sat in that perfect ‘mid way up the Festival Republic stage’ slot that’s birthed everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Alt-J in recent years, blew the roof off their Glastonbury tent earlier this summer, and are all set to do the same to 2015 when their debut album finally drops. Get there early or don’t get in at all.
Great music doesn’t compromise, and you’d imagine Eagulls aren’t ones for letting others have their way. When they showed up on Jools Holland earlier this year, they didn’t let a bit of live telly reign in their thunder. In the midst of a bill full of bands somewhat different to their usual peers, they won’t here either.
Over the past twelve months the brothers Loveless have got tighter, louder and more incendiary live. Sandwiched between bands who would consider themselves ‘proper’ rock bands, expect Drenge to bloody a few noses without even breaking a sweat.
The ex-My Chemical Romance frontman will be making one of his first solo appearances at the festival. Drawing on a love of lo-fi and Britpop, his debut album isn’t necessarily quite what you’d expect from the man who spent much of the last decade baiting the British tabloid press, but it’s perfectly him. Expect this to be huge.
Anyone who knows of Gnarwolves will be buzzing over their opening of the main stage at Reading & Leeds. A genuine force of nature; uninhibited, uncontrollable mayhem follows them wherever they go. Followed by Pulled Apart By Horses, you’d expect some festival goers to need a stiff drink before mid-afternoon.
On the eve of their debut album, Royal Blood know how to make a din. Reading is where a band like this belong, knee deep in mud and riffs, reigning glorious noise pollution onto neighbouring stages. This will be their christening. Within a week, when those albums chart drop, expect them to be confirmed as A Very Big Deal Indeed.
With a startlingly brilliant debut album behind them, and their faces now revealed to the world, Jungle can finally concentrate on what they’re made for – getting people to move. You’ll find few as skilled at Reading & Leeds 2014.
A lot of the bands you’ll see at Reading & Leeds will be more polished than they’d like to admit. You couldn’t level that one at The Wytches. Not that they’re ramshackle, below par or lacking in professionalism – we’re sure their time keeping is excellent – but they’ve got something others don’t. A bit of effortless edge. Something to believe in without any hint of cloying sentimentality. When they get noisy, they mean it.
Anyone at Latitude 2014 will admit it – there is absolutely no way Bondax aren’t going to be absolutely massive. Packing out their headline set on the Lake Stage, they made an open air gathering go off at a time where usually it would be wandering off to another tent. If they bring that same game to Reading & Leeds, expect a riot.
Like Queens of the Stone Age above them, Paramore have been rising the Reading bill for years. But while Josh Homme has always been a safe bet (admittedly, a thrillingly brilliant one), Hayley Williams and co have got here with a sparkle of magic and an embracing of their pop tendencies. Since dropping to a three piece, they’ve upped their game, delivered a pair of massive singles and become a genuine lightening rod for excited kids the world over. Expect them to be nothing short of spectacular.