Reading and Leeds Festival 2016 is just around the corner now (seriously, it’s this week), so it’s time to start planning! There must be like 200 bands playing over the weekend. Like, seriously, there’s bloody loads. So that’s why (since I’m a total bae) I thought I’d do y’all a solid. Yep, I’ve gone through the lineup and picked out the 10 bands you HAVE to watch this year. Trust me, these aren’t to be missed! Oh, and you can obv listen to them all in my Reading and Leeds Festival playlist – hint, hint!
Biffy Clyro – Main Stage
We’re starting with the big guns. Biffy absolutely SLAYED when they headlined in 2013, so it’s only right that they’re back. Following from the release of the excellent Ellipsis, Biffy’s set is going to be even more packed than before. Expect huge tracks, plenty of pyro, and enough fireworks for a mini bonfire night.
Good Charlotte – Lock Up
Sure their new material isn’t a patch on the classics, but Good Charlotte always know how to deliver. With more anthems than half the bands on the bill combined, expect the tent to be rammed when Good Charlotte take to the stage!
Chvrches – Main Stage
The rise of Chvrches has been a huge one. With just two albums to their name, the Scottish trio are already subbing the festival. Chvrches are obviously going to deliver some of the best melodies of the weekend with electro-pop tunes and I can’t wait. Cider in hand as the sun sets sounds like a good plan to me.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Main Stage
I’M FINALLY GETTING TO SEE THE RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS. One of the biggest and most classic bands ever, if you don’t go see this band then your festival is wasted. Just imagine what it’ll be like when they drop ‘Can’t Stop’ or ‘By The Way’? Someone hold me.
Thrice – The Pit
Thrice’s new record is basically my favourite album of the year so far. Like seriously, if you haven’t listened to it then you’re missing out. It’s THAT good. So of course, I’m going to recommend you go see them. They’ve barely been to the UK since reforming, so don’t miss this opportunity to see one of the best bands on the scene!
Twenty One Pilots – NME Stage
Another bad who’ve totally risen up out of nowhere. Twenty One Pilots put on amazing shows, and the atmosphere in the tent is going to be absolutely insane. Even if you don’t know tracks like ‘Ride’ or ‘Stressed Out’, make sure you watch Twenty One Pilots just for the entertainment value – you won’t be disappointed.
Skindred – Main Stage
Have you experienced the Newport helicopter? No? You haven’t lived. Skindred will forever be one of the best live bands in existence. It’s impossible not to enjoy their reggae-ska-metal and the absolute scenes which will take place during ‘Warning’ are not to be missed.
Nothing But Thieves – Main Stage
I heart Nothing But Thieves. Seriously, last year’s debut album was one of my favourite records of 2015. The quality of the tracks are just insane, and the bands live performances are not to be missed. Having already secured a coveted main stage slot, this is just the beginning for the band. Expect to see them back and much higher up in 2017.
Frank Turner – Main Stage
What’s Frank Turner doing opening the main stage, you ask? Why, he’s playing one of the only slots he hasn’t had chance to fill yet! Expect a full 50 minute set to kickstart your day, full of charm from one of Reading and Leeds’ mainstays.
Creeper – The Pit
If you’ve ever read my blog before, then you’ll have seen me mention Creeper. A great ‘small’ band, Creeper are destined to be one of the next big things on the rock scene. Think old school MCR (before the red hair dye) mixed with bands like AFI. And then put them on a tiny stage. Sold.
Who are you seeing at Reading and Leeds Festival? Are you going to check anyone out on the list? Let me know in the comments!