Ding, Ding, Ding!!! After two days of intense fighting we finally have some winners. Katy B pulverised Jagga, but The Cribs barely snuck through against Twin Atlantic, while Florence Welch was booted out of the competition by the mighty Blood Red Shoes.
What shocks does Day Three have in store?
The Black Keys vs. Band Of Skulls
Our next selection of battles starts with a retro-rock show down from the main stage as The Black Keys take on Band Of Skulls. The Keys have shot to the top of festival line ups on the back of the Garage Rock duos two hugely successful albums Brothers and El Camino. The edition of some retro-soul and pop hooks has helped catapult the band to stardom but you can expect a mix of tracks as well as signature tunes “Gold On The Ceiling” and “Tighten Up”.
The Essential Album: Rubber Factory
Southampton three piece, Band Of Skulls, also like their rock retro and bluesy, and will bring a more hard edge sound to the main stage. Expect “Sweet Sour”, “Bruises” and “Death By Diamonds And Pearls” to wake up a sleeping early morning throng.
The Essential Album: Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
Two Door Cinema Club vs. Django Django
Melvin Benn’s personal favourites Two Door Cinema Club are returning to Reading and Leeds without a new album, but with a big and faithful fan following. The art-popstars stormed the NME tent two years ago and will be hoping for a repeat performance when they unleash “I Can Talk” and “Undercover Martyn”.
The Essential Album: Tourist History
Hot on their heels are Scotland’s Django Django. One of this year’s hottest acts, this psychedelic five piece love to blend genres and decades into their glorious fusion sound. All delivered with a unique sense of humour and off kilter style expect an explosion when they drop “Default” and “WOR”.
The Essential Album: Django Django
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes vs. The Flatliners
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes are a rarity in modern music; a covers band through and through. Each album spans a different era or theme and you can expect everything from 90s ballads “Nothing Compares 2 U” and “I Belive I Can Fly” to vintage classics “All My Lovin’” and “Blowing In The Wind”.
The Essential Album: Take A Break
Taking things far more seriously are Ontario, Canada’s The Flatiners. Expect a mix of sounds that can vary from post-hardcore to smooth and catchy ska. “This Respirator” should go down a treat before “Count Your Bruises” gets everyone bouncing.
The Essential Album: The Great Awake