Indie fans, fear not, Reading and Leeds has yet another batch of awesome guitar bands after last year’s line up left some people disappointed. The ticket scramble is over, unless you are still f5-ing, if you are; what the hell are you doing reading this? I say you will get through in less than five minutes – it doesn’t feel very 2008, now does it?
The NME Tent is loaded with indie’s brightest stars from tent headliners down. After year after years of rumours Justice are playing – finally the rumour has become the truth, and let’s face it, Justice played a few NME shows back in February, surely that was a hint?
I am all for Two Door Cinema Club playing, but to see them still whoring every last pound out of their debut album…I just feel like they need to settle down and move away already. Although Two Door Cinema Club are a great band, to get the underagers moving in the neon paint.
The Maccabees fully deserve the Saturday NME headline slot at Reading, Into The Wild is one of 2012′s greatest albums, so far. Foster The People subbing, yes, another indie centric band, after making indie club waves with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ the band went onto storm the charts with their debut album.
Also well done on Festival Republic on securely one of indie’s leading female fronted bands, Florence and The Machine, who will bring the hairs on the back of your neck to attention before Kasabian headline. Both bands have appeared at R&L before, and R&L is about making musicians like Florence; she started on The Festival Republic stage then stepped up to NME tent, and now she’s subbing.
Indie favourites The Vaccines, The Horrors and Bombay Bicycle Club make repeat appearances, some would say lazy, I say the bands have much more to offer.
Of course The NME tent has many more bands to confirm, as does the proper Festival Republic stage, but in the meantime, Reading and Leeds has provided us with the most predictable indie bands around. Bring on the lesser known bands.