Kasabain, Metronomy and At The Drive-In all successfully negotiated the first round and today it’s time for Foo Fighters, Justice and Less Than Jake to enter the fray.
Foo Fighters vs. Pulled Apart By Horses
Two Reading veterans go head to head in our first battle as legendary Reading headliners the Foo Fighters bring their colossally anthemic hard rock sound to the main stage. At this point Dave Grohl and co need no introduction, from “Stacked Actors” and “My Hero” to “All My Life” and “Best Of You” these guys have been topping charts for so long every setlist has becomes greatest hits.
The Essential Album: One By One
Pulled Apart By Horses don’t have the tenure of the Foos but they do have plenty of Reading experience and a hard partying humour filled attitude that makes them the perfect choice to open the mainstage. Expect slamming riffs and bellowing shouts when the Leeds lads unleash “High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive”.
The Essential Album: Pulled Apart By Horses
Of Monsters And Men vs. Justice
Stirring Icelandic indie-folk stars will aim to melt hearts and engage fans when they open the NME Stage on Sunday morning. The group are reknown for their gorgeous low key harmonies and spacious arrangements that suddenly burst into life. “Dirty Paws” should have no problems winning over new comers with it’s Arcade Fire like blurts and soothing vocals.
The Essential Album: My Head Is An Animal
French electro-prog/dance stars Justice have matured into NME Headline material over the course of two incredibly successful LPs. The first filled a public need for big dance tunes and Daft Punk style house with its anthems “Phantom Pt.II” and “D.A.N.C.E”. The second showed off the bands musical chops as they expanded into 80s inspired progressive rock and studio disco.
The Essentail Album: †
Less Than Jake vs. Apologies I Have None
You just can’t keep Less Than Jake away from Reading. The Ska/pop punk icons just keep coming back, and they’ll continue to return as long as fans are happy to bounce up and down and bellow back hits as enduring as “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads” and “The Science Of Selling Yourself Short”.
The Essential Album: Losing Streak
London’s Aplogies I Have None specialise in a rousing brand of punk that marries post-hardcore with indie and folk. The four piece are rapidly gaining momentum on the back of their debut album London that pack the anthemic punch of Biffy Clyro (“60 Miles”).
The Essential Album: London