Let’s get straight to the point eh? Placed conveniently below are 5 bands we think you should definitely catch on the Main Stage at Leeds & Reading Festival this weekend.
Truth be told, you would probably expect these pop-punkers to be occupying the Lock Up Stage but, on the back of 2015’s ‘Around the World and Back’, the New York quintet have graduated and find themselves with the honour of opening the main stage. Dealing mostly in the sunny pop-punk sound usually associated with the west coast of the US, State Champs will be looking to provide a fun, anthemic and emotive start to proceeding – fans of New Found Glory, The Story So Far and the like will find a lot to love here (if they aren’t already on-board that is!).
It’s safe to say that Foals are now bona-fide Main Stage mainstays and, with this co-headlining appearance this year, you’d be right to expect one hell of a show. Last year’s ‘What Went Down’ was a corker and added another strong batch of songs to an already-stellar discography; with so much to choose from and a total disregard for being pigeon-holed, their set is bound to well-crafted and diverse. Expect the odd musical tangent and meander from a band that revel in a live setting as much as they do on record.
Whilst these Manchester lads are most certainly bigger up t’north, they’re definitely not without a fanbase across the UK and beyond. 2014’s ‘Concrete Love’ found its way to No.3 in the album charts and the band managed a sell-out, 25,000 fans strong Heaton Park show last year which just goes to show how much Liam Fray and Co have grown over the last decade. They’re currently ramping up excitement for a new album and have put a new song, ‘The 17th’ out there for you to get your ears around. This band is definitely worth 45 minutes of your festival time.
The Vaccines’ sound has definitely changed this their emergence in 2010 – previously a straightforward, fun and almost-Ramones-esque garage rock outfit, they’ve developed into a different beast altogether now as exemplified by their lastest effort, ‘English Graffiti’. The record saw them play with poppier elements, the odd heavier riff and generally just mixing the pot with many arty influences. It all still sounded like The Vaccines, though, and when combined with classics from ‘What Did You Expect…’ and ‘Come of Age’, they’re likely to take the main stage by storm.
Biffy Clyro have been around forever haven’t they? It’s great to see them enjoying the plaudits that many knew these Scots deserved from the very start and becoming a hit on both sides of the pond. Since they made a little stylistic switch to not be quite-so-quirky on ‘Puzzle’, they haven’t looked back with a string of strong albums in ‘Only Revolutions’, ‘Opposites’ and this year’s ‘Ellipsis’. Ever hardworking, they’re also squeezing a massive headlining show in Glasgow with fellow festival headliners Fall Out Boy on Saturday in-between Leeds and Reading – bloody troopers. Expect heavy, expect fast, expect random shifts in time-signature and countless sing-alongs with a crowd full of temporary Scots. ‘Mon the Biff!