Although the early-birds are already at Leeds and Reading Festival – everything kicks off properly on Friday around noon. Here’s our preview and recommendations of who to catch on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage over the course of the weekend!

Twenty-One Pilots

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What a whirlwind the past two years have been for this Ohio-born duo that have been taking the world by storm – they’re not showing any signs of stopping either. Back in early-May 2015 the band released their second album with the label Fuelled by Ramen, ‘Blurryface’. The album was a continuation of their alt-folk electronic style and was well received both here in the UK and America. The band are probably best known for their single ‘Stressed Out’ which reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at number twelve in the UK singles chart. Most recently the duo produced the lead single ‘Heathens’ for the widely anticipated Suicide Squad film. If theatrical high energy performances are your thing, then they are definitely one to watch at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival. 

NME Stage – Friday @ Reading // Saturday @ Leeds


The 1975


The 1975 have built quite the cult following since 2013 and are best known for their main stream success with the single ‘Chocolate’ which was released from their self-titled debut album. The indie rock band spent the next two years out of the spotlight touring with this album, the highlight being their performance at the American festival Coachella. Finally, in June 2015, the band began to stir public interest again with the speculation that the band had broken up, before finally revealing it was actually a ploy to promote their new album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’.

NME Stage – Friday @ Leeds // Sunday @ Reading


Tonight Alive

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This Australian-based band are only now beginning to rise to fame in the UK but have already had success in America, reaching number eight in the US indie chart with their second album ‘The Other Side’ released back in 2013. As well as their American success, they have built up quite a fan base in their native country, peaking at number six in the Australian album chart with their newest release ‘Limitless’. The band’s big break came in 2014 when their single ‘The Edge’ was featured in the sound track for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Throughout the years the band have dabbled in various genres from rock to pop-punk and, through their newest album, have even showcased some more reggae influenced singles.

NME Stage – Friday @ Leeds // Sunday@ Reading


Two Door Cinema Club

Leeds & Reading Festival - NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage - PREVIEW

Two Door Cinema Club are a Northern Irish indie rock band best known for their oh-so catchy 2011 single ‘What You Know’. They are making their come back this year and are teasing that they will be releasing their third studio album, ‘Gameshow’, later this year; all this means fans will finally be able to hear new music from the band, four years after their last album release.  Having previously been part of the line-up at Lollapalooza and Isle of Wight festival it will be great to see them back at Reading and Leeds having played there twice before in 2010 and in 2012.  So far the band has only released lead single ‘Are We Ready? (Wreck)’ from their upcoming album but are sure to be playing more new music as well as old favourites at this year’s festival.

NME Stage – Saturday @ Reading // Sunday @ Leeds


Sunset Sons

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Since their first appearance at Reading and Leeds festival on the introducing stage back in 2014 this surfer-esque indie band has been making quite a name for themselves. In 2015, the band supported rock band Imagine Dragons on their European tour before embarking on a tour of their own. This 2016 tour showcased their debut album release ‘Very Rarely Say Die’ and spanned across Europe and parts of the US.  Recording and touring aside, the band has also dabbled in video games with two of their singles being used for the game Guitar Hero live. With two years under their belt since their last appearance at Reading and Leeds you can rest assured that they have refined their performance and will be putting on a show you don’t want to miss. 

NME Stage – Saturday @ Reading // Sunday @ Leeds

This Leeds and Reading Festival article was written by Eryn Anderson, a GIGsoup contributor. Edited by Simon Carline.

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