So with Reading And Leeds Festival fast approaching, next week to be exact, we at Hooting And Howling thought we would help you with those all important decisions of who to watch.
1. Foo Fighters
Well what is there to say about this band that you don’t already know? Dave Grohl has reached a legendary status among fans for his drum work in Nirvana and is now leading his current band the Foo Fighters to be one of the best rock bands of the past decade.
2. The Cure
Very rarely do they ever play gigs anymore but after their performance last year at Bestival they return to deliver what will no doubt be a special performance. But don’t expect a set of greatest hits, The Cure are very likely to add a few rarities and b-sides in there too.
3. The Gaslight Anthem
The Gaslight Anthem are surprisingly low down on the line up, especially with new album ‘Handwritten’ being released and performing so well (Read our review here). This band is destined for bigger and better things so don’t kick yourself for missing the opportunity before they are headlining arenas and maybe even festivals in the future.
4. Crystal Castles
This band is just so unpredictable and fresh, although they are a regular feature at Reading And Leeds they continue to smash the NME tent everytime. It will be interesting to see how they make the transition to the main stage especially with them playing during the middle day which will no doubt have an affect on their fantastic stage show.
5. The Subways
You can always count on Billy Lunn, Charlotte Cooper and Josh Morgan to bring a performance and a half. They always give it a 110% everyime they play so expect some straight up rock and roll!
6. Florence And The Machine
I had the pleasure of seeing Flo earlier in the year in Manchester and everything you hear about her voice being amazing live is all true. Despite hitting arenas on her last tour of the UK her voice still managed to travel and make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck. With one more solid album she could well be a definite contender for a future headline spot.
7. At The Drive-In
After recently reuniting for a string of festival dates around the world they finally make their return to the UK, expect an explosive performance.
8. Mongol Horde
Well this band sneaked onto the line up a couple of weeks ago but just recently it seems to appear that this is the hardcore side project of Frank Turner. There isn’t really much to say about this band as they haven’t done much yet but if you’re a fan of Frank Turner and his previous band Million Dead then these aren’t to be missed.
There is something new and fresh about Grimes and I expect her to be one of the breakthrough acts of the year so make sure you catch her on the Dance stage.
After supporting bands like The Big Pink as well as an up and coming tour with The XX, sisters Hannah and Colette Thurlow seem to have hit upon a winning formula. With a new album under their belt they are already turning out to be a surprise act this year.
To round up our top 10 acts you can listen to our top 50 songs of the festival below