Preview: Reading and Leeds 2012

Seminally popular, world-renowned and strongly anchored in the roots of British music festivals, Reading and Leeds Festival returns this August Bank Holiday with a musical line-up to once again reassert its sweeping popularity and enormous attraction among young newcomers and seasoned regular festival-goers alike.

Reading and Leeds Festival this year divides up suitably enough an impressive headlining act and a number of bands still on the cusp of greater, broadening successes. The headlining acts being comprised of such bands as The Cure, Foo Fighters and Florence And The Machine – is surely enough to satiate the tastes of the most reserved festival regulars, and if that doesn’t fulfil enough then it might be worth mentioning that among others to confirm playing the main stage are Paramore, The Black Keys, Justice, Kasabian, At The Drive-In and Metronomy and Los Campesinos!

The Lock Up Stage this year is to be facilitated by acts such as California’s rockabilly and punk band Social Distortion (on Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds) and Florida’s very own ska punk group Less Than Jake – playing Leeds on Friday and Reading on the Sunday. But that’s not all: accompanying them on the Lock Up Stage will also be Anti-Flag, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Gallows, Turbonegro, Bouncing Souls and A Wilhelm Scream.

The Dance Stage is also confirmed to have a sterling line-up this summer, especially when fronted by mainstream pop and dance artists such as Katy B, the indie electronica of Metronomy and further addition of Azealia Banks and Jaguar Skills, among many, many more.

Although that’s not all, so if you’re planning on going this August then keep listening as Reading and Leeds swoops and soars into its forty-first year and its thirteenth consecutively: and for those if you who haven’t yet bought a ticket, well, you’d better go grab one before they’ve sold out completely!

Words: William Ibbott