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Handpicked – Our tips for Reading and Leeds Festival


It’s safe to say, Reading and Leeds has stamped itself firmly on the summer festival map and even more so this year with Reading already selling out it’s weekend tickets, more stages then ever beofre, huge headline acts such as Biffly Clyro, Eminem and Greenday, it’s hotting up to be one of the best yet!

Now we all know the big acts we want to see, but with just under a month to go untill things kick off, The Gig Review has handpicked just a small selection of (maybe lesser know) artists that we think are a must see…

There’s still time to purchase some tickets – book now to make sure you don’t miss out on what has been voted Best Festival by our very own readers.

Reading and Leeds Festivals take place the weekend of August 23rd-25th and feature over 200 artists, with UK festival exclusives from System of A Down, Fall Out Boy, Skrillex, Deftones, City and Colour and many more.

On Spotify? Then listen to our playlist featuring tracks from all the below handpicked bands here

*All stages are correct at time of writing article. Check Official Website lineup for confirmation

Frightened Rabbit

Hailing from glasgow the band offer ‘clever but purposefully naive pop’

Slot: Friday : NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage
Sounds like: Biffy / The Vaselines
Listen out for: Backyard Sculls

Catfish & The Bottlemen

Younger, Softer rock n roll. Will have you muttering “Oh I know this one..”

Slot: Saturday : BBC Introducing Stage
Sounds like: Vampire Weekend / The Heartbreaks
Listen out for: Homesick


80’s dance with an electro pop angle. Kick you’re shoes off and shuffle!

Slot: Friday : Festival Republic Stage
Sounds like: La Roux / New Young Pony Club
Listen out for: Gun


Bright, Summery catchy choruses. A funk free-for-all. Challenge yourself to try and stand still…

Slot: Friday : BBC Introducing Stage
Sounds like: Passion Pit
Listen out for: Unkinder (Tougher Love)

The Computers

From Exeter’s Punk scene, hand clapping garage rock and blues with heaps of soul

Slot: Friday : Lock Up/Rock Stage
Sounds like: Clash / The Faces
Listen out for: Mr. Saturday Night

Mikill Pane

Fresh, youthfull rhymes. Rap mixed with feel good choruses. Should be great for crowd participation.

Slot: Saturday : 1 Extra Stage
Sounds like: Jamie T / Kings Blues / Goldie L C
Listen out for: Good Feeling

To Kill A King

Leeds born and London based. Offering up a main course of indie pop with a side order of folk.

Slot: Saturday : Festival Republic Stage
Sounds like: TDCC / National
Listen out for: Funeral

Frankie & The Heartstrings

Classic and traditional indie from the north-east. Think Futureheads with a more energetic front man! Great showmanship.

Slot: Sunday : Festival Republic Stage
Sounds Like: Erm…Futureheads
Listen out for: Nothing Our Way


Three sisters from Los Angeles bringing a californian soft rock vibe with and 80’s guise.

Slot: Sunday : NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage
Sounds Like: Fleetwood Mac
Listen out for: Falling

Post War Years

4 lads from Royal Leamington Spa who describe their sound as Latin/Hard House/Jazz.

Slot: Saturday : BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage
Sounds like: Battles / Theme Park
Listen out for: All Eyes


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