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Handpicked – Our top tips for Reading and Leeds 2014


Reading and Leeds Festival is nearly upon us and with Reading tickets already selling out, there’s only Leeds tickets left to see huge headline acts such as Queens of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182.

With just under a month to go until things kick off, The Gig Review has handpicked a small selection of artists that we think are a must see…

Reading and Leeds Festivals take place the weekend of August 22nd-24th. Check here For ticket information and make sure you don’t miss out on what has been voted Best Festival by our very own readers.

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 and are based on Reading. Check Official Website lineup for confirmation


Indie champs Peace step up to the plate playing on the main stage this year…

Slot: Saturday: NME/Main Stage
Sounds like: Swim Deep / Vampire Weekend
Listen out for: Money

Saint Raymond

At just 19 years old, he has caused a major buzz in the music industry…

Slot: Sunday: Festival Republic Stage
Sounds like: Two Door Cinema Club / Bastille
Listen out for: Everything She Wants

Palma Violets

Based around the rock genre, with some Garage rock and psychedelic influence

Slot: Friday : Festival Republic Stage
Sounds like: The Clash / Glasvegas
Listen out for: Best Friend

The Districts

From a little town called Lititz, Pa. They write honest music and are passionate about doing so

Slot: Friday: Festival Republic Stage
Sounds like: Little Green Cars
Listen out for: Rocking Chair

Pendulum (DJ Set)

Distinctive mix of world-beating heavy rock and pulsing electronic music

Slot: Saturday: BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage
Sounds like: Mix
Listen out for: Anything by Pendulum 😉


Dense enough to interpret, light enough to dance to…

Slot: Friday: NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage
Sounds like: The XX
Listen out for: Hold On

Foster the People

Indie-pop trio deservedly making the move up to the main stage

Slot: Saturday : Main Stage
Sounds like: Of Monsters & Men
Listen out for: Helena Beat

The Minutes

Three piece Dublin band The Minutes play visceral, high-voltage rock n roll the way it should be

Slot: Saturday: Festival Republic Stage
Listen out for: Gold

Arctic Monkeys

They need no introduction…

Slot: Saturday: Main Stage
Sounds Like: Arctic Monkeys
Listen out for: Knee Socks


Classic indie hits you’ll know the words to. Impressed at R&L with past performances

Slot: Friday: NME / Radio 1 Stage
Sounds like: The Enemy / The View
Listen out for: Not Nineteen Forever


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