Come the August Bank Holiday Weekend, crowds of festival-lovers will descend upon Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park for a weekend of music, munch and mates but hopefully, no mud! Reading & Leeds is an institution of the British Festival scene and it hasn’t succeeded for around for half a century out of luck. The line-up is a big one this year with Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Biffy Clyro and Disclosure just a few bands set the light up the main stage but what about the lesser-known members of the bill. What new music should you go to see over the weekend?
Friday: Lower Than Atlantis
The Watford-based rock quartet have set the radio rock world alight in the last couple of years and their self-titled release in 2014 reached #16 in the UK album charts. With bold, anthemic songs such as Here We Go and English Kids In America, Lower Than Atlantis are sure to put on one hell of a show.
Nothing But Thieves
Following the release of their hotly tipped debut album, Nothing But Thieves have taken over Alternative Rock. Through hard-hitting basslines, they have managed to get their single Trip Switch to #1 on the US Alternative Songs chart.
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
For those of you who want the kind of rock that Reading was originally famous for, look no further than the former Gallows frontman’s band. Aggression forms the basis of the music but if the discordant tracks don’t make you want to jump around then nothing will.
One of the most exciting up and coming bands in the country right now. Following in the musical footsteps of acts like The Wombats and Vampire Weekend, Blossoms are not one to miss for fans of melodic indie rock/pop.
The punk rockers have been gaining support from Daniel P Carter at Radio 1 and playing some prestigious support slots. Their latest release Skin feels like a modern twist on early noughties pop-punk but by no means is it unoriginal. Dead! will light up a stage in the early afternoon so you have no excuse!
After recently tearing the roof off of a sold out Moles, Sundara Karma could not come any more highly recommended from us at URB. The four-piece uses stadium-worthy, catchy choruses in their reinvigoration of alternative music in the UK.
Sunday: RAT BOY
I had the pleasure of seeing RAT BOY on the NME Awards Tour at O2 Academy Bristol and if the energy from Jordan and numerous crowdsurfing fans was anything to go by, their live show will not be boring. The unique fusion of indie rock and hip-hop makes for a fresh experience of which their a few alike. Callum of URB had the pleasure to interview RATBOY and it can be listened to here
Cage The Elephant
The rock group from Bowling Green, Kentucky are famous for their live show with lead singer, Matt Schultz, regularly getting tangled in his mic lead whilst diving into the crowd multiple times in a set. Cage The Elephant are massive in the US and it is no surprise given their four refined albums with explosive, passionate sections. Do not miss them!
With their own brand of pop-punk blended with indie rock, Modern Baseball have adapted well to the current music scene over their two albums. The American group make honest tracks that are easy to relate to and at a time where that isn’t common, these guys are a breath of fresh air.