Preview: Reading and Leeds Festivals 2015

Reading & Leeds Festival start in earnest today and The Version will be bringing you all the action from sunny Reading (albeit the weather in Leeds looks like it’s better). With hundreds of acts and things to do, we’re here to filter out the best and let you know all about them.


Highlights of Friday include the headliner Mumford & Sons, who return to Reading after five years of cutting their teeth and rising up to rule the world. With their third album released earlier this year they now have such a selection of songs to choose from that we cannot wait to hear which way this headline performance goes!


If anything, we might be even more excited to see Alt-J smash out their new album (plus old faves) on the Reading main stage, and if their Glastonbury set is anything to go on we’ll be in for a real treat. We can’t wait for Every Other Freckle of their performance and we’ll definitely be around for (Alt-J) Gus’ DJ set later in the evening.


Earlier on in the day we’ll be hanging out by the Festival Stage for Prides, Vaults and one of our tips - Bear’s Den, with their lush track “Sophie” to chill us out with a cheeky cider or two.


Saturday sees rock gods Metallica headlining the main stage for a record fourth time. You are practically guaranteed a stellar performance from these legends, to the point where the Saturday headliner should be decided for you. That was until a supergroup called Rebel Sound decided to play the NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage at the same time.  Rebel Sound is made up of Chase & Status, Rage, David Rodigan and Shy FX and first came together at Red Bull’s Culture Clash last Autumn (which they duly won). Whichever way we end up going, we know we’re on to a winner…


For us, the place to be during the day on Saturday is the NME / BBC Radio 1 Stage, which will see an unprecedented list of talent including Catfish and the Bottlemen, Wolf Alice, Circa Waves, Spector, Nothing But Thieves and Everything Everything. Catfish and the Bottlemen have undoubtably won the ‘meteoric rise of the year’ award and for the very good reason that they keep smashing it out of the park. After seeing them at a soggy Glasto performance, we just pray the sun will be shining this time!


We can’t wait to meet with Spector and Nothing But Thieves to find out what it is like to play reading, which we’ll let you know all about (once we recover and get round to writing up the weekend).


Sunday is another epic day, which brings a different vibe to the festival in the form of Hip-Hop rapper of the moment (and foreseeable future) Kendrick Lamar take to the main stage, and we’re sure he’s gonna kill it.  If by that point you are feeling euphoric with all the good times spent at the festival, then definitely check out Jamie XX for what we will call right now as the highlight of the festival.


And how to close the festival? Continue to lose yourself in electronica bliss to the larger than life deadmau5 and forget any notion of needing to go Dismaland for another year. Or say that you saw The Libertines and perhaps join that exclusive/elusive club of fans that have been tattooed at the behest of Pete and Carl (or get it anyway and say they were there!). Just make sure you video the time when you show your mum and send it to us for proper bants.


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