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The legendary Reading & Leeds Festival will return for the August bank holiday and it promises to be bigger and better than ever with the best names in music from across the globe set to play at both sites.
It is not very often you come across an act that is so unique sounding yet, at the same time, instantly recognisable. An act that can traverse genres with such skill and dexterity like they have been doing it for years; fusing the current desire for wild electronic productions and a pop sensibility that everyone enjoys.
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Attention Thieves are more than your generic rock band and bring post-hardcore, progressive and punk elements to their sound, but at the same time their tracks exude a pop immediacy that could propel them straight into the mainstream limelight. They display a discernible talent for crafting immediately catchy songs that are as acceptable to radio listeners as they will be to those schooled on the likes of the Police, Foo Fighters or Glassjaw and are revered for their energetic live shows.
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With several hits under their collective belts, the grunge rockers known as the Foo Fighters have been long established in the world of rock. Their career has seen them go from being 'the band with the guy who used to be in Nirvana' to being one of the first names on the tongue of anyone making a list of the most prolific and influential bands in rock music today, with a score of memorable songs and legendary performances to their name.
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The etheral wailings of Robert Smith set amongst layer upon layer of dark, melancholic guitars, edgey atmospherics and occasional pop wanderings all make up the unmistakable ingredients of The Cure. Whether they're wandering down Fascination Street or in love on a Friday, The Cure remain unmissable.
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A glorious synth-tinged melting pot of indie rock that will caress the eardrums. Formed in Leicester while still at school, they took their name from Linda Kasabian, one of the members of the Charles Manson cult. Their electronica-indie rock fusion akin to Primal Scream combined with the rough vocal style and unrepentant Mancunian swagger of Oasis has firmly established them as more than just a flash in the pan and injected a large dose of energy back into the Brit-rock scene.
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Critically acclaimed French dance duo Gaspard Auge and Xavier de Rosnay, make pumping house music with an electro-punk-rock edge.
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Brighton's Maccabees have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut top 30 album 'Colour It In' in 2007. Their brand of slightly off-kilter British art-rock has seen them compared to the likes of Wire, Blur, Magazine, Futureheads and XTC. Their frenzied live shows have generated stage invasions and riotous crowds buzzing to the sounds of already classic anthems like 'About Your Dress' and 'Toothpaste Kisses'. After 14 years together, in 2016 the guys announced they had decided to call it a day, and will play their farewell shows in 2017.
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Less Than Jake
Floridian rockers who mix memorable melodies, aggro guitars, punchy horns and ska rhythms. With eight full-length albums to date, the band are renown for their frantic live performances.
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Since their formation in 1979 in the working class Southern California suburb of Fullerton, Social Distortion have a recharged rock ‘n’ roll sound merging outlaw country, classic punk and swaggering blues.
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The Scottish shimmering indie-rock four-piece landed themselves a Mercury Music Prize nominated no.1 debut album 'Hats Off To Buskers' in 2007 and have never looked back since. They celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2015 and the tenth anniversary of their debut in 2017. These guys might wear the same jeans, but five albums later their infectious blend of clashing guitars, swirling melodies, unexpected crescendos and psychedelic vocals show no signs of stopping, with a continual reputation as a captivating live band.
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American noise pop musical duo based in Brooklyn, New York, formed in 2008. The duo consists of vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller.
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Since they began in 1992, Newport's Welsh rockers Feeder have sold over 5 million records. Always exhilarating, always celebratory, singles like ‘Just The Way I’m Feeling’, ‘Buck Rogers’ ‘Feeling A Moment’ and ‘Lost And Found’ are just some of the 25 hits the band have enjoyed over the years, along with nine studio albums, six of which reached the UK top 10. There have been various line-up changes along the way, but Grant Nicholas and Taka Hirose remain the force to keep feeding their music hungry fans.
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The brain-child of disillusioned drummer Joseph Mount, Metronomy are an alternative electronica group producing funk-infused beats, android-esque vocals and highly addictive bass-lines.
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Feel good, jarring beat pop-rockers from Newcastle with kitchen sink indie songs. Little Comets remain committed to actually saying something in a song and convincing Taio Cruz that 'plans' and 'dance' is not acceptable as a rhyme.
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