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Reading and Leeds 2015 saw over 150,000 festival fans revel in an unforgettable weekend of music, including headline acts Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, plus hundreds of performances from artists, bands, comedians and DJs.
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From playing chaotic house parties in their home city of Oxford to becoming major festival headliners across Europe, Foals’ trajectory has been remarkable. Since forming in 2005 they’ve earned critical acclaim (NME and Q Award wins, plus Mercury Prize, Ivor Novello and BRIT Award nominations) and fan devotion (1.7 million sales of their four Gold-certified albums, plus over half a billion streams at Spotify since 2015) in equal measure. And while the majority of contemporaries have fallen by the wayside, Foals continue to hit new peaks.
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Disclosure are a garage-house duo consisting of brothers Guy and Howard Lawrence who grew up in south London with an extensive background in music. They took the electronic dance music scene by storm and are equally at home in live arenas or on record. Their 2013 debut album 'Settle' was nominated for Best Dance/Electronica Album at the 2014 Grammy Awards, while the single 'White Noise' featuring Aluna George reached no.2 in the UK singles chart. The guys continue to push dance boundaries with 2015's follow-up album 'Caracal'.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers
Quite possibly the funkiest band in the world, the Chili's brand of rap, rock, punk and funk has created a sound which is uniquely theirs. Outrageous onstage, Anthony, Flea and Co. veer from the strutting, punk energy of 'Suck My Kiss' to the spine-tingling balladry of modern classic 'Under The Bridge' with an ease that only truly great bands possess.
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Known for their anthemic alt-rock, Scotland's Biffy Clyro are a dynamic power trio marked by the throaty lead-vocal brogue of singer/guitarist Simon Neil. Emerging in the early 2000s, Biffy Clyro drew loyal fans with their grunge, hardcore, and prog-rock-influenced sound that found them combining hooky choruses with unusual song forms and galloping rhythmic meters.
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Fall Out Boy
Their music contains elements of punk and pop, but they aren't pop-punk. Likewise, their songs are emotional and their lyrics can be poignant, but they're certainly not emo. Fall Out Boy incorporate their dark sense of humour within their songs, which abound with clever, biting lines.
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A collaboration between Skrillex and Diplo, Jack Ü is an energetic hybrid blend of pop, hip-hop and dance music.
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Two Door Cinema Club
The Irish Indie-electro-pop three-piece formed in 2007, when founding members Alex Trimble and Sam Halliday met at Bangor Grammar school and subsequently teamed up with Kevin Baird. Characterised by the band's short, sharp songs with punky overtones and indie sensibilities, the County Down boys achieved a UK no.1 album in 2012 with their 2nd release 'Beacon' on French independent label Kitsuné. Their success led them to signing with Parlophone for their 2016 3rd album 'Gameshow'. Their 4th release; 'False Alarm', follows in June 2019.
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Dark and far-reaching, reverential to 90s shoegaze yet constantly looking forward: The 1975's bombastic sound has gained them a haul of fans across the globe, and they continue to captivate audiences with their wintery, glitchy, melodic form of alternative rock. The boys picked up the best 'British Group' and best 'British Album' awards at the 2019 Brits.
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Oliver Heldens was just 17 years old when the biggest record label in the dance industry, Spinnin' Records, approached and signed him. Oliver creates a techy / deep house hybrid, which is instantly recognisable as him. After the success of ‘Gecko’, which reached number 1 in 2013, Oliver hit the UK Charts again with ‘Koala’ followed by collaborations with Sander van Doorn, Zeds Dead and Shaun Frank to name a few. He has established residencies at two of the most prestigious nightclubs in the world - Omnia in Las Vegas and Ushuaïa in Ibiza.
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One of the most exciting new producers to emerge from the UK, Duke has set the world alight with his EPs for Tiga's Turbo label and tracks such as the awesome 'Lean and Bounce’. With remixes for Missy Elliott already under his belt, there's a lot more to come from this immense new talent.
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Heralded as possibly the UK's best garage DJ, EZ drove to the top with his 'Pure Garage' albums and regular slots with Kiss 100.
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This UK hard rock sensation have been branded as the new bad boys of rock n' roll by major mainstream media across the world and it's definitely something the band isn't shying away from. They play hard and certainly party even harder ushering in a new era of rock decadence. My Bloody Valentine meets My Chemical Romance via some brutal hardcore metal riffage.
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American hardcore metal band Mastodon make head-spinning, gut-churning progressive metal of explosive and unbridled force. Hailed as one of the most exciting bands on the metal scene, they are often praised for their incomparable technical ability, fearless stage presence and innovative style.
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Benji, Joel, Paul, Billy and Dean play an edgy, melodic and emotionally acute brand of indie rock which saw them break into the bigtime in 2003 with the relentlessly upbeat and catchy single 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous' (winner of Kerrang's best single award).
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Indie-Rock band from Newcastle, fronted by the ever charming Paul Smith, whose tightly-wound songs are biting, contemporary takes on the familiar feelings of being trapped in a small town and desperately needing to escape. Their tunes vibrate with contained energy, and the anger more than occasionally spills out into faster, harder pop-rock. With three UK top 10 albums, two top 20 albums, along with eight UK top 40 singles, the boys continue to 'apply some pressure' to their sound and success.
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The Temper Trap
Hailing from Australia, but now based in the UK, the band released their debut album, Conditions, in 2009. Featuring the singles Science of Fear, Fader, Love Lost and Sweet Disposition – the latter of which spent more than six months in the UK singles chart – the album was one of the breakthrough successes of the year and has now been certified Gold two-times over in the UK, selling over 800,000 copies worldwide. Now a five-piece, the band's line-up consists of Dougy Mandagi, Jonathon Aherne, Toby Dundas, Lorenzo Sillitto and Joseph Greer.
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G’s been a fixture on the local New Orleans rap scene for a few years and more recently in the music blogosphere, but in the last few months his popularity has surged and as his national profile has grown exponentially. His latest mixtape, The Endless Summer, produced Runaround Sue, whose sun stroked throwback video garnered over 100,000 plays on Youtube in less than a week. But it all comes back to the live show, one New Orleans music blogger summed it up with, “the young crowd was reaching the levels of mass hysteria reserved for the 50s and 60s rock ‘n’ roll legends to whom G-Eazy has been paying so much homage...”
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Jacques Webster, better known by his stage name Travis Scott, is an American hip hop recording artist, record producer and musician from Houston, Texas.
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From the same East London 'grime' scene that spawned Wiley, Durrty Goodz and Shystie among others, Kano has a similar star quality, character and pedigree. Once labelled as the "UK version of Jay-Z", Kano's breezy self-assuredness and laid-back vocals have given the UK hip hop scene a much needed shot in the arm.
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Russell Howard is one of our funniest and most successful comedians. The quick-witted, cheeky and wryly observant comedian first became known when he was appearing as a regular on BBC2's Mock The Week. He has had huge success in writing and starring in his own BBC show, Russell Howard's Good News. Russell Howard’s Good News is available around the world via a YouTube channel launched in 2014 – allowing fans to watch full episodes of the show (without piracy) in countries where the show wasn’t already broadcast – and has had over 11 million views and been watched in 180 countries (including North Korea and Vatican City). As part of his Round The World tour in 2017, Russell played 10 consecutive nights at the prestigious Royal Albert Hall, overtaking the record of 8 in a row jointly held by Frank Sinatra in the 70s and Barry Manilow in the 90s. Before this, the record for the most consecutive performances by a comedian was 6 nights, shared by legends Victoria Wood and Billy Connolly. 'Energetic, uncynical and, most importantly, very funny' (The Times).
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Musical deity and comedic visionary? Bath-born founder member of The Rubber Bishops and one of the top stand-up comedians in Britain today. He was winner of the Best Live Stand Up 1999 Award, and spent six years as team captain on BBC TV's Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Bill also starred in the sitcom Black Books and had his own series on BBC2 entitled Is it Bill Bailey?
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The product of a strict Irish father and a glitzy Canadian 'stage mom', Katherine Ryan won neither friends nor pageant titles growing up. Try as she might to shed her questionable perspectives and super sparkly nature, she's not sure we can ever truly escape our childhood indoctrinations. Katherine puts a hilarious spin on many topics including life as a single mum and gender hypocrisy in a laid-back, funny, and downright honest show. As well as being a writer-performer Katherine is also a talented actress and played the lead role of George in Victoria Pile's Channel 4 series Campus. Katherine also appeared regularly throughout the second series of Episodes as Merc's Assistant. 'She has perfect timing and enough attitude to stop an elephant in its tracks' (Time Out) 'If only every comedian was as acerbic, smart and downright funny as Katherine Ryan' (Eastern Daily Press) 'This entertaining hour... flies by... all the hallmarks of an increasingly assured comic...' (Steve Bennett, Chortle) 'Warped wit... striking presence... killer lines... calm confidence' (The Scotsman) 'Thoughtful, funny and just twisted enough' (The Times). Katherine Ryan was named in Ents24's top 5 hardest-working comedians of 2015.
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An indie rock four piece band from Hull.
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Incorporating the raucous energy of The Fall, Pixies or The Damned, the irresistible pop sensibilities of Supergrass or Blur, the impish sense of humour of Half Man Half Biscuit and the heavenly close harmonies of The Beach Boys, their sound is instantly and deeply infectious.
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Gruff punk pop played by Cornish boys living in Brighton. "Gnarwolves are beginning to get the knack for this pop-punk thing, embedding memorable melodies into blink-and-you’ll-miss-‘em gems that will no doubt be the sound of many a party. One of the best and most exciting on the UK pop-punk scene at the moment" - Alterthepress.com
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Jamie Quinn, a man on the cutting edge of drum'n'bass production and DJing.
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