What do you think of this year’s Reading/Leeds bill?

The Reading/Leeds festival has announced its bill.

They needed a strong one after they only just sold out last year and with a whole host of competing festivals and the biting recession and it looks like they have pulled it off with the Cure, Kasabian and Foo Fighters as the headliners for the August 24/26 festival.

The full list of bands appearing is below…
What do you reckon? Tempted?

Main Stage

The Cure

Bombay Bicycle Club
You Me At Six
Crystal Castles
Angels and Airwaves
Coheed and Cambria
Cancer Bats
Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage 

The Maccabees
Foster The People
The Courteeners

Reading: August 25 (Sat), Leeds: August 26 (Sun)

Main Stage 

Florence And The Machine
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari
The Shins
Odd Future
Mystery Jets
Special Guests
Blood Red Shoes

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Billy Talent
Miike Snow

Dance Stage

Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills

Reading: August 26 (Sun), Leeds: August 24 (Fri)

Main Stage 

Foo Fighters
The Black Keys
Kaiser Chiefs
Bullet For My Valentine
All Time Low
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Band Of Skulls
Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors



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  1. Its for (our) children isn’t it – can’t see yer average LTW reader wanting to go. The only set I’d be interested in seeing is Odd Future and how they go down with the teenies.

    Day tickets for the first day will sell out quick thanks to the Gothstalgia boom.

  2. With the exception of The Cure and The Horrors I think the line-up’s appalling, and they’re on different days so I’ve literally paid £95 (x2) just to see The Cure (again). Luckily I’d give my flat and my younger brother to see them headline a UK festival, so all’s well.

  3. The only redeeming feature of this ‘NME Hipster’ line-up is the absence of Mumford and fucking Son.
    As long as I continue to draw breath, I will still never understand how the Foo Fighters continue to enjoy such popularity based on the jaw-dropping mediocrity that they keep regurgitating.


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