The BBC Introducing Stage at Reading has a rich history of hosting pivotal moments in artists’ careers; Jake Bugg, Spector, and Catfish And The Bottlemen are just a few names who have gone on to great success following the exposure granted to them in this setting. There is a huge diversity among this year’s acts, so there is sure to be something for everyone – if you’re looking for a place to discover your new favourite band, this is it.
Friday night is headlined by the impossible-to-pigeonhole Georgia, who will be joined by indie newcomers Viola Beach, scuzzy Bristolian rockers The Jacques, local heroes The Aztecs, singer-songwriter Martin Luke Brown, electro-indie trio Moon Tourists, Northern alternative punks LIFE, rising metalcore stars Return To Rome and Irish rockers Otherkin.
Clean Cut Kid are still yet to release their debut album but have already impressed enough to be headlining on Saturday night. The same applies to Leeds locals Clay, whose current lack of physical releases is made up for by their promising talent. They will appear alongside the likes of tripped-out grungers Demob Happy, arty Glaswegians White, brooding singer-songwriter John Joseph Brill, folky punks Ducking Punches, garage-psych hopefuls Crosa Rosa, and teen sensations Area 52.
Sunday will be closed by London up-and-comers Childcare, but the stage will also play host to London alt-rockers The Big Moon, Telford rockers Hyena, retro beat combo Hidden Charms, Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Willie J Healey, Blues-rock duo Kit Trigg, Leeds electronic artist Skinner, Northern Irish shoegazers R51, and Brighton-based up-and-comers White Room.
With this much fresh talent on display, you’d be a fool to miss out on an early opportunity to witness the next generation of top artists!
This year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals will take place between the 28th-30th August. Tickets can be purchased via this link.