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As if the Reading and Leeds Festival line-up wasn’t already huge, 36 more bands have now been added as part of the event’s commitment to new music. Once again teaming up with BBC Introducing, an exciting platform for emerging talent across the UK, Reading and Leeds have announced 12 more bands for each date of the three day festival.
Announced on BBC Radio 1 through Huw Stephens earlier this week, the list includes appearances by the likes of Pale Waves, Low Island and Ider. All bands join the bulging line-up, with the Main Stage topped by Kasabian, Eminem and Muse.
It’s further proof again of the festival’s wide appeal, bringing together established and new artists from across various genres and styles. The BBC Introducing Stage will also, as ever, host a number of surprise appearances by some of the biggest artists on the bill.
BBC Introducing have supported the likes of Slaves, The 1975, George Ezra, and Florence And The Machine. Many bands playing the Reading and Leeds stage have gone on to graduate to some of the biggest platforms in both fields.
“Reading and Leeds is a huge deal for music fans and playing it is an even bigger deal,” says Stephens. “BBC Music Introducing is a really exciting part of the festival now, showcasing new talent that’s breaking through and championed by the shows that nominate them to play. You will see something new and awesome every time you stop by!”
Your new favourite band could easily await, so check out each of the 36 new bands below, and celebrate new music with us.
A three piece Alternative Rock/Grunge band from the West Yorkshire area. [Facebook]
London based singer-songwriter. [Facebook]
Alternative indie-rock from Leeds. [Facebook]
Rock’n’roll from London. [Facebook]
Singer-songwriter based in London. [Facebook]
Kingswinford based rapper. [Facebook]
Post-indie from the north of England. [Facebook]
Post-punk / New Wave four piece from Sheffield. [Facebook]
Alternative pop from Harrogate. [Facebook]
Liverpool based indie-rockers. [Facebook]
The Golden Age Of TV
An indie art-rock quintet based in Leeds. [Facebook]
A three piece punk-rock band from Derry, Ireland. [Facebook]
Calypso Afro-Rock from Macclesfield. [Facebook]
Experimental London genre-mashers. [Facebook]
Indie-rocker from Milton Keynes. [Facebook]
R&B-meets-folktronica from North London. [Facebook]
Laid back indie from London. [Facebook]
Modern prog-rock from London. [Facebook]
Electro-indie from London. [Facebook]
London based art-pop band. [Facebook]
Pop songs drenched in grunge-heavy noise from Bristol. [Facebook]
Too Many Ts
London based hip-hop duo. [Facebook]
Funk/pop from Birmingham [Facebook]
Will Sin For Love
Mysterious gothic band from hell. [Facebook]
Alternative indie-rock from Hastings. [Facebook]
Musician, vocalist and producer from London. [Facebook]
Alternative rock from Rhondda Cynon Taff. [Facebook]
Alt-rock from Sheffield [Facebook]
Old skool beats and funk riffs from Northampton. [Facebook]
Scuzzy shoegaze from Devon. [Facebook]
Experimental electronic-indie from Oxford. [Facebook]
Indie rock with plenty of soul and heart from Ashford, Kent. [Facebook]
Alternative three-piece from West Yorkshire. [Facebook]
Queen Zee and The Sasstones
Bubblegum punk from Merseyside. [Facebook]
Rock Bottom Risers
Blues rockers from Keighley. [Facebook]
The Pale White
Indie from Newcastle. [Facebook]
Reading and Leeds Festival runs from the 25 – 27 August. Tickets are available now through Ticketmaster.co.uk.