The bands that play are chosen through a combination of the BBC’s countrywide Introducing shows, Leeds promoters Futuresound and festival promoters Festival Republic. In the past the likes of Everything Everything, General Fiasco, Pulled Apart My Horses and Goldheart Assembly have made their debuts at Reading and Leeds on this stage and gone onto great things.
Several bands have gained their place at the festival through winning highly fought competitions including local boys Kasiuss who bring their intelligent modern rock to the Festival Republic Stage (Saturday 28th Leeds, Sunday 29th Reading). Kvelertak won their spot via a national TV search in their native Norway and Penguin were worthy champions of the Martin House Children’s Hospice battle of the bands – the Centre Stage competition.
We are very proud to also welcome the return of the DANCE TO THE RADIO STAGE which acts as the official warm up for the crowds at Leeds on the Thursday night. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Chickenhawk, Bear In Heaven, Spectrals and The Neat (another act who started out on the BBC Introducing Stage last year) will kick things off at the greatest rock and roll event of the year.
With all stages now announced (Main, NME/Radio 1, Lock Up/Dance, Festival Republic and Alternative) the countdown begins with less than a month to go. The READING & LEEDS FESTIVAL is held on 27th – 29th August 2010 at Little John’s Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. Tickets for this event are now sold out. The full line up and further information can be found at www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com.
BBC INTRODUCING STAGE
Friday 27th August at Reading Festival / Sunday 29th August at Leeds Festival
|LITTLE FISH (headliners)||www.myspace.com/littlefishmusic|
|ARCS AND TRAUMA||www.myspace.com/arcsandtrauma|
|END OF LEVEL BADDIE||www.myspace.com/eolb|
|THE MIGHTY STEF||www.myspace.com/themightystefband|
|WE’RE ONLY AFRAID OF NYC||www.myspace.com/wereonlyafraidofnyc|
Saturday 28th August at Reading Festival / Friday 27th August at Leeds Festival
|THE LAW (headliners) ||www.myspace.com/upthelaw|
|MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK||www.myspace.com/mps|
|LOVE ENDS DISASTER||www.myspace.com/loveendsdisaster|
|THE INVASION OF||www.myspace.com/theinvasionof|
Sunday 29th August at Reading Festival / Saturday 28th August at Leeds Festival
|GALLOPS (headliners) ||www.myspace.com/thegallopsband|
|EXIT INTERNATIONAL ||www.myspace.com/exitinternationalmusic|
|REAPER IN SICILY||www.myspace.com/reaperinsicily|
|THE BRILLIANT THINGS||www.myspace.com/thebrilliantthings|
DANCE TO THE RADIO STAGE
(Leeds Only: 7pm – 11pm)
Leeds’ finest independent label are constantly seeking out the hottest bands around. They’ve brought
us names such as The Pigeon Detectives and Forward Russia and their Thursday night opening slot
at Leeds is the place to be for early birds.
Sam Duckworth is GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY, the Southend-born troubadour who named his solo project after a solution from an old Batman adventure game. He’s sure to be previewing tracks from his eagerly awaited eponymous 3rd album which is inspired by a new love for hip-hop and a rediscovered passion for drum’n’bass as well as playing tunes from debut ‘The Chronicles Of A Bohemian Teenager’ and 2008’s ‘Searching For The Hows And Whys’.
BEAR IN HEAVEN’s new album ‘Beast Rest Forth Mouth’ is a celebration of wide open spaces and not-quite-sounding-like-anyone-in-particular, it comes close to prog rock although frontman Jon Philpot insists, “We’re bigger fans of Krautrock”. An exceptional live act.
Leeds based CHICKENHAWK have been together since 2008, and have unleashed their unique brand of experimental metal with releases on Brew Records and Dance to the Radio. Definitely rock not to be missed.
SPECTRALS is the creation of one young lad “L” from the north of England who decided to start something combining his love of doo wop, girl groups and then adding a little bit of rat pack flair with a punk rock vibe.
Artrocker described THE NEAT as “Obscenely brilliant” and we agree. This Hull trio have whipped up a storm with their recent single and uk shows gaining lots of radio play in all the right places.