In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011

24th Aug 2011 | 15:45

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Pulp
Main stage co-headliners - Saturday, Reading / Sunday, Leeds

Easily the most fun thing to come out of Britpop, Pulp’s recent reformation shows have been playing to rave reviews, definitely not one to miss.

Listen: Pulp - Common People (Live at Glastonbury)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Interpol
Main stage - Sunday, Reading / Friday, Leeds

New York’s brooding indie kings.

Listen: Interpol - Evil (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Seasick Steve
Main stage - Saturday, Reading / Sunday, Leeds

His guitar has less strings than your guitar. So he wins.

Listen: Seasick Steve - Walking Man (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Fucked Up
NME/Radio 1 stage - Sunday, Reading / Friday, Leeds

One of the best, most-inventive live punk bands around. Playing in support of their excellent new album David Comes To Life.

Listen: Fucked Up - Baiting The Public (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
My Chemical Romance
Main stage headliners - Friday, Reading / Saturday, Leeds

MCR have come on a long way since being bottled at Reading in 2006, with a well-received album and a new drummer, they return to prove they’ve got what it takes to headline.

Listen: My Chemical Romance - I'm Not OK (I Promise) (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
The National
Main stage - Saturday, Reading / Sunday, Leeds

One of the finest indie rock bands on the circuit.

Listen: The National - Fake Empire (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Simian Mobile Disco
Dance stage - Friday, Reading / Saturday, Leeds

Just look at all those patch leads…

Listen: Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Pulled Apart By Horses
NME/Radio 1 stage - Friday, Reading / Saturday, Leeds

A proper party rock band, with songs about punching lions in the throat and a singer who vomits during almost every gig.

Listen: Pulled Apart By Horse - High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Muse
Main stage headliners - Sunday, Reading / Friday, Leeds

The Devon three-piece aren’t exactly known for doing things by halves, are they?

Listen: Muse - Plug In Baby (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Deftones
Main stage - Friday, Reading / Saturday, Leeds

Deftones are coming to the end of touring last year’s Diamond Eyes - their best album for nearly a decade and one of the highlights of 2010.

Listen: Deftones - Diamond Eyes (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
OFWGKTA (Odd Future)
NME/Radio 1 stage - Saturday, Reading

The controversial LA rap collective - led by Tyler, The Creator - are known for their high-energy live shows that generally descend into chaos. Definitely one to catch.

Listen: Tyler, The Creator & Hodgy Beats - Sandwiches (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
The Strokes
Main stage co-headliners - Saturday, Reading / Sunday, Leeds

A decade after releasing their debut, and with a fifth album in the works, New York’s indie heroes return as co-headliners with Pulp. Let’s hope Julian Casablancas rocks this misguided trucker cap/leather jacket combo again.

Listen: The Strokes - Hard To Explain (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Best Coast
NME/Radio 1 stage - Sunday, Reading / Friday, Leeds

Sun-drenched surf pop fresh from a Californian garage.

Listen: Best Coast - Goodbye (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Crystal Castles
NME/Radio 1 stage - Saturday, Reading / Sunday, Leeds

The Canadian duo bring their mix of noise-rock and techno to Reading. Expect one of their notoriously chaotic live shows.

Listen: Crystal Castles - Crimewave (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Cage The Elephant
NME/Radio 1 stage - Sunday, Reading / Friday, Leeds

On this year's second album Thank You, Happy Birthday the Kentucky band have really perfected their impression of '90s grunge. And we like '90s grunge... a lot.

Listen: Cage The Elephant - Around My Head (live)

In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
Anna Calvi
Festival Republic stage - Friday, Reading / Saturday, Leeds

Now with a Mercury nomination under her belt, the Telecaster-totting gothic pop singer is one of our favourite new artist of the last year.

Listen: Anna Calvi - Love Won't Be Leaving (live)

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