In pictures: 16 acts not to miss at Reading and Leeds 2011
24th Aug 2011 | 15:45
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)
New York’s brooding indie kings.
Listen: Interpol - Evil (live)
His guitar has less strings than your guitar. So he wins.
Listen: Seasick Steve - Walking Man (live)
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)
My Chemical Romance
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)
One of the finest indie rock bands on the circuit.
Listen: The National - Fake Empire (live)
Simian Mobile Disco
Just look at all those patch leads…
Listen: Simian Mobile Disco - It's The Beat (live)
Pulled Apart By Horses
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)
The Devon three-piece aren’t exactly known for doing things by halves, are they?
Listen: Muse - Plug In Baby (live)
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)
OFWGKTA (Odd Future)
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)
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)
Sun-drenched surf pop fresh from a Californian garage.
Listen: Best Coast - Goodbye (live)
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)
Cage The Elephant
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)
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.