A band renowned for their live presence and raucous styles during sets, Peace are sure to deliver another performance to remember when performing at their highest ever platform at the festival; the main stage. Tracks such as ‘Bloodshake’ and ‘Follow Baby’ are anthems that are guaranteed to be sung across the field, with a large crowd anticipated for a band not to miss.
Seeing Flume live in the UK is a very rare occurrence indeed. The Australian electronic artist has a distinct sound that is unlike many others you will have heard before. With tracks such as ‘Holdin on’ peaking at number 1 in the Australian Indie charts, it is yet to be seen whether Flume can crack the UK scene but figures such as 12 million listens for ‘Drop the game’ highlights his increasing popularity. Headlining the dance stage, get down early to catch a rare glimpse of the genius that is; Flume.
Tracks such as ‘Golden Skans’ and ‘It’s Not Over’ propelled Klaxons into national fame and popularity almost eight years ago, with the band being especially quiet and behind the scenes in last few years. With a surprise comeback in the previous few months, Klaxons have released a wave of new music and performed at Radio 1’s Big Weekend amongst others. While not the most diverse or unique band on the planet, Klaxons have a place in British indie history and thus should be checked out with a new style and hint of optimism.
This band is one of my personal favourites of 2014. The electronic genre, mixed with indie roots and a clear definition, has allowed Chvrches to rise to popularity in the last year. Tracks such as ‘Mother We Share’ and ‘Lies’ are anthemic singles that will belted out loud within the NME tent this year. The slot of Sub-headliner showcasing the dramatic rise in fame of the band and after a sure-to-be brilliant set at Reading/Leeds, this can only rise further. Don’t miss this one.
One of the major shocks of the line up announcement this year was of the solo performance of Gerard Way on the NME stage. Sure to garner one of the largest crowds of the weekend, the former My Chemical Romance frontman will perform his first ever solo show at the festival and much is anticipated of his latest venture. It remains to be seen whether going solo will be beneficial to Gerard’s career but it is sure to intrigue and ignite audience debate so be sure to get yourself down to the NME Stage.
AlunaGeorge have become a mainstay at Reading and Leeds in previous years. Always attracting large, diverse crowds, the range of talent of Aluna Francis has been featured with Disclosure; further heightening the reputation of her solo work and with this band. Playing in the Dance Stage this year, the crowd is sure to be rapturous for the sound of AlunaGeorge; their continuing rise in popularity should not be missed.
After personally seeing Bondax play a brilliant DJ set in Sheffield last year, the artists are set to play a set full of tracks such as ‘Gold’ and ‘Giving it all’ that I can confidently exclaim will be a hit with the audience. After rising from nothing to a prominent act within the UK dance scene, don’t miss this opportunity to see Bondax during their latest career progression at Reading and Leeds.
Cage the Elephant:
Cage the Elephant are a personal favourite of mine who I had the pleasure of seeing last time that they played Leeds Festival. Rarely playing shows in the UK, the band’s confirmation of playing at Leeds again was a big shock personally but I have a lot of anticipation and excitement about their comeback. Recent track ‘Come a little closer’ has been a huge success and with a diverse back
A band on the significant rise during 2014, Royal Blood have captured the attention of new found audiences nationally and are rapidly rising within their own genre. Made up of only two members – significantly different to other comparative bands – allows the lads to have a differing style while generating substance and brilliant atmosphere through heavy sounds and dramatic tracks. After packing the tent at Glastonbury, be sure to get down early to see Royal Blood.
Catfish and the Bottlemen (pictured top):
My favourite band of 2014 and guaranteed to put on an exceptional show, this band are sure to win over a legion of new fans during this festival weekend. After playing around the country and with a tour scheduled later in the year, Catfish and the Bottlemen’s debut album announcement has been met with astronomical excitement and anticipation; this band are clearly going places and can’t be missed this year.