The first acts have been announced for Reading & Leeds 2016 so we thought we’d take a look at those artists we’d like to see top the bill in a perfect world.

Foo Fighters

Foos

Photo: Foo Fighter’s Facebook

The biggest rock band in the world, with one of the best live shows you can pay for and an extremely dedicated fanbase. Take the Rockin’1000 campaign in Italy where 1,000 fans came together to perform a cover of ‘Learn To Fly’. As well as having a great live show, nothing can beat the nicest man in rock (Dave Grohl) taking a choir of thousands of voices through ‘Everlong’. Grohl even considers Reading Festival the band’s UK home, last playing the Sunday headline slot in 2012.

 

The Black Keys

Black Keys

Photo: The Black Keys’ Facebook

The catchy blues stylings would be the perfect warm up for Foo Fighters, a band that everyone knows that one song, ‘Gold on the Ceiling’ as it was blasted through the radio all last year. Playing the festival in 2012 after releasing one of their biggest selling albums, El Camino, in 2011 this is a band that have had years of experience to pump into the field of youths.

 

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay

Photo: Bombay Bicycle Club’s Facebook

A notable indie band in the current scene, who keep producing big selling albums and performing to sold out tour audiences not only nationwide but worldwide. Having been on the road throughout 2013 and 2014 playing festivals worldwide, filling venues with the sound of So Long, See You Tomorrow, these guys know how to put a set together to please a festival audience. Packing out the NME/Radio 1 tent in 2014 with their headline slot, this is a band that have proved they have what it takes to please Reading’s crowd.

 

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls

FT

Photo: Frank Turner’s Facebook

Frank Turner brings an excitable crowd with him wherever he goes, the die-hard fans and the people who discover his music for the first time. With his backing band The Sleeping Souls, Turner knows how to establish a unique energy in a crowd that creates stability and unites them as one with his interesting blend of folk-punk. What better place than Reading to host his sound?

 

Drenge

Drenge

Photo: Drenge Facebook

The original duo (now a trio, since 2014) stormed onto the scene throughout 2013, but gained notable support throughout 2014 once their self titled debut, Drenge, made it out of the studio. They released follow up Undertow earlier this year. With extensive touring, both headline and support slots under their belts, this band’s live show is something that you either get involved in or stand back and watch the madness. Expect mosh pits and walls of death to the alternative rock stylings. A rock festival is home for their sound.

Check out our ideal R&L playlist here:

Matt Smith @MatthewJamesSmi

 

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