5 acts to discover at Reading and Leeds

Festival season in the UK is still going full steam ahead with Reading and Leeds this weekend. Here’s our pick of five acts you can’t afford to miss.

[Hotly tipped Australian producer Flume – picture: Getty]

Weather predictions for both festivals this weekend are best described as ‘typically British’ with sunny spells between potential downpours being forecast.

A bit of rain never harmed anyone though and this year’s twin festivals will still see tens of thousands flock to make the most of the stellar line-up which includes the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Queens of the Stone Age and Blink 182.

But if you’re looking for a bit more variety than your typical main stage bands, then try one of these five acts this weekend.

Twin Shadow

George Lewis Junior has been doing his thing within the music industry for the past four years since 2010’s Forget and is an act you feel is one track away from being a massive breakout star in the next few years.

Twin Shadow’s blend of soft vocal harmonies, synth-based soundscapes, Prince-style lyrics and a full embrace of the ballad mean that his back catalogue is an audio delight. With a new album expected soon, it will be interesting to see what new material he debuts this weekend.


Flume’s self-titled debut album came out in 2012 which was a ridiculously accomplished effort from an Australian producer who was only 19 at the time.

The electro artist is a revered name in his native Oz and his tracks and remixes have racked up millions of plays across YouTube. Judging from his latest collaborative efforts with Chet Faker, it seems that a few years’ maturity have done nothing to quell his talent for creating hooky rhythms and beats.

Pusha T

There’s a host of interesting hip-hop talent on display across the stages at Reading and Leeds, but Pusha T may be one of the most lyrically talented.

The rapper was known as being a part of the extended Kanye family (his album Cruel Summer was released on West’s GOOD Music label) but last year’s My Name Is My Name was one of the finest hip-hop records of the year, which saw him marry interesting production with lyrical references ranging from The Wire to wrestler Ric Flair. Pusha is bound to deliver an intense show.

Gogol Bordello

Bound to be completely different to anything else you’re likely to see at a mainstream festival this summer, Gogol’s band of gypsy punks will no doubt have wild mosh pits clattering together to a waltz beat whilst mad fiddles and trumpets play in the background. Anyone who’s been to one of their festival shows will know they’re not to be missed.

Danny Brown

Even by the extensive boundaries of the world of rap, Danny Brown is considered an oddball. His last album looked to cover the entire history of the sound of hip-hop track-by-track, he’s inspired by Radiohead’s Kid A and he recently hinted at a collaboration with enigmatic The Avalanches.

It’s uncertain whether Brown’s strange persona will stop him ever breaking through to mainstream audiences, but for now enjoy the fact you’ll get to see one of the most intriguing rap artists today up close and personal.

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