Reading And Leeds

England’s Reading and Leeds festivals aren’t the largest or most important festivals in the UK — that’s still Glastonbury — but they’re still massive institutions and enormously important career-makers for bands from around the world. And my one day at the 1997 Reading Festival (Manic Street Preachers headlining, the Orb second from the top, Republica and Space stealing the undercard) represents one of my favorite festival-going memories ever. Both festivals, which share one lineup, just announced their initial lineups for this summer. Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will both headline individual days, while Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore will co-headline another. The bills also feature Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Foster The People, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Metronomy, Die Antwoord, Temples, JUNGLE., Danny Brown, Eagulls, Klaxons, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$, and Vic Mensa. More acts will be announced. The festivals come to their respective cities 8/22-24, and you can find out more info on them here.

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  1. How boring must it be to be a 17-year-old festival-going kid these days…

    • I’m 17, live in the UK and already paid for my Reading festival ticket from a few months ago. You don’t know how strangely disappointed I am with this line-up; 1 (Arctic Monkeys), maybe 2 (QOTSA), out of 4 is terrible. Who the fuck wants to see Paramore or Blink 182 in 2014?!

      There are still a number of acts (Disclosure, Chvrches, Arctics, Vamp Weekend, Deaf Havana, Bombay, Drenge & Peace [actually two brilliant British indie bands], Metronomy, Jungle, Clean Bandit and few names that caught my eye at the bottom) but considering I’ve paid £250 ($415), not impressed one bit!

      US Festivals this year>>>

      • I’d be really happy with that. I’m 17 in Australia, and generally our festivals that welcome under 18s are few and far between; When they do come around, you’re expected to shell out $200 to go be crowded by bogans who don’t know or care who Cults are.

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