1o. Ben Pearce
The Manchester, house producer, floored everyone with his insanely catchy, mellowed out tune, What I Might Do last year, and now he’s bringing his melodic house vibes to R&L festival. With the likes of GBH, What I Might Do, and several remixes under Pearce’s belt, the house producer is going to bring a set fully loaded with insanely deep bass beats and electronic fusions to make any two stepper multiple by ten. Performing on the Dance Stage, Pearce plays Reading on Sunday, and Leeds on Friday.
9. Broken Hands
The four piece from Kent are set to make R&L their breakthrough performance of the year, as the group make plans for future releases in 2015. Dale Norton will lead the barrage of their alt-prog rock style as tracks, Spectrum, No One Left To Meet, Brothers and a few more will amplify the essence of truly, hard rock that the band have mustered together on each track. The Kent quarter perform on BBC Introducing stage, Friday for Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
Just creeping ahead of fellow Kent rockers Broken Hands, Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent, usually referred to as Slaves, are a garage punk duo, who you’d be foolish not to see. From some of their photos in suits, and some of their songs being about being scared looking for a car and watching a girl fight, you might not immediately think, garage punk. But the duo’s facade is something that adds to the shock of new listeners, when a drum is nearly beaten to death and a well groomed man screams in your face. If that sounds like fun to you, get down to the Lock Up Stage, Friday for Reading, Saturday for Leeds.
A band from Leeds, playing at a festival in Leeds? Who’d have thought. The Northern punk band also play at Reading, but the bands attention will be focused on annihilating the crowd at the Northern half. With a discography of punk, mega hits ranging from the bands breakthrough and award winning, Nerve Endings (Best Video-NME), to their earliest track, Council Flat Blues, the crowd at the Lock Up Stage are surely going to bat shit crazy for this years punk heroes. Eagulls play the Lock Up Stage on Friday for Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
6. The Neighbourhood
The Newbury Park (L.A) alt, hip hop rockers make their debut at R&L festival this year, as frontman Jesse Rutherford plans to serenade each and every individual in the NME/BBC stage tent, into a comatose state of pure bliss. With tracks such as Afraid, Female Robbery and the eponymous, Sweater Weather, the five piece’s set will be nothing short of mind blowing. So for people who enjoy their alt-hop(?), The NBHD, play NME/BBC stage on Saturday for Reading and Friday for Leeds.
5. Baby Strange
The Glaswegian three piece have accumulated a certain buzz about them since their BBC introducing performance at last years T In The Park. Punk is the genre for this trio, and punk is wht they do well. Three minute short bursts, ranging from the pop punk style of Friend to the gritty, dark setting of Distance Yourself. For fans of the band since early 2013, expect the likes of earlier tracks Want It- Need It and the emphatic Pure Evil. An overload of punk will emerge from the bands set on Sunday for Reading and Friday for Leeds.
The soulful, R’n’B styling of Moko will be an absolute must for everyone, despite your musical preferences. The grand stature of one of Moko’s earlier tracks Freeze, will surely enchant all stimuli of every head present at her headlining slot on the BBC Introducing stage. The Chase and Status collaborator set will be loaded with glorious R’n’B hits that simmer with UK jungle and garage influences. Moko’s headline performance will air on Friday for Reading and on Saturday for Leeds.
3. Wolf Alice
The London band released their 5,607,203rd EP this year, also known as Creature Songs EP (not actually their 5,607,203rd EP by the way), and have been enjoying an extra burst of press coverage from the likes of, pretty much everyone. From the band’s first track Leaving You back in 2012, to their most recent Moaning Lisa Smile, the band’s post-folk/grunge genre dipping has created a tantalising taste that thousands are waiting to try at this years R&L festival. Wolf Alice are just beginning to record their debut record, so expect a new track from their set on the Festival Republic stage, Saturday for Reading, Sunday for Leeds.
2. Gerard Way
Was there any question about this one being in the list. The MCR frontman’s debut album, Hesitant Alien is out September 29th, and his performances at Reading and Leeds are currently the only shows Gerard Way has set up for this year, so a front row view of Gerard’s new material is a must for absolutely everyone. Expect an overflowing NME/BBC stage tent bursting with alternative rock perfection, and the legends familiar, emo rock brilliance from tracks Action Cat, Zero Zero and plenty more. Gerard performs on the NME/BBC stage, Friday for Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
1. Man Made
The Manchester based group, fronted by Nile Marr already boasts the stage presence of a headlining act, and yet are only half way up the BBC intro list. As regular viewers of Velvet will know, I love Manchester bands, especially those that I don’t have to be biased about. Man Made’s performances are hauntingly mesmerising, as post Joy Division performances resonate the modern Manchester movement, in contemporary post punk and indie. The overall style of Man Made is questionably poised in the grand expedition of American alt rock. They’re not exactly Nirvanna, but you should be just as excited to see Man Made as the teens of the 90’s were to see Kurt. Man Made play on the BBC Introducing stage, Reading on Sunday, Leeds on Friday.