Forget the headliners on the main stage, the real shows to get excited about are happening everywhere else. So lets begin:
20. Tea Street Band
The Liverpudlian group released their debut, self titled album only a month ago, but it was loaded with post-math rock beats that introduced the mesmerising Lost For Words and nine other, pulsating, electro rock tracks. For high velocity, jittery early morning raving, make sure you get down to the Dance Stage (Reading Saturday, Leeds Sunday).
Kwabs has been quite chummy with electro producer, SOHN, as the pair have mixed and collaborated with each other for the past year or so. Kwabs style though lies upon the mirage of seismic electronic beats in unison with R’n’B lyrics, as alluring as BBC Intro headliner, Moko. If the future of R’n’B sounds exciting for you, make sure you see Kwabs on Radio 1Xtra stage (Reading Sunday, Leeds Friday).
Quite possibly the future of house music, Lxury has been rapidly making a name for himself as the next Disclosure, with similar production styles to the NME/BBC stage headliners. Lxury’s set will be loaded with steady, two step beats and progressive, house pop tones, parallel to the ambient toning Lxury filters each of his tracks with. For fans of house and dance music, Lxury plays the Dance Stage Sunday for Reading, and Friday for Leeds.
The Japanese metal heads, obliterated the Lock Up Stage last year at R&L, and now they’ve made the move to the big stage. So prepare yourself for impossibly fast drum beats, carefully planned together with intense vocal screams about the infamous Jägermeister (in bomb form) and plenty of growling riffs. Metal fans, Crossfaith play the main stage on Friday for Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
16. The Fat White Family
With plenty of brooding, creepily manipulated tracks to quench the thirst of FWF fans, the London based band are going to crawl out from the dark depths of the Festival Republic stage, and crucify the sanctity of the pop-grunge from beforehand performers, Darlia. Performing on the Festival Republic stage on Friday at Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
15. Saint Raymond
If joyous, pop rhythms are your go to, well then you’d best make sure that you watch Saint Raymond on his debut R&L performance. from his most recent single I Want You, to the crowd favourite, Fall At Your Feet, which brightened up the thunder filled skys of Glastonbury, and every Next store in the entire UK. Performing on the Festival Republic stage, Reading on Sunday, Friday for Leeds.
14. The Orwells
The Illinois rockers make their debut performance at R&L as many others are, but the US rockers secret weapon, is their complete lack of awareness. An Orwells performance is more of a showcase of mindless, young adults, who swing about and have the energy of a five year old, loaded on a sugar known as rock and roll, instead of watching placid rock stars perform a pitch perfect, boring performance. Performing on the Festival Republic stage on Friday for Reading and Saturday for Leeds.
13. The Wytches
Resonant of fellow eerie post-rockers The Fat White Family, The Wytches open up the NME/BBC stage with their post haze, grunge punk ahead of their debut album Annabel Dream Reader, out August 25th. It’s a big ask to be first on the bill as you’ve got the task of getting everyone going when they’ve all got hangovers. But having a hangover is the best way to listen to Wytches otherwise you won’t quite catch the madness they truly have. Performing on NME/BBC stage on Sunday for Reading and Friday for Leeds.
Happyness are set to be one of the most enticing bands to watch at this years R&L festival. Only just a couple of months from their debut album, Weird Little Birthdays, Happyness are already set on releasing a new EP, where they’ve said sayonara to their chilled out indie style and instead have pieced together the shoegaze, post grunge style of Cheatahs. Which ever way they turn during their set, it’ll be one you’d be stupid to miss. Performing on Saturday for Reading and Sunday for Leeds.
11. Royal Blood
With the backing over everyone at BBC and NME, especially Zane Lowe, as well as crowd stopping performances at Glastonbury, Way Out West and SXSW, to add to their CVs, the duo from Brighton are set to blow the roof off of the NME/BBC stage. With their debut album out next week (August 25th), the duo’s set will be loaded with previous hits, Out Of The Black, Little Monster and Come On Over, as well as plenty of album tracks. Performing on the NME/BBC stage on Saturday for Reading and Sunday for Leeds.