Fort Fest will be returning in 2017!

For those who enjoyed going to this years inaugural edition of Fort Fest, then you will be pleased to hear that they have announced the dates for next year! With no bands announced yet, they have released the dates for next years edition of the festival for everyone to start planning! A statement from the festival organiser has said;

“We are really excited to be working on Fort Fest 2017. The feedback that we received from our inaugural festival was amazing – so we just had to do it again!”

Make sure to keep your eyes peeled on their FACEBOOK as well as here for more information.

Reading & Leeds announce even more acts

Reading & Leeds have announced even more acts, with the revealing of the BBC Introducing and (Leeds exclusive) Dance To The Radio stages.

The festival takes place from 25th-28th August in both Reading & Leeds with acts rotating between the two.

See the full list of BBC Introducing bands below:

The Wholls


Paris Youth Foundation


Ten Tonnes

High Tyde

The Tin Pigeons

Avalanche Party

K.O.G And The Zongo Brigade

Lawrence Taylor

Cameron AG

Eat Fast

Jordan Allen



Sonny Green


Muncie Girls

Happy Accidents





Arctic Lake


Hardwicke Circus

Night Owls


Coquin Migale

The Shimmer Band


Faux Pas

Strong Asian Mothers


Tiny Giant

We Were Giants

The Indigo Project


And Dance To The Radio bands here:

Blood Red Shoes

The Wytches



Forever Cult

12 Brilliant British Bands You Might Not Have Heard Of

Seeing as Britain is now officially leaving the EU, its time to consider seriously what’s going to happen to our thriving music scene. You can read about how it will be actually affected here, but in the mean time here are 12 bands that truly deserve your attention. The music scene needs support now more than ever, and if you know any of these bands and already go support them then great, but if you don’t, this is but a taste of how diverse and utterly fantastic the British music scene is. These bands are in no particular order, this list would take far to long otherwise…. Read more

R&L Announce Even More Bands

Reading & Leeds Festival have announced another wave of bands.

The announcement includes Deaf Havana and Arcane Roots, so clearly they still mean business!

See the full list of new announcements and the new poster below:


Arcane Roots


Big Narstie

Charlie Sloth


Deaf Havana

Fickle Friends

Ghost Town



Kiko Bun

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Mick Jenkins


Rude Kid


Third Eye Blind

The Range

The Virginmarys



Will Joseph Cook

White Miles


In The Spotlight: Halo Affect

Reading-based teen alt-rockers Halo Affect are next up In The Spotlight!

Basic Info

The band consists of Aimee, 17 (vocals and lead), Alice, 17 (rhythm guitar), Jo, 15 (bass) and Alex, 14 (drums)

Aimee: “The name is based on a psychological term “halo effect” which is someone’s overall impression of a person, product etc influences the feelings and thoughts someone has about that entity’s character or properties.

Alice: “When writing lyrics I take inspiration predominantly from Will Gould of Creeper and Robert Smith of The Cure. Will writes such beautiful lyrics so I often having Creeper playing in the background when writing. It’s the same with The Cure; Smith’s lyrics fit so well even without a rhyme scheme so I take a lot of inspiration from him. I’ve even referenced a song by The Cure in one track I recently wrote because I had it playing at the time.”

Aimee: “I’m more a punk fan, bands like Siouxsie & The Banshees and The Damned, who are probably my main influences. I listen to a lot of rock and roll-type stuff too like Eddie Cochran and Buddy Holly, and a lot of my guitar parts guitar parts stemmed from these.

The Past

Alice: “I’ve known Aimee since we were about 13 but only recently joined the band in October where I met Alex and Jo for the first time. the band is through an organisation called Reading Rock Academy who help young people get into music.

Jo: “I’ve been in several bands before Halo Affect but none of them really worked out either because of contrasting styles of music or other disagreements. I was in a band with a close friend a year ago but when split we both moved onto different bands. Halo Affect, who at the time were known as The Ruins, were only Aimee and Alex so I joined when I heard they were in need of a bassist since Aimee was a mutual friend of members of my previous band. Our style of music is kind of grunge punk which was perfect and a nice break from pop-ier bands I’d been in before. We were having some trouble having only one guitarist though and after a few months Alice joined, which soon led to doing our first gig.”

Aimee: “I’ve been in the band since it started in 2010 and Alex joined a few years later, and together we’ve played a few gigs at the Jazz Cafe among other venues through the Rock Academy

Jo: “Their Pain and Victim of Myself are up on Soundcloud! We actually recorded them for the time being on Alice’s phone but they haven’t turned out too badly to be honest…

The Present

Alice: “Our immediate to-do list is to finish a few songs we’ve been working on for a while then maybe get in a studio and get something done in terms of a release.

Jo: “We’re all independently working on our own aspects and parts of the songs, and we are going to go through and alter at practices to make a tighter and more polished sound. Also some old songs we aren’t happy with are going through a ‘re-vamp’ process, like a song we wrote called August 28th that could do with a lot of work before the potential studio trip!

The Future

Alice: “July 17th is our next Rock Academy gig and we’re looking to get bookings to record a single or two after the gig. We’ve been in talks with a local video editor who’s shown interest in making a music video for us so once the recording has been done we should have that on the go too!

Jo: “We’re all doing either GCSE’s or A-levels and we all have exams at the moment so we are hoping to get in the studio in the summer as most of our songs are more than ready to get recorded.

Aimee: “We’d love to play a few more gigs in the near future and get a song (probably Their Pain) recorded in the near future.

Huge thanks to Alice, Aimee and Jo from the band for doing this! Hit them up on Facebook and Soundcloud because these guys could seriously be going places sometime soon so keep up…


If you and/or your band would be interested in going In The Spotlight, fire us over an email to Editor Lauren at and go from there


R&L: More Bands & Stage Splits Announced!

Reading & Leeds Festival organisers have today made a huge announcement of yet more bands, along with the crucial stage splits that can make or break a day’s experience.

The biggest names on the bill come in the form of bands like Good Charlotte, Tonight Alive and the return of Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, this time with the backing of The Crowes.

While this morning hasn’t been without its issues (Reading website being completely factually incorrect before the fix was put in place), the lineup has been met with pretty great acclaim and the splits have been universally declared a good fit; acoustic rocker Frank Turner opening up Main Stage on the Friday at Reading, followed by pit-inducing Frank Carter, both of whom are bound to make a stunning opening to the weekend.

Despite early worries by many that the bill would be lacking depth and quality this year, even the smaller bands on smaller stages are great; the inclusion of Area 52 on the Festival Republic stage follows up from their BBC Introducing… stage appearance at the 2015 festival. Building on this is the huge return of Nothing But Thieves, last year opening during the Babymetal set to a half-empty NME tent, this year being half way up the Main Stage bill which really shows what a festival appearance and a Muse world arena tour can do for a small band.

Elsewhere in the festival, Tonight Alive (previously a band destined for the Pit) have been placed midway down the NME lineup after their huge reinvention as they shift into the Limitless era, and concept-album rockers Coheed & Cambria (somewhat surprisingly) making it to Main Stage.


The full list of new artists to hit the lineup:

Frank Turner
Good Charlotte
Coheed and Cambria
Tonight Alive
Spring King
Sunset Sons
Black Foxxes
The Temper Trap
Brian Fallon And The Crowes
Clean Cut Kid
Pulled Apart By Horses
Ezra Furman
The Magic Gang
The Hunna
The Sherlocks
Beach Baby
Isaac Gracie
Lewis Del Mar
The Beach
The Vryll Society
Area 52
Nothing More
Milk Teeth
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Heck (Baby Godzilla)
Beach Slang
Big Spring
Yung Lean
Hoodie Allen
Maverick Sabre
Metro Boomin
Little Simz
Bugzy Malone
Franko Fraize
Clara Amfo
Danny L Harle
Rag’n’Bone Man
Fred V & Grafix
Delta Heavy
The Japanese House
99 Souls
Lion Babe
Zac Samuel
Tkay Maidza
Low Steppa
James Organ