Reading And Leeds First Announcement

This morning the first announcement of yet another festival was revealed, this time it was for Reading and Leeds. After the festivals stand out line up of this year it is sure a tough act to follow and with some much anticipation and some unfortunately lack lustre reveals already there were worries and high hopes for Reading and Leeds’ first announcement.

However in similar fashion this first announcement delivers with not only a wide array of genres but also a solid first reveal of some of the bands who will grace the attendees of this coming years festival. With Muse as the first headliner alongside the likes of Architects and Danny Brown, Reading and Leeds looks to be shaping up nicely. Check out the announcement below.


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

Citizen announce warm up shows

After being announced for the Pit Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival, Citizen have announced a small run of warm up shows.

The mini-tour will have support from Big Jesus who have an album due out 30th September, and will take place across the south of the UK.

The dates are:

Monday 22nd August – Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff
Tuesday 23rd August – Joiners, Southampton
Wednesday 24th August – Sticky Mikes Frog Bar, Brighton
Thursday 25th August The Lexington, London


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Giraffe Tongue Orchestra Announce Debut Album

With 2 Grammy awards and loads of Kerrang!, VH1 and Golden God awards between them, the members of supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra have announced their collective debut with Broken Lines, which will be released in September on Party Smasher Inc/Cooking Vinyl.

The group consists of William DuVall of Alice In Chains, Ben Weinman of The Dillinger Escape Plan, Brent Hinds of Mastodon, Pete Griffin of Dethklok and Thomas Pridgen of The Mars Volta.

Brent said “During the time Mastodon was there for Soundwave, I was at the zoo in Sydney, Australia and was checking out the giraffes.  They are amazing animals – one just grabbed a bunch of bananas from my hand with its tongue and peeled them with it as well – by the time the bananas got to its mouth, they were ready to be eaten.  I saw Ben, who was at Soundwave too, and said ‘Man I think I found the name for our band,’ and told him the story.”  Ben added “That giraffe made it happen… like us, he figured it out”

Preorder the record which will be released on 23rd September at PledgeMusic, Amazon or iTunes

The band will make their live debut in Reading & Leeds festival alongside parent bands Dillinger Escape Plan and Mastodon, so check them out!


Good Charlotte Announce Dates & Release Video

Good Charlotte have added extra dates to their UK visit in August and have released another track from their upcoming album.

The track is the fourth released from Youth Authority which will be released July 15th on their very own MDDN Records, and is titled Life Can’t Get Much Better. The video documents some of the moments they’ve shared with their fans throughout their 2-decade career across the world, as well as displaying the lyrics from the track.

Watch it below:


The added dates to their UK visit later in the year come as a mini-tour around their Reading & Leeds appearances, so see all the UK dates below:

24th August – Glasgow, O2 Academy
25th August – Manchester, O2 Ritz
26th August – Leeds Festival
27th August – Birmingham, O2 Institute
28th August – Reading Festival

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