Reading & Leeds kick off an unrelenting weekend of fun today, with the southern leg of the festival set to highlight some brilliant bands.
Early sets from Calls Landing, Youth Man and Drenge look likely to set the tone for the day while God Damn‘s slot on the Lock Up (“It’s one of those festivals that I’ve always dreamed of playing”) is one not to be missed.
Panic! At The Disco return to their rightful place on the main stage fresh from finishing their fifth album (just don’t mention those bottles, eh? – Ed), while All Time Low have recently made the step up to arenas, so they’ll be bringing all those new tricks along for what promises to be a very lovely afternoon singalong.
Elsewhere there’s American Football, The Menzingers, Modern Life Is War, The Bronx, Don Broco and Limp Bizkit before New Found Glory‘s Lock Up headline set, where they promise to do “something fun to make Reading special”.
Meanwhile, up in Leeds there’s an equally awesome bill. Feed The Rhino open the main stage, before Lonely The Brave, Against Me! and The Gaslight Anthem. Meanwhile The Pit plays host to Black Foxxes, Single Mothers, Hawk Eyes, Moose Blood, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Beartooth, Bury Tomorrow, Frank Iero, Cancer Bats, While She Sleeps and Refused, amongst others.
Add to that Frank Turner on the Festival Republic Stage, where you can also see Mini Mansions and Manchester Orchestra, and the northern edition’s Friday looks pretty damn packed.
Keep ’em peeled to the site. We’re got scribblers and snappers in Reading to bring you all the latest from the event throughout the day, with interviews, photos, live reports and more. Then probably slightly less inhibited nonsense once we get to beer o’clock, but hey, it’s a festival. You can keep track of all our coverage in our special Reading & Leeds section here.