10 Things You Won’t Want to Miss at Reading & Leeds

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It’s music lovers’ favorite time of year again – festival season. Grab your face paint and your bohemian skirts, because we’re going all out this year.

Among our favorite festie getaways is the classic Reading and Leeds Festival. With a star-studded lineup spread across six stages in three days, planning the best weekend of the summer can get a bit overwhelming. To add to the excitement, R&L offers a variety of other weekend festivities from ­­late night theaters to on-site fairs.

To ease the stress of cramming every Insta-worthy moment into one weekend, Verge has compiled our list of 10 things you won’t want to miss at Reading and Leeds.

  1. Mumford & Sons

If these guys’ fantastic on-stage energy isn’t enough to draw you in, have a listen to their brand new album. We had nothing against the banjos, but their new electric sound has been on a constant repeat. It’s sure to be wicked live.

  1. The Libertines

Arguably the darlings of Reading and Leeds, The Libertines made their R&L debut in 2002. After returning in 2003, 2004 and 2010 the British rock-pop group will be making their first appearance as headliners in 2015. It will definitely be a show you don’t want to miss.

  1. Catfish And The Bottlemen

This Welsh indie rock band released their first album in 2014, which debuted at number 10 on the U.K. charts. Fans of Arctic Monkeys or The Strokes will enjoy their punk spirit and banging tracks. Make sure to see these guys live before they blow up all around the globe.

  1. The Cinema

You might not think to go to the cinema at a music festival, but this night owl attraction is definitely worth a second glance. After you’re done raging with your mates you can relax and watch a film until 4 am. Sounds like a good night to us.

  1. Kendrick Lamar

Fresh off the release of his new album in March, Kendrick has been making music headlines lately. But this headliner is more than just a one-man act. He’s collaborated with Robin Thicke, Imagine Dragons and, most recently, Taylor Swift.

  1. The Funfair

Seriously, who doesn’t love a classic funfair?! Reading & Leeds challenge us to break our waltzer rotation record at it, and we’re never one to back down from a challenge.

  1. Porter Robinson

This EDM darling is a bit newer to the festival scene, but has developed a loyal following. Even if you’re not a huge electronic music fan, the guy’s upbeat tunes and catchy beats will put you in the perfect summer mood.

  1. Meeting New People

Maybe it sounds cheesy, but we’re ok with that. One of the best parts of festivals is the people you meet. Don’t be afraid to venture out from your friends (without getting lost) to meet some of the people who enjoy the same music as you.

  1. All Time Low

Even if you don’t still listen, do it for your middle school self. Don’t act like you don’t still get hyped from “Dear Maria, Count Me In.” Fast-forward to this decade, and their new album Future Hearts is just as catchy. Make sure to see the super-danceable tracks like “Runaways.”

  1. Dillon Francis

No festival is complete without a solid rave, and Dillon Francis is the man to bring it. Come prepared with glow sticks and a lot of energy. We promise we won’t judge you for whatever you do when the song “Get Low” comes on.

 

Find out more about the festivals, and where you can find tickets at http://www.readingandleedsfestival.com

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