Who to watch at Reading Festival 2014?

At a festival there’s always a huge line-up and trying to decide who to watch can be difficult. I’ve come up with some suggestions of who’s not to be missed. The festival is sold out and there’s only a week to go so it’s time to get planning your lineup.

Main Stage

The main stage has some amazing acts this year and the 2014 headliners are pretty impressive. There’s even an extra headliner on Friday night when Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age co-headline, Arctic Monkeys will rock the stage on Saturday and Blink-182 will take you back to your youth on Sunday.

Arctic Monkeys are sure to play a number of hits from their most recent and number 1 album ”AM’ but hopefully they’ll play some of their classics too.

Blink-182 is sure to be pop-punk fun, a chance for sing-a-long and will take you back to your childhood.

On Friday, Blood Red Shoes are definitely worth watching after they played a great set at the festival in 2012. Vampire Weekend are bound to put on a fantastic show as they return to the festival for the first time since 2009.

Foster the People and  The Hives both play the main stage on Saturday after putting on a hell of a show on the NME/BBC Radio 1 stage in 2012. The atmosphere in the tent was electric and the crowd was wild. You can check out Foster the People’s closing their set with ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ below.

Jake Bugg is set to play before Arctic Monkeys on Saturday night. Even though he may not be bursting with personality, Bugg does make great music which he performs amazingly live.

On Sunday Papa Roach will blast their rock hits and ‘Last Resort’ is certain to make the crowd go wild. You Me At Six also take to the stage for some lighter rock and they always put on a tremendous show.

The main stage features many huge acts throughout the weekend and you could easily stay at the stage all weekend but make sure you explore some of the smaller stages at the festival.

NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage

On Friday, My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way will make his global debut as a solo act so that may be one to check out if you’re a MCR fan. There’s not many clues of what to expect from his performance but he’s always been one to give 100% on stage. You can check out his new solo single below.

Saturday night will see Bombay Bicycle Club take to the tent and they will light up the tent with their feel-good vibe.

The 1975 and The Horrors play the stage on Sunday night and they should bring an awesome indie-vibe to the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Other Stages

The Festival Republic stage has some great acts on Friday with Palma Violets headlining the stage. If you’re a fan of indie-rock then they are not to be missed.

Jimmy Eat World are playing an additional set on the Lock Up Stage on Friday night (as well as playing the main stage) so you have two opportunities to catch them and sing along to ‘The Middle’.

Folk-pop band, Hudson Taylor, also play the Festival Republic stage on Friday. The Irish duo resemble the likes of Mumford and Sons and have supported Jake Bugg. Have a listen to ‘Care’ below because they’re certain to put on a great show.

If you’re looking for something heavier, then The Pit on Saturday is the stage for you. Catch Of Mice & Men headline and cause some mosh pits.

On Sunday, American rock band, Mayday Parade play the Festival Republic stage where they’ll play their number of hits.

The Alternative Stage has some great comedians over the weekend, such as Milton Jones on Friday, Katherine Ryan on Saturday and Seann Walsh on Sunday. If you need a break from the music, go get some laughs at the Alternative Stage.

Surprise Act?

There is reportedly going to be a surprise performance at this year’s Reading festival from an “arena sized band”, according to NME.

In 2012, Green Day performed a surprise set on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage and it was amazing. If there is a secret set by an act this year then it’s sure to not be missed.

Listen out for any rumours when you’re at the festival because there’s bound to be some clues. You’re not going to want to miss out on the surprise!

If you don’t have a ticket, don’t worry because you can catch all the best action on BBC Three and Radio 1. If you are going, I hope you have the best time ever! Keep your eyes peeled for our review the week following the festival.

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You Me At Six land their First Number 1 UK Album

British Rock Band, You Me At Six, storm to the top of the UK Album Chart with their fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’. A week after it’s release, I’m reviewing the album to see if it deserves it’s top spot.

You Me At Six‘s music has progressed to another level and has grown leaps and bounds since their first album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’. Lead singer, Josh Franceschi’s voice has never been stronger and fits the sound of the album perfectly.

The rock band has produced a variety of different songs throughout the album. There are tracks which will have you jumping around your bedroom (Carpe Diem), numbers to relax you (Cold Night) and songs which will make you think (Be Who You Are).

The band released ‘Lived a Lie’ and ‘Fresh Start Fever’ ahead of the release which received great reception. The rest of the album’s track-list does not disappoint and lives up to the high standards.

Lyrically, the band have once again used incredible references within their songs. The track ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ refers to the popular ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy; “I’m in a different district, Hunger games.” ‘Hope For The Best’ sees the band possibly referencing lyrics from a previous song of theirs, ‘If I Were in Your Shoes’.

‘Cavalier Youth’ is a remarkable listen and the new album is bound to gain them even more fans as their music flourishes.

You Me At Six set off on tour at the end of the March and visit five countries around the UK.

‘Cavalier Youth’ is out now in stores and available to download on iTunes.

Weekly Watch: Arctic Monkeys on Later… with Jools Holland

The Weekly Watch this week features indie-rock band Arctic Monkeys performing on Jools Holland‘s iconic music programme. The video shown above shows the rockers playing ‘Snap Out Of It’ from their recent album ‘AM’. They also went on to perform their hit ‘R U Mine?’.

The performance shows their years of experience, genuine talent for music and of course their moody but attractive expressions. This video is a perfect watch for any Arctic Monkeys or indie-rock fans.

Arctic Monkeys this week won the Best Song at the Q Awards for ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and are now embarking on a UK arena tour.

You can watch the whole programme of ‘Later… with Jools Holland‘ tomorrow (Friday 25th October) at 23:05 on BBC Two. It will soon be available on BBC iPlayer here after it has been aired on BBC Two.

Keep your eyes peeled for a review from the Arctic Monkeys live at Cardiff Motorpoint Arena next week on Intuitive Mind Reviews.