Feature: Reading & Leeds festival 2010

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Now in its eleventh year Reading & Leeds is only second to the mighty Glastonbury come festival season. The three day event held over August bank holiday weekend attracts a huge variety of bands & artists. From emerging talent such as Frankie & The Heartstrings, The Drums & Yeasayer to industry stalwarts like Modest Mouse, Weezer & Guns & Roses.

Here is few of our recommendations of 'must sees' throughout the three days....

Crystal Castles
Crystal Castles performance should make for interesting viewing on NME stage. Alice Glass is known for her extreme live antics. This one could get heavy.

Arcade Fire
What more is there to say? The last couple of months have been all about Arcade Fire. With the timely singles ''We Used To Wait" & "Month Of May" wetting everyones appetite, followed by the 'The Suburbs' release only two weeks ago. This one should be memorable.

The Libertines
Are Pete & Co back purely for the money? To be honest we dont really care. All we're hoping for is that the guys stay sober enough to play a decent show. And what a show it promises to be.

Blink 182
The punk rockers are back, Travis Barker & all. Eleven years after 'Enema Of The State' propelled them into the mainstream they now find themselves headlining the main stage. Expect this to be the first of many as a new album is in the works too.

Caribou's emergence earlier this year with 'Odessa' was a breath of fresh air. And with the follow up 'Sun' he has proved that it was no one hit fluke.

Wild Beasts
Any band will tell you that its pretty hard to emulate a record when playing live. Its something unique then to make it sound even better. Wild Beasts talent is there for all to see. They have been touring hard all year so they should be ready for a 5* performance.

The San Francisco outfit initially caught our attention with the (still) brilliant 'Lust For Life'. Add that with the painstakingly beautiful "Hellhole Ratrace" to make up another 'must see' on your list.

Queens Of The Stone Age
The success of Them Crooked Vultures has only enhanced QOTSA's reputation. Just dont heckle them or Josh Homme may kick the shit out of you. Be ready for some mosh action.

LCD Soundsystem
This one is set to tear the roof off. As headliners on the NME / Radio 1 stage this should be quite simply be awesome. And given your not an avid Guns & Roses fan, then this is where you need to be come late evening.


This years weather could prove somewhat indifferent, so remember them wellies just in case. Dont let that dampen your spirits too much though as the line up is first class and has all the makings of a very memorable event. Do enjoy....