This year, both Reading & Leeds Festival offer an absolutely stacked out lineup which boasts a variety of genres of music across the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th-27th August). With Muse, Kasabian and Eminem as the big three headliners, we decided to give you a run down of some of the top alternative acts you do not want to miss across the weekend.
Blackpool boys Boston Manor broke out following their successful album Be Nothing in 2016 and have since proven themselves worthy newcomers of expressive pop-punk. Joining The Amity Affliction and Tigers Jaw on The Pit stage, you’re guaranteed an energetic set with good vibes and a band that put meaning into music.
Film star Jamie Campbell Bower’s punk rock band Counterfeit, formed in 2015, bring a combination of British punk-rock and American hardcore to Reading and Leeds Festival. Known to interact with the crowd and get creative with their staging, Counterfeit will be ideal for fans of underground hardcore like Defeater as well as mainstream British rock, such as Royal Blood.
Cardiff’s own grime-punkers Astroid Boys merge the worlds of rap and rock with their furious live sets. An ideal band for Reading and Leeds Festival, catering for the tastes of rock and grime fans alike, their set is sure to go off. If you want to rave and mosh in the space of half an hour or so, AB are a safe bet for an excellent show.
Straight from the US hardcore scene, Defeater will bring an edgier vibe to this year's R&L festival. Their intricate lyrics twinned with melodic licks and riffs are sure to bring in large crowds on The Pit stage. Defeater are a must see for fans of the likes of Capsize, Being As An Ocean and Counterparts.
Another great Cardiff-based band, Casey have shot through the rank of melodic hardcore, releasing an LP, playing Download, Impericon Festival and now Reading and Leeds, they are one of the UK's most up and coming bands. With a perfect blend of profound emotion and pit-worthy melodies, Casey are not a band to be missed.
Inciting skate-punk-paradise, the lads in Gnarwolves are always determines to let themselves go, both on stage and in the pit. The speedy thrashes and hardcore-punk inspired vocals make for a fast-paced and energetic set by a band who love the music they make and the fans that follow them.
Need a break from belters and mosh-pits? Tigers Jaw have got you covered. With a somewhat cult following, Tigers Jaw blend alternative indie with pop-punk culture and music. The US two-piece will provide the chill tunes and cool vibes you’re looking for. Disclaimer: lack of mosh-pits not guaranteed.you’re looking for.