Forever championing up and coming talent, the BBC Introducing Stage is back again this year offering one of the biggest platforms for new music in the UK, having last year offered up sets from the likes of Clean Cut Kid, Georgia and Viola Beach. The BBC Introducing Stage has also hosted Reading and Leeds debut slots from Jake Bugg, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Jack Garratt, making it a must see for anyone wishing to catch future stars’ formative moments.
Headlining the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds will be the hotly tipped Coquin Migale with explosive sounds from their new album Munro released next week. Joining them is 19-year old singer songwriter from Yorkshire Beau, the heavy melodic swoons of Muncie Girls and the lo-fi aesthetic sounds of Paris Youth Foundation. AIRWAYS, a recently formed indie-rock group will be performing alongside indie-pop Happy Accidents, pop-fuzz buzz-band EAT FAST, explosive four piece The Wholls, the increasingly popular Strong Asian Mothers and Boltonian singer songwriter Jordan Allen.
Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds will see the stage headlined by the Britpop infused licks of Fronteers. Also appearing is blues-influenced Ten Tonnes, psychedelic five piece The Shimmer Band, Brighton favourites High Tyde, the spell-binding young piano master Cameron A G and indie-folk group The Tin Pigeons. The adrenalin pumped garage punk Avalanche Party, dreamy-pop Tiny Giant, electronic-indie inspired HAUS and anthemic indie-rockers We Were Giants will join them for first time appearances at Reading and Leeds.
Closing the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading on the Sunday and headlining the Friday at Leeds will be the up and coming SuperGlu. Appearing alongside them will be the West-African rhythms of nine-piece K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade, West-Midlands singer-songwriter Lawrence Taylor, ‘math-pop-whiz-kids’ Tusk, poetic grime artist Sonny Green and gritpop Nottingham based Mowbeck. Mouses are renowned for their raw and energetic live performances and will take to the BBC Introducing Stage as well as the melodic Arctic Lake, psychedelic indie band CaStleS and power-packed seven-piece rock n’ rollers Hardwicke Circus.
The stage will also play host to Centre Stage Competition winners Faux Pas and Futuresound Competition runners up DUSK, The Indigo Project, VEXXES, NIGHT OWLS and Adore//repel.
Leeds Festival will kick start in style on Thursday 25th as legendary independent Leeds-based label Dance To The Radio return to host the BBC Introducing Stage and start the weekend’s festivities with a phenomenal programme. The psychedelic grunge swamp sounds of The Wytches and fiery Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes top a bill that will also see performances by FREAK, Blackwaters and Forever Cult.
Once again, a number of surprise sets will take place on the stage at Reading, with previous years seeing the likes of You Me At Six, Wolf Alice and alt-J deliver truly unique festival highlights.
Reading and Leeds 2016 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments, with 5 headliners over 3 days - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy. They head up an unmissable Bank Holiday weekend which also includes performances by Jack Ü, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Boy Better Know, Chvrches, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Good Charlotte, Asking Alexandria, Fetty Wap and over 200 more.
We will be reporting direct from the festival, if you see us around come and chat, we will be taking pictures for our Leeds Festival 2016 big review.