WTF? // Reading & Leeds - Ones to Watch

Words by Patrick Hollis // @PaddyAstley

  • Sick of hearing about the headliners? Here's who else you need to check out!
  • Four unmissable bands performing at this years Reading and Leeds Festival
  • To even things up, we've picked our top two 'must-see' acts over the weekend for both Reading and for Leeds!
  • We've chosen one band from each of the main four stages, so be sure to grab a festival lanyard with that all important site map!

If you are off to Reading and Leeds festival over the August bank holiday then you are most likely planning on seeing one, if not all of the headliners across the weekend. However, if you feel like taking a wander around the vast arena, here are a few acts that will be worth checking out.

The Pale White - BBC Introducing Stage


The three piece blues-rock band, originally from Newcastle, are set for a huge second half to the year. They talked the talk of themselves, with front man Adam claiming he wants the band to be ‘a shock to the music industry and get them to turn their heads.’ It was a bold statement; however the band walk the walk just as much as they talk the talk. The singles which they have released are classy and fresh, the pick of the bunch being ‘Turn it around’ which kicks off with a rugged guitar intro. If you like what you hear at Reading, then you won’t have too long to wait for another chance to check the Pale White out, they go on tour with The Amazons later in the year.


Paris Youth Foundation - Festival Republic Stage


A very recent addition to the Indie/Alternative platform, the Liverpudlian five piece group are really making themselves known. Their tracks are dominated with thumping bass and expansive guitar riffs, placing them at the forefront of the new wave of British bands. They already have a Reading/Leeds performance under their belts; however this year’s performance is set to see them attract a greater number of fans and passersby. They have a gritty but fresh sound and their upbeat lyrics are similar to that of Two Door Cinema Clubs. Like so many bands that have just made the break through, they are rough around the edges and raw. However, they are set for an exciting period of time.


The Magic Gang - NME/Radio 1 Stage


The band formed in 2013 and released their first single, entitled ‘No Fun’, and went on their first UK tour two years later. A number of single releases followed throughout 2016 and this year has been an even better year for the Brighton-based four piece, it’s far from over yet. They toured with Circa Waves in the spring and after a bust festival summer they hit the road again with Sundara Karma in September. They are a band who, when you listen to them, can’t help enjoy. Songs ‘Jasmine’ and ‘How Can I Compete?’ are examples of tunes which have an upbeat sound and make a top inclusion to any feel good playlist.


Rat Boy - Main Stage


Arguably the most exciting Main stage debutant this year is Jordan Cardy, aka Rat Boy. He has often been compared to Jamie T and, after listening to his songs which tell of nights out and job loss, you’ll be able to see why. The 21 year-old from Chelmsford kicks off a superb first day of the festival and it’s exactly what he and his band deserve after an impressive debut album. He’s only been on the scene for four years; however he’s fast becoming a well renowned figure on the indie/hip hop scene. This may sound like an unusual combination (it probably is) but it’s perhaps the best way to describe his sound. As well as the funky music, the lyrics are pretty personal and relevant. ‘Slurred signing wrong lyrics on the dance floor?’ in the record ‘SIGN ON’ is surely something most of us have experienced.