Reading and Leeds festivals are situated in rather contrasting venues, yet each offer an equally brilliant escape from reality, playing host to one of the most fantastically varied lineups and producing a really vibrant party to round off August. Whilst both provide fantastic entertainment through a musical offering there will also be the chance of added enjoyment courtesy of various comedy connoisseurs.
The Berkshire event might be a stone’s throw from the town centre but enter Little John’s Farm, which sits next to the River Thames, and the sea of green offers complete serenity. Those who attend the event in Yorkshire’s Bramham Park are fully immersed in the beautiful countryside which helps enrich the already surreal landscape present at a festival.
Some of the artists ensuring festival-goers are in party spirits all weekend long include Kasabian, Eminem, Fatboy Slim, Andy C and Liam Gallagher alongside many others; across the two sites the different stages promise impressive representations for a whole multitude of genres. The Main Stage proposes a rich reminder of the rock-based beginnings, including Muse, Jimmy Eat World and Vant whilst lovers of house, techno and everything in between will revel in the curation of artists over at the Relentless Stage.
Ones to watch: Kasabian
A headline act which presenting several attractions, English rock band Kasabian are celebrating their 20th anniversary. During that time the group have always strived to create hard-hitting songs coupled with excellently authentic lyrics and have rightfully emerged as one the biggest British bands in modern times.
This headline act, equating to a brilliant representation of rock music, is one you must plan to catch whilst at either festival.
Ones to watch: Flume
If ever there was a man who could effortlessly produce music which transcends multiple genres whilst still offering a seemingly flawless finished article, it is Flume. Although he is widely credited as one of the first acts to champion future bass, his music provides a journey sampling a numbering of influences, from the more sudden electronica to experimental, which consists of a more delicate arrangement. When on a stage the way he likes to incorporate live samples, alongside the mesmerizing visuals combines to create an end result more than the sum of its parts, meaning it would be crazy to miss him.
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