Reading & Leeds: Ten Bands You CAN'T Miss This Weekend

It's only a matter of days before we need to start packing for Reading and Leeds Festivals, and boy are we excited. The atmosphere, the parties, the dancing, the new friends to be made... everything about the festival atmosphere gets us extremely hyped up! But most importantly of all, the thing we're all really, really delirious about: the bands. Just who shall we catch? We've managed to narrow it down to ten absolutely essential bands that you have to see this weekend... It was an incredibly difficult process though - there's just so much diverse talent on offer at the festivals this year!

#10 - Palm Reader

The Woking quintet have been taking the UK by storm of late, with European tours under their belts with the likes of Heart in Hand and Demoraliser, dates announced with Bleed From Within for later this year, as well as an outstanding performance at this year's Download Festival. Their blend of lairy post-hardcore brings something unique to the UK scene, and there's no doubt that they'll be winning over countless fans at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
Check out: 'Spineless', 'Seeing and Believing Are Two Different Things'

#9 - Sick of it All

NYHC giants Sick of it All descent on the Lock Up stage this year to create nothing short of absolute carnage. The last time the band were in the city of Leeds, people were getting stretchered out of Joseph's Well, such was the destruction caused by the band known as the epitome of hardcore itself. A rare, true hardcore gem in the Reading and Leeds line-ups, Sick of it All should not be missed by any member of the crowd there for the harder material.
Check out: 'Step Down', 'Take The Night Off'

#8 - Crossfaith

If you've not checked out the Japanese warriors Crossfaith yet - the festivals this weekend are your perfect excuse to do so. They descend onto the Rock stage, and my word we can already taste the surprises they're plotting for us. Crossfaith's live shows are never anything short of spectacular, and as this will be our first time catching them at a big UK festival, we can't be the only ones ensuring that we get there early for their set.
Check out: 'Omen', 'Monolith'

#7 - The 1975

You'll all have heard their smash hit 'Chocolate', but The 1975 are far from just one hit wonders. When they hit the Festival Republic stage we anticipate the crowd to be absolutely swarming (mostly due to the aforementioned hit single), but make sure you check them out early to see the other material they're capable of producing.
Check out: 'Sex', 'The City'

#6 - We Are Fiction

Announced for the BBC Introducing Stage, We Are Fiction bring a brand new blend of pop-rock from Peterborough to Reading and Leeds. The lads have been going from strength to strength over the past twelve months, and this latest announcement is sure to win over the punters, easily.
Check out: 'The Worst of It', 'Sail On'

#5 - While She Sleeps

Main stage. Those two words are all any While She Sleeps fan needs to hear to be convinced to go and check them out. A defining moment in a metal bands career would be to play the main stage at a relatively 'mainstream' festival and WSS have achieved just that. Go and check out how their material translates from the more intimate venues they're used to, to a stage in front of thousands and thousands of people. We can't wait.
Check out: 'Crows', 'Our Courage, Our Cancer'

#4 - Bring Me The Horizon

With their latest album Sempiternal receiving fantastic praise from fans and critics alike, Bring Me The Horizon will be seeking to check off another on their list of things 'to do' when they draw an incredibly impressive crowd for a mid-day main stage band at this year's Reading and Leeds. Keep an eye out for Oli Sykes filling the stage with every inch of himself that he can - he's going to be full of eager anticipation, and it'll be interesting to see whether the band delve deeper into their back catalogue or not.
Check out: 'Can You Feel My Heart?' 'Pray For Plagues'

#3 - System of a Down

System of a Down most recently smashed the UK festival crowds with their 2011 appearance at Download Festival. This year they're catering to a more mainstream crowd, but don't let that fool you: the band absolutely will not tone it down for Reading and Leeds. Get ready for an explosive support slot from one of the finest metal bands in history.
Check out: 'Chop Suey', 'Prison Song'

#2 - Deftones

Deftones recently suffered the crushing loss of their friend and bassist Chi Cheng, and this appearance will mark the first time they've returned to the festival circuit in the UK since 2009 when they tore apart Reading and Leeds, and this weekend will be no different. One of the finest bands around to date, it will be carnage when they descend.
Check out: 'My Own Summer', 'Diamond Eyes'

#1 - Biffy Clyro

There have been the doubters - the people that claim Biffy Clyro shouldn't be headlining at Reading and Leeds, but we are not amongst that population, and here's why: the band have been creating music since 1995. That's more than a fair few recent R&L headliners (think Arcade Fire formed 2001, as did My Chemical Romance, and Arctic Monkeys formed 2002). The band have got a whopping ten releases (albums, EPs and DVDs) and out of that is a huge twenty-eight singles. Further to that, in January of this year they got their first UK number one album in the form of Opposites, so what better time for them to headline the festivals? Their set in the late afternoon of 2010 was one of the best of the weekend, so a headline slot will simply blow your mind.
Check out: '57', 'Justboy', 'Mountains'