Only one week remains before our very own Reading Festival kicks off in all its musical glory, and here at The Spark, we’re more excited than ever. With 8 music stages across the weekend, as well as many non-musical guests and film screenings, this year’s festival offers more variety than it has ever seen before. BBC will be bringing their usual offering of a variety of smaller stages, including the renowned BBC Introducing Stage, which is set to showcase some incredible talent in the form of some up and coming newbies to the industry, as well as the Radio 1 Dance Stage, which will see our very own Summer Ball stars Wilkinson and Blonde take to the stage.
What to see kicking off on Friday
Over to the main attraction, the main stage line up this year finds the weekend significantly more divided by genre than previous years. The kick-off on Friday will see the pop sub genres take to the stage, with Pop-Rock royalty Panic! At the Disco and All Time Low both returning to the festival and providing some must-see performances. For Panic! frontman Brendon Urie, Reading will be his first festival performance since becoming the lone remaining original band member in April of this year. Famous for his unique and impressive vocal range, and fresh off the success of Panic!’s latest single, “Hallelujah”, Friday afternoon’s performance is definitely not one to miss.
After the late 2000s scene kid inside you is satisfied, next to the stage come the ever-popular Indie Rock acts, kicking off with Bastille in the early evening. Bastille has been on fire here in the UK ever since their smash hit “Pompeii” broke records, staying in the UK top 40 for 28 weeks. Their incredible debut album “Bad Blood” is a must-listen for all Rock fans, and their performance on Friday will undoubtedly bring the entire arena to their feet.
Of course, the biggest name of the night is none other than Brit hit Mumford and Sons, who have achieved a massive amount of global success in the last few years, with the release of their albums Babel in 2012, and Wilder Mind earlier this year both scoring them number one albums in both the UK and the US. Their set will be filled with numerous instruments and sing-along hits, providing a stunning closing performance for festival goers as the thousands turn out to watch their famous live act.
Big names on Saturday
On Saturday, the main stage lineup takes a distinctly heavier turn. The must-see performance comes from American post-hardcore band Alexisonfire who after breaking up in 2011, have reunited especially for the 2015 festival scene. All of the original members join the lineup, and their set is sure to be mind blowing, designed exclusively for a festival spectacular.
The main event and arguably the biggest name at the entire festival will come on Saturday night from none other than global stars Metallica. With their latest album, Death Magnetic charting at number 1 in over 30 countries, their sets are famous for being nothing short of astounding, and next weekend’s performance will be one of their most extravagant yet. Metallica’s first performance at Reading was 18 years ago to date, and this year will mark their 4th appearance at the festival.
Hype on Sunday
The main stage will see a slightly more mixed bag of acts, ranging from Rap through to Indie and Punk acts. After reuniting for the festival in 2010, The Libertines will return once again to headline and close the festival. Their set will showcase brand new material for the first time in a decade, with front man Pete Doherty providing a signature rockstar performance as always.
Prior to the headliner of course comes a string of other incredible acts, featuring double Grammy award-winner Kendrick Lamar, whose recent smash hit “I” is sure to be filling our ears in every club in town for the foreseeable future, and comeback king Jamie T, whose latest album has awarded him nothing but success since its release in 2014.
Including all of the acts mentioned, Reading will see incredible acts perform in the 3 short days, walking hand in hand with Leeds festival.
You can see the full lineup here: http://www.readingfestival.com/line-up, and find out how you can still get tickets from resellers for this sold-out spectacular.