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By Alan Davies
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The Reading & Leeds Festivals 2014 stage line-ups for the day headlined by Blink-182 have been confirmed.
All The Small Things pop-punks Blink-182 will headline the Main Stage at Leeds on Friday, August 22 and Reading on Sunday, August 24.
Confirmed to join Blink-182 will be Papa Roach, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, The Horrors, The Kooks, Twin Shadow, Snakehips, Electric Youth, Gogol Bordello, Möngöl Hörde and Augustines.
Pop-punk heavyweights Blink-182 are back to headline Reading & Leeds 2014 alongside Grammy Award winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and many more.
Together for more than 20 years and one of the bands to bring nu-metal into the mainstream, Californian four-piece Papa Roach will be bringing their heavy, sleazy and melodic rock to the stage for a set that promises to encompass classic hits, through to songs from 2012’s The Connection and more.
The British rock scene is proving to be as healthy as ever and with bands like Young Guns carrying the torch it’s understandable.
Having opened the Main Stage in 2010, the band are back in the studio with legendary producer Dan The Automator for their Virgin EMI debut and follow-up to top 20 UK Chart album Bones.
Sydney’s Tonight Alive, fronted by the powerful vocals of lead singer Jenna McDougall, will make their first visit to the twin festivals.
Alongside them are Californian quintet The Story So Far, recently seen in the UK as the support for A Day To Remember’s huge Alexandra Palace show.
Be sure to catch their opening slot for slices of the passionate punk found on their album What You Don’t See.
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE
With a line-up already including breakthrough artists like Disclosure and The 1975, alongside fresh and upcoming artists Clean Bandit and Jungle, The Horrors make a welcome return to Reading & Leeds.
Formed in 2005, the quintet have evolved since their debut Strange House into creating the self-assured, strident shoegaze and psychedelia influenced post punk found on Top 40 albums Primary Colours and Skying.
With multi-platinum and gold albums, The Kooks have become firm festival favourites and will be heading to Reading & Leeds for an exclusive UK performance.
Twin Shadow is the nom de plume of Los Angeles based George Lewis Jr. He will be debuting a new live show on the NME/Radio 1 Stage this weekend.
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
Shadowy London-based production duo Snakehips join the ever-growing bill on the Dance Stage, bringing with them their mix of dance, electronica and fresh, futuristic soul as seen on remixes for Bondax, BANKS and The Weeknd.
Toronto electronic duo Electric Youth also join the line-up for a set of exuberant 80s influenced pop. Expect neon synths and throwbacks to Madonna and Debbie Gibson.
THE LOCK UP
The whacky and worldly style of Manhattan’s gypsy punks Gogol Bordello will headline the Lock Up.
Möngöl Hörde is the brainchild of none other than Reading & Leeds favourite Frank Turner who, alongside ex-Million Dead drummer Ben Dawson and current member of Turner’s backing band The Sleeping Souls Matt Nasir, creates blistering hardcore punk far removed from his usual folk driven storytelling.
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
Known for their life-affirming, cathartic live shows, New York’s Augustines return to headline the Festival Republic stage on this day.