New Found Glory

New Found Glory

Tomorrow sees Reading and Leeds Festivals kicking off, and we'll be there to catch the action.

We'll be chatting to the likes of letlive., The Blackout, The Joy Formidable, Deftones and more, but who do we think punters should be checking out?

10. OFF!

A hardcore punk band featuring a founding member of the legendary Black Flag, OFF! are sure to put on a thrilling show on the Lock Up Stage.

Keith Morris has fronted some huge names in punk, so luck for that same excitement and attitude when the quartet take to the stage.

A perfect fit for the Lock Up tent, we'll be chatting to OFF! over the weekend to see how it went.

9. The Petebox

A human beatboxer, The Petebox put on a stunning show when he last performed at Leeds Festival.

Turning the Alternative Stage from a chilled out space to a rave is no easy feat, especially when you just have your vocal chords and a loop pedal at your disposal.

Performing a range of tunes including hymns and club hits, The Petebox will provide a nice change of pace with a show unlike anything else at the festival.

8. Frank Turner

The folk/punk singer-songwriter is a Female First favourite, and he'll be taking to the Main Stage this year.

After well-received sets last year on the NME Stage, the transition to the open field shouldn't be a problem for the live veteran.

He'll have to pick his set carefully, but this is a perfect chance for people to see what the hype is all about.

7. Courage Have Courage

An exciting new rock band, Courage Have Courage only formed earlier this year.

Although they've only had one self-titled EP thus far, big things are expected from the band.

We'll be talking to them at Leeds Festival, and you'll want to get down to the BBC Introducing Stage to catch them before the bandwagon really starts rolling.

6. Noah & The Whale

Chilled out with catchy tunes, Noah & The Whale are a perfect festival band.

Their indie influences make them a great fit for the NME Stage, and big hit '5 Years Time' will be one of the top singalong moments of the weekend.

5. Seasick Steve

Another artist to make the jump from NME to Main Stage, Seasick Steve is no stranger to big festival crowds.

Much more than a novelty act, his tracks resonate well with a festival audience and he'll provide a nice change of pace on the main stage.

4. Save Your Breath

Fans of pop-punk should check out Save Your Breath.

We loved their debut album Vices, and South Wales has a great track-record for rock bands, with bands like Kids In Glass Houses, Attack! Attack! and Funeral For A Friend calling the valleys home.

Save Your Breath are on the verge of something big, and we're already tipping them for a Lock Up Stage slot next summer.

3. Madness

Much more than a nostalgia act, Madness will go some way in making up for the lack of ska on the Lock Up Stage this year.

Despite being oddly placed before emo/alt-rock band Jimmy Eat World on the Main Stage, Madness have enough tunes to get a great reaction from the crowds on both sites.

Plus, mass singalongs and skanking to 'Baggy Trousers' and 'Our House' are the kind of experiences that make festivals so much fun!

2. The King Blues

After seeing them at Hub Festival and Download earlier this year, we still can't wait to see The King Blues once again.

Providing an exciting, energetic show, the band are the perfect Lock Up Stage act.

They make their return after gracing the Main Stage last summer, and will get the benefits of a later slot and more time.

Fans of punk, ska, reggae and political music with a real message (plus an amazing live band) need to check out The King Blues, one of the UK's most exciting live acts.

1. New Found Glory

Making their return to Reading and Leeds are pop-punk pioneers New Found Glory.

Although their early-afternoon set won't be the longest, it'll be more than enough to cram in their hits and leave the punters happy.

Currently on tour in the UK, New Found Glory will be more than ready to put on one of the catchiest, most upbeat sets of the weekend.

Female First - Alistair McGeorge


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