With Summer quickly drawing to a close, there’s still time for another few parties and memories to be had. Whether you’re calming down from the stress of graduation or finishing your entries for the Student Radio Awards, supported by BBC Radio 1 & Global, we have the perfect remedy for that.
Reading & Leeds returns for another spectacular August bank holiday super show.
We asked some of our student radio music teams to compile their favourites ahead of the festival, and you can hear all of their picks in a playlist below.
Jack Allcock – CSRfm
Where do we begin? Countless awards, headlined festivals around the world including Glastonbury 3 times and Reading & Leeds twice alongside 5 number one albums – The Teignmouth 3 piece have constantly looked to develop their music and never stand still, and this viewpoint is most apparent in their live shows. They’re praised as one of the best live bands in the world, so at Reading & Leeds, expect lasers, fire and incredible visuals. The band are playing a by request gig at Shepherds Bush Empire on August 19th as a Reading warm up show, with frontman Matthew Bellamy confirming that some of the inevitable rarities from the by request show, will make it into the Reading & Leeds set!
Having just premiered their new single ‘Off the Floor’ as Annie Mac’s hottest record on Radio 1. They’re gearing up to release their new album ‘Melancholia Hymns’ on September 15th. The alternative rock three piece take influences from Biffy Clyro, Muse and more recently James Blake & FKA twigs. So as you can imagine they have a very unique sound, and oh boy is that sound big! They’re also absolutely massive live, so this is for me, is an essential set for the weekend.
The young female led British band formed in 2007 and they consist of two brothers and a sister, and two more brothers. The band released their debut album on 29 September 2014, and since then have played at Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Slam Dunk and 2000 Trees, as well as supported Muse. They have a new album ready, which is yet to have a release date sadly, but the rowdy five piece will be looking to tear up the NME stage at this year’s Reading & Leeds, and hopefully we will have some new material before then.
Noisia ‘Outer Edges’
This Dutch dance music trio have been smashing the production game ever since they formed in 2003, from remixing Deadmau5, Skrillex and even Robbie Williams, they have the mightiest repertoire of their own Drum & Bass, Dubstep and electro. They’re latest project ‘outer edges’ was released last year and has gone on to form the groups new live show, which has been getting rave reviews. I caught a DJ set at this year’s Glastonbury, and that was incredible. So I can only expect when the three of them get together for a live show, it’s going to be mind blowing.
This Liverpool indie four piece formed back in 2013 broke out in 2014 with the single, ‘Stuck In My Teeth’ when Zane Lowe played it as his hottest record on BBC Radio 1, followed by the release of their biggest track to date ‘T-Shirt Weather. Since then the band have moved onto a rockier sound on the second album ‘Different Creatures’ which was released early this year. Sure to be a festival moment when they hit the main stage this year at Reading & Leeds.
Stephanie Chungu – Spark Sunderland
If you don’t see this trio, you are missing out. Called rap’s The Beatles, the Georgia natives have had a stellar 2017 so far. Their Viral hit ‘Bad and Boujee’ took the airwaves by storm and as solo acts, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff will take to the Main Stage and show you the Culture.
After being discovered on Sound Cloud, Mura Masa’s sounds blend in with the trademark Japanese flutes. As his debut album delves into the alternative side of pop, Masa’s work will sure enough be electric from the start. And who knows, maybe some of his collaborators will pop out during the set…
USA Duo THEY have already got a underground following in the UK, following their Europe tour. Drew and Dante’s album “Nu: Religion: Hyena” pushes the boundaries for R&B, with grungy sounds mixed in with the traditional beat. Jones and Love are expected to get the crowd going on Friday.
“Skin” is one of the highlights in 2016’s electronic music. Flume’s second LP saw collaborations with Vince Staples, Tove Lo, Allan Kingdom and more and takes us further in Electronic music. The producer delves into experimental but complex productions that show why he deserves all those ARIA awards, even when he made it in his parent’s basement.
London’s very own Ray BLK has slowly to put her on the map. After being crowned #1 in BBC’s Sound of 2017 earlier this year, Ray has released ‘Durt; featuring the soulful hit “My Hood”. For fans of Emeli Sande and 90’s R&B, the “50/50” singer will surely bring the NME/ BBC Radio 1 stage to a standstill.
Thomas Hinckley – Shock Radio
The return of the mac. Big attitude but undeniable stage presence that has never wavered. Liam Gallagher is back and this time it seems like he has hit the nail on the head with finding himself and redefining himself in the world. No need for anyone else but him and his band, chances are they will rule Reading and Leeds this year.
Starting in Canterbury these guys have come a long way. Growing in popularity with each release this band is on the brink of becoming a household name within the next couple of years. Their latest release ‘Blush’ has been a hit with their fans and radio listeners, walking through Leeds or Reading and hearing this guys play will definitely perk your years up . Just be smart enough to take the time to go watch them.
Possibly one of the most individual sounding bands that the UK has. Think 1970’s rock but with a twist. Guaranteed to make you want to sing, and known for putting on amazing live performances it would be a shame to miss out on these guys.
I can guarantee you have heard nothing like Loyle Garner before. When I first heard Stars & Shards, I knew that this guy was going to be one of the next biggest British artists. With his latest release of his album ‘Yesterday’s Gone’ Loyle has a collection of amazing tracks that are bounded to get people rapping along.
In my opinion this guy goes under the radar far too much. We should be ranting and raving about this talent, he has just dropped tracks like ‘Times We Had’ and ‘Meant To Be’. He has remixed tracks from Flume, London Grammar, Disclosure and Jessie Ware. He is filling a gap in the music industry were there is no one like him. Please hear my words and get on this bandwagon and go check him out.