Zane Lowe has just announced a whole host of band in just sixty seconds here’s the run down.
Radio 1 / NME Stage (Reading Sun/ Leeds Fri)
- Best Coast
- Fucked Up
Radio 1 / NME Stage (Reading Sat / Leeds Sun)
- Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
- Funeral Party
Radio 1 / NME Stage (Reading Fri / Leeds Sat)
- Miles Kane
- Frankie and the Heartstrings
- Pulled Apart By Horses
Dance Stage (Reading Fri / Leeds Sat)
- UNKLE Sounds (Co-headliners)
- Simian Mobile Disco live (Co-headliners)
- Sub Focus (live)
- Nero (DJ set)
- SBTRKT (DJ set)
- Crystal Fighters
- Mount Kimbie
- Does It Offend You, Yeah?
- Cold Cave
Strictly Our Opinion:
Dance: Thanks Zane for reading those announcements out so fast that no one could possibly have heard them.
There’s a lot to digest. Nero and Sub Focus were predicted earlier and are no surprise. Fabric regulars Simian Mobile Disco play Reading (again), but does anyone still care? Especially in a headline slot?
Speaking of anyone still caring, UNKLE play Reading and Leeds after playing every other festival last year, so big whoop.
Art house Dance has been snubbed yet again; No Blake, No Hecker, No Jaar, no one interesting or overly credible, but let’s not be too miserable, there is a lot of fun to be had with this announcement, and no one can deny that Nero are one of the hottest around right now.
Sadly Nero and SBTRKT will be giving us DJ sets and not full performances, granted they haven’t made the full transition to being live bands yet, but it’s always disappointing to see acts DJ rather being an authentic live act.
NME/Radio One: This is a cracking announcement. For all you NME lovers out their Mona should have you buzzing, while Guardian and Pitchfork readers should be happy to see stoner favourites Yuck and Best Coast gracing the line up. Fuck Up! Never disappoint live and their announcement comes as a welcome surprise.
Elsewhere Frankie and The Heartstrings, Miles Kane and Dananananakroyd are safe bets and Reading regulars.
While Pulled Apart By Horses will add some much need muscle to the NME stage this summer, these announcements have rounded the line up off nicely.
Tom Vek: Another nice surprise from Lowe to make up for his terrible approach to announcing bands he’s unleashed Tom Vek’s new single. That sounded vibrant and urgent (not words often associated with Vek). This debut record was huge when I was at University and it’s glad to see him back.
Side note, seriously screw Zane Lowe, start with a Bob Dylan Greatest Hits? That’s the absolute worst place to start with Dylan, start with Bringing It All Back Home, half acoustic, half electric, half way through his development, perfect intro.