Reading and Leeds Festival Is Back.....Ignore The Critics, This Will Be Special Featured

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After winning NME’s 'Festival of the Year' award last year, there’s a certain pressure for Leeds and Reading 2013 to live up to previous success - no doubt about it. With some critics ostracising this year’s festival due to complaints that the line up is littered with ‘recycled bands’, coupled with an inability to sell out tickets and concerns about the strength of this year's line up, the future of the festival has been called into question.


Criticisms such as these seem unfounded with regards to this years headliners, however, with Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem booked in to wow the main stage this year. Fans are bursting with excitement at the prospect of clambering on a pair of what will need to be strong shoulders, in order to catch even the tiniest glimpse of iconic rapper Eminem, who last appeared on the main stage in 2001 and whose live appearances have dwindled somewhat ever since. Those who were disappointed at Leeds last year when the spontaneous Green Day set at Reading failed to manifest up north, won’t have to partake in similar throws of disappointment this year. The festival's favourite punk rockers will dictate the main stage in Leeds on the Saturday and Reading on the Friday; playing their new album Uno…Dos… Tré! and rousing the crowd with well-loved favourites.


Acclaimed for the diversity of its less prolific acts, 2013 will see a plethora of artists across the musical spectrum. From Jake Bugg, who is expected to more than impress after rave reviews last year as an emerging artist, to Skrillex on the NME stage and the folksy sound of the increasingly popular Lumineers. Nine Inch Nails return to satiate the festival’s traditionally heavier vibe and Indie pop princess Kate Nash will be spotted gracing the Festival Republic Stage.


Non-musical acts to watch out for can be found with favoured comedians such as Russell Kane and Sean Walsh, often seen on stage on well-known TV show Live At The Apollo, along with lesser known sketch artists and 2010 Chortle Award winners, Idiots Of Ants. If you don’t feel the need to have passed out before your friends drunkenly scribble all over you, then the mysterious Rebel Bingo will definitely tickle your fancy. Felt tip fuelled fun is coupled with sexually suggestive bingo terms, culminating in wicked prizes and a game of bingo that your nan should probably avoid – do not miss.


Regardless of the line up, the weather, or any other interchangeable festival factors, Leeds and Reading 2013, as always, is set to both entertain and induce many an end-of-weekend drunken stupor. In essence, it cannot avoid being one to remember. Half a week spent in a tent with friends, cheap beer and that irreplaceable festival atmosphere; Leeds and Reading promises to be another unforgettable weekend.


To see the line-up for this corker of a festival click HERE

Chloe Gittins

Hi! Typical student here. Loves sleepy days and long nights, being with friends and a cheeky pint of wine. Currently in my second year at Leeds studying History.

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