10 Refreshing Acts To See At Reading and Leeds

It's that time of the year again, Reading and Leeds time, and boy hasn't it come round quick? Whilst the inevitable names of Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will be the names on most people's lips, it's the other acts which contribute just as much to one of Britain's most loved festivals.

Here's 10 acts you may not have seen yet, or even heard of, who will bring something new to the Reading and Leeds party...

NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage

Royal Blood (Saturday at Reading)
They're probably the hottest band around right now. With a debut album just around the corner, expect a huge crowd and some breath-taking bass playing from this duo. See them inside Reading's most famous tent quick before they start to sell out arenas.

Don Broco (Saturday at Reading)
Last year, Don Broco brought to life the main stage at Reading, with mosh pits and flinging rubber dinghies galore. Their upbeat pop-punk music is unmissable, as are their energetic live shows.

The Kooks  (Sunday at Reading)
Remember them? They're hardly a new talent, but they're sure to bring something extra special to Reading and Leeds this weekend after their surprise set at Glastonbury earlier this summer. Expect some classics and some new material too.

Jungle (Sunday at Reading)
Another duo in the limelight recently, and rightly so. Be prepared for the NME/Radio 1 stage to take off with these two on Tuesday afternoon. Debut, self-titled album 'Jungle' could gather one of the biggest crowds of the weekend, ready for some soulful dance music.

BBC Radio 1 Dance

Flume (Sunday at Reading)
If you like your dance, check this man out. He's headlining the Radio 1 Dance stage on Sunday night and rightly so. Expect a sweaty crowd and remixes which will churn your stomach with bass.

Festival Republic

Bipolar Sunshine (Friday at Reading)
Bipolar Sunshine has been a radio hit recently and hopefully he can bring his summery indie tunes to the fields of Reading and Leeds. He's second down from Palma Violets on the Friday afternoon!

Southern (Friday at Reading)
Southern are the bluesy-folk brother and sister duo of Thom and Lucy Southern. Not only are their live shows a jovial experience but they're also so humble in what they do. They've got an early slot on Friday so there's no excuses not to check them out.

Circa Waves (Saturday at Reading)
For fans of most indie bands ever, the Liverpudlian band have been bringing upbeat, indie-pop tunes to festival stages all summer. Expect a bouncy crowd, singing back lyrics with an atmosphere similar to the days of The Pigeon Detectives and The Wombats.

Saint Raymond (Sunday at Reading)
Saint Raymond can be found in a similar bracket to the recently broken through George Ezra. Whilst Ezra is deep and brooding, Saint Raymond is a light-hearted hit with the ladies and his poppy tunes have been surfing the charts.

BBC Introducing Stage

All We Are (Saturday at Reading)
All We Are are the act to go and see on the BBC Introducing Stage this year. Their music can be compared to the likes of Metronomy and their track, 'Feel Safe', is one of the most under-rated tracks of the year so far!

By Joshua Shreeve (@JJShreeve)