They say it’s grim up norf, well, we challenge that view, because how can a place be grim if it’s offering up a behemoth of festivals in the form of Reading and Leeds festivals. 2 festivals, 2 locations, 1 weekend, alternated acts, and all done with supreme quality and covering every genre and and catering to every taste you can think of, and then some!
Established in 1989, and now known as one of the premier dates of the festival season, the ambitious twin festivals are offering an extraordinary number of acts for 2015, including 1Xtra supported newcomers making big waves, with the likes of Stromzy, Ratking (featured in Issue 14) and Krept and Konan; the winners of 2014’s MOBO “Best Hip Hop Act” and Guiness World Breaking artists!
Alongside the new waves of acts, 1Xtra’s stage offers some more established artists who will always pull in a crowd, including Azealia Banks, A$AP Ferg, Lethal Bizzle and Flatbush Zombies:
If that wasn’t enough of a mix of vibes, R & L throw in some SERIOUSLY heavyweight acts into the headline stages, including everyone’s favourite topic of conversation of controversial yet conscious hip-hop, Kendrick Lamar, performing on the main stage on Sunday (Reading) and Friday (Leeds):
And for all out nasty, grimey and “what did he just say!” vibes, you can catch Tyler, The Creator. If you fancy a little bit of old-skool Rock and hip-hop fusion, the madmen that are Limp Bizkit are set to run a throwback classics set that will get everyone going from 0 to bananas in 10 seconds! (remember this?!):
More diversity is in abundance here, with some amazing DJs and artists that promise to bridge a myriad of styles, including Glaswegian producer Hudson Mohawke (recently featured on Distantstarr’s Vibe LP). In addition, Rinse FM’s regular, Oneman is set to destory the ones and twos during the 3 day fest. Wiley and the Adenuga Brothers alongside their Boy Better Know family hit the Radio 1 dance stage on Friday (Leeds) and Sunday (Reading):
And……We wanted to save one of the best till last, in the form of rap super duo Run The Jewels! El-P and Killer Mike will be appearing on the NME stages on Saturday (Leeds) and Friday (Reading) and creating 2 of hip-hop’s most loved projects in recent years, managing to garner support from pretty much every area of music journalism.
So that’s that then! Great ain’t it! If you fancy heading along, the festivals take place from the Friday 28th August – Sunday 30th August 2015. The fesfivals take place in Bramham Park in Leeds, and Richfield Avenue in Reading. With tickets going quickly, and starting from £66.50 for a day ticket, they’re well worth a crack! Find out more info here, and check the full line-ups below –