Special Events

Reading & Leeds 2014

The annual festival, taking place simultaneously over the August Bank Holiday weekend features an impressive selection of ITB’s artists, including Main Stage headliners Blink 182 and NME/BBC R1 Stage headliners Courteeners. Download our artist's performance date and stage for Reading and Leeds Festival here

Friday August 22nd

Reading Festival

Leeds Festival

Saturday August 23rd

Reading Festival

Leeds Festival

Sunday August 24th

Reading Festival

Leeds Festival


Blood Red Shoes

When a band releases a self-titled album, it usually means one of two things: they feel like they’ve made their defining statement, or they ran out of ideas for album titles. For Blood Red Shoes, it’s happily the former. “I feel like this is the strongest thing we’ve ever done,” says Steven Ansell, drummer. “It’s the most honest fucking record we’ve ever made. It’s us completely naked.”

Shows

  • Friday 22/08/2014  14:00 Reading Festival Main Stage
  • Saturday 23/08/2014  13:45 Leeds Festival Main Stage
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Blink-182

Since their humble beginnings twenty-five years ago, when they started playing in a San Diego garage, ‘blink-182’ have sold over fifty million albums worldwide and rocked audiences from Adelaide to Zurich having become one of the defining rock bands of their generation. They combine high-energy dynamics with an artistic ambition that transcends any genre. Now with Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio) as singer/guitarist, the group have entered a new chapter.

Shows

  • Friday 22/08/2014  21:25 Leeds Festival Main Stage
  • Sunday 24/08/2014  21:55 Reading Festival Main Stage
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Courteeners

It’s long been a tradition when writing about Courteeners to portray them as plucky survivors persevering in the face of a cold, unforgiving media. That, or to dismiss them as a purely geographical phenomenon. A freak Mancunian flare-up whose appeal evaporates the minute they travel past the M60. Neither of these things are true….

Shows

  • Friday 22/08/2014  22:30 Reading Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
  • Saturday 23/08/2014  22:00 Leeds Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
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Dancing Years

“They have mastered the dynamic between calming stillness and explosive euphoria, through the use of rich instrumentation and a strong voice" - DrownedinSound

Shows

  • Friday 22/08/2014  15:25 Reading Festival BBC Introducing Stage
  • Saturday 23/08/2014  15:20 Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage
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Dry the River

Dry the River will release their second album, Alarms in the Heart, through Transgressive Records on Monday August 25th 2014.

Shows

  • Saturday 23/08/2014  14:00 Reading Festival Main Stage
  • Sunday 24/08/2014  13:55 Leeds Festival Main Stage
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Empress AD

It took a moment of clarity for brothers Ollie (guitars and vocals) and Alex Loring (bass) joined by Edd Unwin (drums) and Tom Meadon (guitars), to realise they’d been making music they never truly loved for years. It was time to start following their instincts 100 per cent. They trusted their music tastes implicitly so decided to ignore the trend and appease their own minds.

Shows

  • Sunday 24/08/2014  14:05 Leeds Festival The Pit
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Lonely The Brave

“Lonely The Brave could be the biggest band on the planet. Fact.” Rock Sound

Shows

  • Saturday 23/08/2014  12:40 Reading Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
  • Sunday 24/08/2014  12:40 Leeds Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
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Lower Than Atlantis

Lower Than Atlantis feel a lot like they’re starting secondary school just now. “You’ve just got used to having a few pubes and then all of a sudden you’re this big man,” says frontman Mike Duce,” “when you get there it looks like you’ve got no pubes at all and everyone else’s fucking covered in them.” A colourful yet certainly honest way of describing the position that he and bandmates Ben Sansom, Eddy Thrower and Dec Hart find themselves in. “We were one of the bigger bands playing the small circuit, now we’re a small band in the grand scheme of things.”

Shows

  • Saturday 23/08/2014  15:20 Reading Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
  • Sunday 24/08/2014  15:05 Leeds Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
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Rae Morris

Twenty-one year old Rachel Anne Morris was born in Blackpool and chose to stay there over moving to London after signing to Atlantic. Her family have never moved.

Shows

  • Saturday 23/08/2014  20:00 Reading Festival BBC Introducing Stage
  • Sunday 24/08/2014  19:55 Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage
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Twin Atlantic

That much of Great Divide was written in the back of tour buses, late at night, after Twin Atlantic had stepped off yet another festival stage is evident from first listen. Addictive, arms-aloft anthems with instantly catchy choruses and refrains that beg to be howled back dominate the Glaswegian band’s glorious second album.

Shows

  • Friday 22/08/2014  16:25 Reading Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
  • Saturday 23/08/2014  16:10 Leeds Festival NME/BBC R1 Stage
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