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Carling WEEKEND: Lock-up AND Dance STAGES!


Chay Woodman

Date published: 12th Jun 2007

With summer seemingly upon us, the bill for this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals gets even stronger with the announcement of the line-ups for the Lock-Up Stage and the Dance Stage alongside further additions to other stages. Already boasting a list of artists that reads like a who’s who of contemporary music of all hues, these new names re-emphasise that there is only one destination for the serious music fan this summer.

THE LOCK-UP stage has become one of the twin sites most popular destinations over recent years. Curated by Radio One’s Mike Davies and named after his weekly punk, emo and ska show, this year’s bill has big names and cult favourites aplenty across the two days. It’s always busy in there from the doors opening so make sure to get a good space if you want to see things up close and personal.

THE DANCE STAGE returns for a day at each site with a host of live acts to get the party started and keep your feet moving through the day.

So here is what we have in store for you to add to what is the bill of the summer:

Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
JIMMY EAT WORLD were already announced as the headliners on this very special show when we confirmed their appearance on the Main Stage a few weeks ago but let’s look at this again. One of the biggest bands in the world, on a tiny stage, at the end of the first night at Reading and slap bang in the middle of your weekend at Leeds, what more could you want? To see them in this setting is a major treat for their fans and, if you aren’t one of those just yet, get along to this show and chances are you will be by the end of the set.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
NEW FOUND GLORY have a clutch of huge selling albums on either side of the Atlantic and have seen a relentless touring schedule since their self titled debut album in 2001, spread their name far and wide. With a career that includes three headlining slots on the Vans Warped tour in the USA in 2002, 2004 and this year’s event and three US top 20’s (two US top 5’s) for their albums, we are pleased to announce a headlining act of the highest calibre for the Lock-Up Stage.
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
UNKLE are back. After a three-year hiatus, the James Lavelle-helmed collective return with a new label, new home, new collaborators, new clothes label – and a new sound. UNKLE’s third album follows the worldwide success of 1998’s ‘Psyence Fiction’ and 2003’s ‘Never, Never, Land’ and once again finds the collective drawing on rock, electronic and beat-driven music in new ways. With a host of collaborators over those albums including Richard Ashcroft, Thom Yorke, Ian Brown and Josh Homme, the field is primed for some very special surprises for these, THEIR FIRST CONFIRMED UK DATES THIS YEAR.
The rest of the bill for both stages follows:
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
It was more than a decade ago that a Melbourne rockabilly covers outfit called the Runaway Boys wrote a bunch of original tunes and changed their name to THE LIVING END. Ten and a bit years later, that same band have racked up a quintuple-platinum album, two platinum and five gold records, won three ARIA awards, countless other accolades and gathered fans all over the world. The Living End play hard, fast rock & roll, but there’s nothing dumb about it as new album ‘State of Emergency’ amply demonstrates and these shows will emphasise.
For the past eight years the Orange County, California, quartet THRICE have been blazing new trails for heavy music. They blended caustic screams with heart-aching melodies years before the Warped Tour deemed it fashionable. They helped open the doors for raging guitar solos to be re-embraced by the rock world, and they encouraged their peers and fans to give back to the community by contributing to worthy charities.
MAD CADDIES have always been keen to use as wider palette as possible to create their ska punk sound. Since forming in 1995 in California, the band have blended ska, punk, reggae, jazz and swing amongst other genres into their five studio albums and incredible live shows.
Since the inception of THE BRONX, audio and visual dissident have been the agenda. The first offering was 28 minutes of white-hot noise, authentic imperfection at its finest whilst the latest, self titled album weaves it way around the sonic landscape and somehow manages to stay on the tracks, never losing the groove.  
CAPDOWN are one of the UK’s best loved bands, a massive live draw wherever they go and a band you can really believe in. Latest album ‘Wind Up Toys’ showcases their ska punk to great effect and these shows will be ones to get down the front for.

BIG D AND THE KIDS TABLE came together ten years ago when the members converged at college in Boston. New album, ‘Strictly Rude’, their fourth, is the record that ska needs and seems set to propel them into the big leagues. 

THE DRAFT are alive with zeal and optimism. Although their captivating, incendiary debut offering is called ‘In A Million Pieces’, it’s by no means a reflection of the band whose live shows and debut album reveal a band capable of mixing punk fury and bombast with killer melodies.
With STREET DOGS, the new project of Mike McColgan, co-founder of Dropkicks Murphys, you get truth – real feelings, uncontrived sentiments – and music that is as gritty and unwashed as their name. Case in point: their newly-minted second album ‘Back to the World’.
THE KING BLUES play a stunningly fresh sounding twist of ska infused acoustic protest punk. Tours with Gogol Bordello and The Slackers alongside their own shows across Europe have seen praise from Zane Lowe and Mike Davies amongst others.
With support from Spin Magazine, who put the band at #15 on their list of The Best 25 Live Bands Right Now, and Rolling Stone who claimed the band as one of the top five Bands That Broke Through at the 2006 SXSW Festival, RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS should be on everyone’s must see this list over the weekend.
From Newcastle via London, THE GRIT’s punk pyschobilly is sure to get things fired up from the first note.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
TURBONEGRO style themselves as the "Official Number 4 Formula Band In The Universe" – the top three are, they state, AC/DC, the Ramones and Slayer. From Norway, these six deviants have wrought more rockin’ havoc around the world than any other band in the last ten years and current album, ‘Retox’ is their best yet.
GALLOWS are the most exciting band to emerge from the UK punk/hardcore scene in years. With songs that are everything to do with confrontation, violence and the seething, simmering anxieties of life in an archetypal dead-end English town, they have seen themselves lauded across NME, Kerrang, Radio One and Xfm. Their first US appearances at this year’s South By South West suggested a band on the verge of something massive and these shows may well be one of the moments of this year’s festival.
AGAINST ME! cleverly disguise their strong leftist opinions with sincere poetic lyrics. With a signature punk sound driven by distinct vocals, they defy all genres and incorporate aspects of alt-country, hardcore, folk, punk and even blues. As the pride of Gainesville, their punk-as-f*ck ethics have earned them a colossal fan following and the respect of the greater music community.
Punk rock legends THE DWARVES remain one of the most bizarre and misunderstood bands of all time. Their latest cd ‘The Dwarves Must Die’ redefines the limits of the rock album, touching every genre and style from hardcore and pop punk to garage and surf, hip/hop, death metal, noise and beyond.
FROM AUTUMN TO ASHES formed in 2000 and quickly rose out of the underground to become one of the progenitors of the modern hardcore sound. Following 2005’s second album, ‘Abandon Your Friends’, the band parted company with lead singer Benjamin Perri but this year’s ‘Holding A Wolf By The Ears’ sees the band rejuvenated and ready to raise the roof at the twin sites.

THE CANCER BATS have come to destroy. Fueled by a burning desire to rage harder, play louder and have more fun than any other band, Cancer Bats mix hardcore, southern metal and punk rock into a lethal rock and roll explosion.

There is at least one punk band that could care less about the radio. And at a time when punk has steered either into sugary pop or full on Nu metal territory, there is at least one band flying the flag for traditional street music. That band is… THE CASUALTIES!

Orange County’s IGNITE aren’t another punk rock/hardcore band. Ignite, who’ve been making music together for over 10 years, are a successful international act with a diehard global following. On their latest album ‘Our Darkest Days’, Ignite have progressed beyond their punk/hardcore foundation without sacrificing an ounce of intensity, aggression, or heart.
MUNICPAL WASTE are here to revel in the sound and spirit of yore, specifically the hard thrashin, hard partying days of the 80s hardcore crossover scene when things were fast, fun, and f*cked-up.
"Notting Hill Carnival on a punk CD", "Ms Dynamite fronting the Clash" and "Dizzee Rascal crossed with the Mighty Mighty Bosstones" are some of the efforts used to describe SONIC BOOM SIX’s genre-busting sounds.
The passion and fury of hardcore, the effervescent originality of punk-rock; from the south shores of the UK THE GHOST OF A THOUSAND have finally arrived conceiving the most bracing and inspired new sound of the year along the way...
If they’re anything, !!! (pronounced chk, chk, chk) are a band that like to test their own limits. It’s all born from an endless almost spiritual quest to find the ultimate groove, the mystical piece of music that will make all other songs redundant. And like most monks, !!!’s spiritual quest is accompanied by intense and rigorous physical training. With new album ‘Myth Takes’, !!! are one giant step closer to perfecting what they are capable of and this is a set not to miss.
Years in the making, PEEPING TOM, noise rock renaissance man Mike Patton's most accessible work since his days in Faith No More, is finally a reality. Including contributions from Amon Tobin, Bebel Gilberto, DubTrio, Kid Koala, Dale Crover, Rahzel and several of Patton's Bay Area running buddies, such as Dan "the Automator" Nakamura, and Jel, Odd Nosdam and Dose One of hip hop collective anticon, Peeping Tom’s FIRST UK FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES are sure to be unmissable.
There are loads of rock bands making music for the dancefloor. DIGITALISM make electronic music that everyone can rock to. For the past two years, they have been the go-to men for indie remixes, having reworked the Klaxons, The Test Icicles, Cut Copy and The Futureheads to devastating effect. With their own ‘Idealism’ album and a stunning live show, the duo from Hamburg are hotly tipped by those in the know.
Through last summer and for the remainder of 2006, two young men from Bergen Norway, sporting their trademark red track-suits came out of nowhere to stake their claim as your new favourite pop band. DATAROCK hit the ground running in 2007 with a UK release for their album ‘Datarock, Datarock’ and look set to make the summer their own, be part of it with these shows.
LETHAL BIZZLE’s collaborations with Gallows, Babyshambles and The Rakes amongst others have made him a well known name on the indie scene whilst his background as a member of More Fire Crew and 2004 underground classic debut single ‘Pow’ had already made him one of the biggest names on the UK urban scene. New album, ‘Back to Biznizz’ in July, is sure to see that name spread even further.
Joseph Mount writes and records music using the name METRONOMY. Oscar Cash, Gabriel Stebbing and Joseph Mount perfom that music live and still call themselves Metronomy. With remixes for the likes of Klaxons and Young Knives filling floors and a second album on the way, this is a name to note, regardless of how many people it covers.
Arriving like a thunderbolt from the clear blue spring sky, DAN LE SAC VS SCROOBIUS PIP’s ‘Thou Shalt Always Kill’ rapidly became the most requested track in all eternity on John Kennedy’s Xfm X-posure show. Just a few weeks later, the song was a Zane Lowe Record Of The Week, NME’s Track Of The Week, and championed by Sara Cox as her ‘Pet Sound’ during her spell covering Jo Whiley’s daytime Radio 1 slot.
DOES IT OFFEND YOU YEAH arrived last year armed only with a fistful of demos and the obligatory MySpace page. With first official 7" ‘Weird Science’ and an album set to be mixed by Franz Ferdinand producer Rich Costey it’s time for the trio to leave their self-described "cat-piss stained cupboard of a studio" to tear up the dancefloors and festivals of a grateful nation.
CRYSTAL CASTLES hate videogames. Listen to their 8-bit sounds and here is the evidence of people gleefully winning their war with machines. Dollar-store keyboards are bought, the soundchips ripped out, and replaced with ones from 80s Atari computers. Simple, dangerous to your health, and it works.
THE TEENAGERS are a band that could have only come from Paris. Their sound is built around a backbone of golden pop melodies, with a penchant for leftfield visioning - all enveloped in a sardonic wit and lingering Sofia Coppola soft focus.
In addition to two whole stages, organisers Mean Fiddler are proud to announce the following additions to the Main Stage and Radio One / NME Stage across the weekend:
On The Main Stage
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
PARAMORE describe their music with three words: energetic, emotional and fun. Their live show is explosive and high energy and showcases the band’s relentless drive to make sure the audience is having as good a time as they are.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
BILLY TALENT is a young band just releasing their second album, ‘II’. While ‘II’ is the Toronto-based quartet’s sophomore record, the number hardly seems appropriate for this group of friends that first began this journey 13 years ago whilst still at school but, in recent years, have climbed to the top of the US rock tree.
On the Radio One / NME Stage
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
With celebrity fans of the calibre of Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams and Quentin Tarantino, THE SOUNDS have made waves in the USA alongside their native Sweden. With second album, ‘Dying To Say This To You’, the five piece look set to go massive across the globe.
THE SCARE say "you don't know us and we don't know you, that's what makes a one night stand so great". NME say "Righteous, thrilling, scary, loud - The Scare made my dick damn hard."
With new album ‘Conviction’ set for release, Seattle’s AIDEN look set to build on the underground UK success of 2005’s ‘Nightmare Anatomy’.
Saturday 25th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
The great bands of our time, those deserving of our unqualified love and respect and sometimes our hyperbole, are those bands who take their influences, ingest them, produce something genuinely unique and crucially, sound like no one but themselves. Ladies and gentlemen; BRAKES.
Fresh from supporting The Twang on their recent sold out UK tour, DOGS follow debut album ‘Turn Against This Land’, which gained them three Top 40 singles and a heap of love from the critics with second album, ‘Tall Stories From Under The Table’, released this week.
Sunday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Few can contest DEVENDRA BANHART’s position as one of the most fascinating, unpredictable and inspiring artists of his generation. Over four albums, the Texan born ‘freak folk’ godhead has acquired a stunning reputation amongst critics.
In the space of one short year, PULL TIGER TAIL have emerged to stride ahead of the indie pack: since last Autumn's limited edition debut single 'Animator', Pull Tiger Tail have made their way up the support slot food chain to stadium shows with Razorlight, finding time in between to headline a nationwide Myspace tour and release two more acclaimed singles - the free download 'Mr 100%' in December and March's first release on B-Unique, 'Let's Lightning'.
On The Carling Stage
Sunday 26th August at the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 24th August at the Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
MAPS debut album, ‘We Can Create’, was described by NME as "a joy from start to finish" and praise has come from all corners for Northampton based James Chapman and his bedroom recorded album.
Glasgow based MAKE MODEL have been acquiring attention in the run up to their debut single ‘L.S.B’ on 9th July.

Tangerine Fields have brought their camping pazzaz to the summer festivals for 2007!

Forget battling with pegs and poles, the only thing on your mind is starting the party. After turning up at the festival, there’s the hike to the camp site with your life on your back, then you have to find a nice place to pitch up, if you’re lucky, with your friends. Booking a ready pitched and fully equipped tent and let someone else do all that work for you!

Choose from 2, 4 and 6 man tents and the sleeping essentials.
Visit for more information and bookings.
Why Tangerine Fields?
The TF crew created Tangerine Fields because they love camping and they love festivals, because they love weekends lazing in the sun listening to music with friends, and because they always wished there was a tent fairy on hand to help with the hard work.

Then there the home time packing up. Never nice…..they’ve decided to be your tent fairy. Tangerine Fields have brought you a unique camping service. You can hire your camp through them, they’ll provide all the kit and have it set up ready and waiting, all you have to do is turn up. Then come home time, just leave the packing down to them and go home for a proper cup of tea.

They offer pitched 2, 4 and 6 man tents and a choice of accessories including sleeping kit and camping stoves. If you’re coming alone or in a group, Tangerine Fields can provide spacious and cosy and easy accommodation for anyone.

If you choose to book through them with a party of friends, they’ll make sure you’re all camped together, no matter how late you get there. Camping made simple at Tangerine Fields – visit for more information and bookings.

Day Tickets which do not allow camping are priced at £62.50 plus booking fee.
Day Tickets are currently available for the Friday at Reading and all days at Leeds but availability is limited.
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Tickets can be bought at face value, when paid for in cash, at all Mean Fiddler Box Offices. Please note that picture ID/proof of address will be required at the time of booking.
Mean Fiddler Box Offices:
The Astoria, 157 Charing Cross Road, WC2 . Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Mean Fiddler Head Office, 16 High Street, Harlesden, NW10. Monday to Friday 10am-6pm

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of six per household - for those booking by telephone or online - or a maximum of four per person for those purchasing tickets at the Mean Fiddler booking offices.

Children under 13 (12 and under) are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Please note there is no separate children's area at this event.

Bars, Cash Points, First Aid & Paramedics, Food & Non Food Stalls, Information Tent, Left Luggage, Meeting Point, Market Stalls, Merchandise, Showers, Welfare Tent.
Mean Fiddler produces a guide to Disabled Access and Facilities for all its festivals, which includes details of the 2-for-1 ticket scheme. Applications for the Reading 2-for-1 scheme must be received by Friday 29th July.
Please request a booklet and application form on 020 8961 5490.
Mean Fiddler Information Hotline (Mon-Fri 10am - 6pm) 020 8963 0940
The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival –
- Leeds Festival is at Bramham Park, Leeds
The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival –
- Little John’s Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading


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