The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals continues to build the biggest and best line-up of the summer with more additions to the Radio One Stage.
With weekend tickets for the Reading site now completely sold out and weekend tickets for the Leeds site selling at their fastest rate ever, this year’s festivals are sure to be the main event of the summer as the world’s best known bands join the best line-up of up and coming acts and special performances from some of rock’s best names.
Additions to the bill are as follows
On THE RADIO ONE STAGE
Friday 27th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 28th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Formed to create the perfect rock ‘n’ roll band; in their own words a combination of Elvis Presley and Che Guevara, The (International) Noise Conspiracy come to the festivals to educate and entertain. Based in Umeå, Sweden, the five piece came together in 1999 from the ashes of several Swedish politically motivated acts including the still namechecked Refused. With a European deal with Burning Heart and a US deal with punk stalwarts Epitaph, through two albums, TINC have seen their message spread. With producer Rick Rubin on board for their soon to come third album (12th July), "Armed Love", 2004 may be the year that T(I)NC bring their message to the masses.
With debut album, "Everyone Who Pretends To Like Me Is Gone" (2002), The Walkmen raised eyebrows and expectations. Formed by ex members of the still lamented Jonathan Fire*Eater and friends from Washington DC, the band rapidly gained a reputation for incendiary live shows, in particular due to lead singer Hamilton, a 6ft plus ball of energy capable of tenderness and rage in the same vocal line. With follow up "Bows and Arrows", indie club single mainstay, "The Rat" and a recent UK tour in the company of fellow festival comers and labelmates The Stills, The Walkmen have built on the success of that debut and justified the praise for their live shows.
From their inclusion in the NME’s Bands to Watch at the dawn of 2004, The Open have set about creating a music of honesty and passion drawn in large part from the sheer strength of character of lead singer Steven Bayley and musical majesty of lead guitarist Jon Winter. The Open are set to release debut album "The Silent Hours" on July 5th and with critical praise already being heaped upon them, a band as English as tea and the test match yet capable of producing epic songs without bluster are sure to be one of the names on everyone’s lips through the summer.
Saturday 28th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 29th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
Since their first single in 1991, Stereolab have been pioneers in doing things differently. Across ten albums and a host of limited edition ep’s and collaborations, the band have had Top 40 albums, huge critical praise across the globe whilst retaining complete control of their releases through their own Duophonic group of labels. Struck by tragedy in 2002 when founder member Mary Hansen died in a cycling accident, the band persevered, finishing construction of their studio in Northern France and releasing this year’s "Margarine Eclipse" album.
Sunday 29th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 27th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival
The Fiery Furnaces have confused, agitated and entertained audiences since their first appearance in the UK in 2003. Debut single for Rough Trade, "Crystal Clear" was an immediate hit with the critics and debut album "Gallowbirds Park" saw the band continue to be praised.
Following their successful support tour to Franz Ferdinand, the Fiery Furnaces will release live favourite "(I Wish I Was) Single Again" as a single on June 28th.The band's eagerly awaited second album "The Blueberry Boat" will be released on 6th September.
The Futureheads sprang from the North East of England (Sunderland to be precise) last year with a sound that blended the frenetic time structures of early 80’s cult heroes The Pop Group with the dynamics of The Jam and the songwriting prowess of XTC. Debut single, "1-2-3 Nul" was a delirious two minute race to the line and debut album "The Futureheads" arrives with a host of good ideas and clever twists on the usual guitar pop plot. Heralded by NME and The Fly amongst others, live shows are always fast and furious and these sets are sure to be worth watching for anyone looking for the future of UK alternative music.
Signing to Rough Trade (Smiths, Strokes) at the tender age of fifteen would put most teenagers on edge but Berwick-Upon Tweed’s Eastern Lane seemed to relish it. With two NME singles of the Week from two single releases, the four young men are currently working on their debut album for the label, due for release in autumn. With recording sessions taking place in a converted cowshed it is fair to say that Eastern Lane are doing things their way and, so far, that seems to be the best way. Tipped by NME at the start of the year, and with all band members marking their 18th birthday’s prior to the festivals it is fair to say that these shows will be a coming of age in more ways than one.
THE CONCRETE JUNGLE
Always a frenetic day of the best punk, skate and ska sounds, The Concrete Jungle returns to the Reading Site (Saturday 28th) and the Leeds site (Sunday 29th) with a very special headline performance and a guarantee of the best the scene has to offer.
Saturday 28th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Sunday 29th August at The Carling Weeekend: Leeds Festival
Making their ONLY FESTIVAL APPEARANCES in the UK of 2004, A return to the live scene to headline The Concrete Jungle. With breakthrough album "Hi Fi Serious" in 2002, the band broke a run of bad luck and tough breaks to find a huge fanbase and Top 20 singles and albums. Throughout 2002 and 2003, A were at the forefront of the rebirth of UK rock music and these, their first shows in some time, are sure to be the start of an even bigger story. With a new album in the works, A are sure to be back where they belong, at the forefront of the UK’s rock scene.
For 20 years, brothers Lou and Pete Koller have been at the forefront of the US hardcore scene with their band, SICK OF IT ALL. Progressing through the decade and into the 90’s with a clutch of critically adored albums, in particular "Just Look Around" (1992) which is widely credited with revitalising the then despondent US hardcore scene. Having exhausted the possibilities of independent labels, the band signed to East West in 1994 and 1997’s "Built to Last" broke them further into the US mainstream and allowed them all to finally give up their day jobs. A band that live for their music and an example of how to remain ethical within the music industry, SICK OF IT ALL’s appearances at the festivals are sure to be red letter days for their many fans.
STILL TO COME
THE CARLING STAGE – The latest names and the stars of the future on the stage that has been graced by Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Elbow and Keane over the years.
THE DANCE STAGE – The best live performances and DJ sets from the biggest names in dance music
THE COMEDY AND CABARET STAGE - Live comedy and cabaret throughout the weekend with late night films and special surprises.
DAY TICKETS - £45 per day (subject to booking fee, maximum fee £5.40) Includes car parking but not camping.