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Your guide to this years rock and indie festivals

From stadium stompers to outfits making the leap to headline status, we iron out the major highlights so far at this year's rock and indie festivals.

Ben Smith

Last updated: 14th Apr 2016

Image: Foals

When absorbing the constant waves of line up announcements, it's often the rock and indie festivals that print the major headlines. Looking ahead to who's been slapped onto the peak of this year's line up posters, we've notched an abundance of big hitters and the occasional unexpected sighting scattered across the board. 

Snooping at the apex of all festivals, Glastonbury will see Matt Bellamy shredding some interstellar riffery with Muse. And if you've came into any form of contact with a radio wave lately, Coldplay have proven virtually inescapable. They get a big tick from Michael Eavis. (listen to our Glasto playlist below)

Biggest album of 2016? The Last Shadow Puppets are in with a shout with their first in eight years - Everything You've Come To Expect (read our review). Catch Turner and Kane prowling the stage at Worthy Farm, as well as up in Scotland at T in The Park.

The Stone Roses could also stake a claim for that gong with their expected reply to The Second Coming - They play their only confirmed date outside of Manchester at 'T' , while LCD Soundsystem also return to the festival fore north of the border. 

Putting some of last year's essential long player's into focus, Noel Gallagher is frequenting the circuit, playing big slots at Kendal Calling and Festival Number 6 with his trusty High Flying Birds

The Maccabees shift to headline at Latitude after the release of Marks To Prove It, as do Foals who make the same leap to co-headline Reading and Leeds on the back of tearing arenas apart with their snarling new album What Went Down.   

Keeping on the topic of rare sightings, you'll find Robert Smith and The Cure playing their only UK festival at Bestival and the return of The National at Henham Park.  

Things still a tad tame for you? Download have got it spot on once again with Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden etched in as top tier draws. Blimey. 

And if you're still undecided, use our Rock and Indie festival finder to find your ultimate rock and indie escape. 

Festivals 2020