READING & LEEDS FESTIVALS ANNOUNCE BBC INTRODUCING STAGE FOR 2015
28TH – 30TH AUGUST 2015, BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND
With less than a month to go until the biggest weekend of music this summer, the countdown is on for Reading & Leeds 2015.
Forever championing up and coming talent, the BBC Introducing Stage is back once again this year offering one of the biggest launch platforms for new music from the UK, having last year offered up sets from the likes of Jack Garratt, Rae Morris, and Prides. Over the years BBC Introducing stage has also hosted R&L debut slots from Jake Bugg, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Spector, the stage is a must visit for anyone wishing to catch future stars’ formative moments.
Headlining the Friday at Reading and the Saturday at Leeds will be hotly tipped genre-masher Georgia whose debut, self-titled album is sure to be one of the alternative hits of the summer. She’ll be joined by Warrington based indie poppers Viola Beach, Bristol grunge-rock quartet The Jacques, Reading locals The Amazons, singer-songwriter Martin Luke Brown, electronic trio Moon Tourists, Hull alternative four piece LIFE and metalcore heavyweights Return To Rome.
Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds will see the stage headlined by hotly-tipped, freshly signed Liverpool band Clean Cut Kid whose whip-smart pop is surely destined for the festival’s bigger stages! Also appearing on the stage that day are Leeds genre-spanners Clay, NME-tipped rock ’n’ rollers Demob Happy, Glasgow art-pop quintet White, indie-rock songwriter John Joseph Brill, folk punk band Ducking Punches, the psychedelic garage of Crosa Rosa as well as Reading rockers Area 52.
Closing the weekend at Reading on the Sunday and headlining the first night on Friday at Leeds will be the massively up and coming, high energy band Childcare. Their playful debut EP Flush has garnered a huge amount of attention and with good reason; they are not to be missed. Joining them are moody London alt-rockers The Big Moon, Telford newcomers Hyena, 60s beat influenced group Hidden Charms, DIY surf-rock songwriter Willie J Healey, blues-rock duo Kit Trigg, Leeds electronic pop artist Skinner and brooding dream-pop band R51.
The stage also plays host to Irish grunge-pop band Otherkin, the infectious pop of Vitamin, experimental duo Malpas and Paul Weller championed Brighton five piece White Room alongside Centre Stage Competition winners The Mallrats as well as Futuresound Competition runners up Treason Kings, Samuel S. Parkes, Happy Daggers, Where Fires Are and NARCS.
With something for everyone and the cream of the UK’s upcoming talent on display, the BBC Introducing Stage is the place to be for any discerning new music fan.
BBC Radio 1 will be returning to Reading & Leeds in 2015, hosting a stage that will feature performances from some of the biggest artists of the summer. There will also be a Radio 1 Dance Stage at the event. Radio 1 is one of the most famous youth brands in the UK and supports new and developing artists, especially those in the UK.
With over 250,000 tracks uploaded to the BBC Introducing website and 100,000 artists registered, BBC Introducing provides a network dedicated to supporting the best emerging talent from across the UK and a platform to propel them onto the national stage through Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, 6 Music and the Asian Network. Big name artists including Florence + The Machine, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, Wretch 32 and George Ezra all received BBC Introducing support at the start of their careers. Over 500 acts have performed for BBC Introducing at major UK festivals since its launch in 2007 and all sets are filmed for broadcast across BBC Radio, TV and online.
Brand new artists can upload their music at www.bbc.co.uk/introducing
Reading & Leeds will each have a dedicated BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage in 2015. Digital network BBC Radio 1Xtra broadcasts the best in contemporary black and urban music with a strong emphasis on live music and supporting new UK artists. The station reaches around 1 million listeners each week, playing a pivotal role in bringing urban music to the mainstream. The BBC Radio 1Xtra stage at Reading & Leeds will run across all three Festival days and will showcase the cream of urban artists and music on offer. www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/
Somersby are excited to be the official cider partner of Reading & Leeds Festivals. Best served thirsty. This delicious cold-filtered cider has no artificial flavours or sweeteners, simply bucket-loads of great apple taste. That’s real refreshment.
Tuborg is once again proud to be the official beer partner of Reading & Leeds Festivals. Let Tuborg inspire you to be open for more and live for now! Join us at www.facebook.com/tuborg to find out more
Relentless Energy Drink has been a long standing partner of Reading & Leeds for many years, and will be back again in 2015 as the Official Energy Drink Partner of both Festivals. Expect to see the epic Relentless Stage back at Leeds Festival and more immersive activities across the Festival sites to be enjoyed. Visit us at www.relentlessenergy.com / www.facebook.com/RelentlessEnergy and www.twitter.com/relentlessdrink
Pepsi Max is proud to be the official cola partner of Reading & Leeds. Follow us on Twitter @PepsiMaxUK to find out how we’ll be making your Festival experience unbelievable. #LiveForNow
Our exclusive coach travel partner National Express have been working with festivals and events for over 20 years to carry thousands of people all over the country – so they really are the experts! With ample room and a large luggage hold to store all your camping gear (with or without mud), getting to Reading & Leeds from all over the UK couldn’t be simpler. So start planning now and book your coach travel at nationalexpress.com/events.