This week, Reading & Leeds Festival announced 50 more acts heading to this year’s legendary August Bank Holiday event. Of course we’re still excited by the eclectic headliners; Foo Fighters, The 1975, Postmalone and Twenty One Pilots, but there are plenty more acts lower down the list (you know, in the smaller font) that are worth your time too. They may even be headlining one day and you can feel really smug that you saw them first on a smaller stage. Who doesn’t love doing that?!
Check out six brilliant acts you may have missed on this year’s line-up poster below.
Hayley Kiyoko is an American singer songwriter who has already enjoyed huge success in the US and is quickly making waves over here too. She has been described by VICE as “exactly what we need from a pop star in 2018” and we certainly agree. Above all else, she makes fantastic pop records. Proof is in the instantly addictive track ‘What I Need’ featuring Kehlani above. Her fantastic debut album Expectations is out now.
Becky Hill is probably the biggest success to ever come out of The Voice UK, so much so that most people forget she ever appeared on it. She has made a name for herself thanks to her distinctive vocals on some huge hits from the past few years, including ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ with Oliver Heldens and Wilkinson’s ‘Afterglow’. Even after all this success it feels like we haven’t even heard the best from her yet, with her debut album still to be released. No doubt a future superstar and a must watch.
Peace are certainly not an unknown band, having gained a loyal and passionate fan base since their debut album release in 2013, however they still feel more under the radar than they should be. The indie-rock quartet are old hands at putting on mesmerising live shows, having supported the likes of The Libertines and enjoying headline tours of their own. Whether you’re a longtime fan or have never heard of them, their set will not disappoint.
The Japanese House
The Japanese House is London singer/songwriter Amber Bain’s dream pop / electronica solo project. Having supported The 1975 in the past, her popularity is quickly rising and it’s easy to see why. As you can hear in ‘Cool Blue’ above, her beautiful lyrics and nostalgic sounds offer a really exciting and unique listen. Her anticipated debut album is set for release next month, giving you plenty of time to learn the words in time for her Reading & Leeds festival set.
If you think you’ve heard the name Not3s before, it’s because you almost definitely have. Nominated for BBC Sound of 2018 and responsible for viral hit ‘Addison Lee’, he has certainly made a name for himself as an exciting new UK artist. With so much success already under his belt at the mere age of 20, Not3s’ set is one to catch this year while you can.
If you’re a fan of catchy indie pop, then Ten Tonnes may just be your new favourite artist. Ethan Barnett has already gained support from the likes of Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart for his breezy melodies that make you want to sing along. Fans of The Hunna and Circa Waves will most likely love this guy too, so we urge you to check him out if you can. Ten Tonnes’ debut album will be out in April, so check out his single ‘Better Than Me’ above.
As if this exciting bunch wasn’t enough, there are still many more acts to be announced across the Reading & Leeds weekend. We can’t wait to see who else is joining the party!