5 acts to see at Reading & Leeds this year

With Reading & Leeds Festivals just a little over two months away now, like many we’re burning the midnight oil, scouring the line-ups and starting to draft a list of who we're planning on seeing. Using methods known only to the grand maesters of Game of Thrones, we've whittled the list down through the process of elimination and have settled on five must-see acts - and why they should be first on your list too.

Queens of the Stone Age - Main Stage, Reading: Friday, Leeds: Saturday

The US rockers have won much acclaim for their output over the years (most recently with 2013’s …Like Clockwork) and last year completed a sold-out UK arena tour (including two nights at Wembley Arena). A hugely accomplished live act that will no doubt will get the field jumping, moshing and singing along with songs such as ‘No One Knows’, ‘My God Is The Sun’ and ‘Go With The Flow’, we're relying on them to bring their A-game to town.

Mongol Horde - Lock Up Stage, Reading: Sunday, Leeds: Friday

Otherwise known as Frank Turner’s hardcore side project, Mongol Horde previously played the Lock Up stage in 2012. They recently released their self-titled debut album with much praise from the press (including us), and given Turner’s reputation as one of the best home-grown acts around, their set is bound to kick off big-time. Expect much in the way of moshing, screaming alongside the biggest riffs this side of Ulan Bator.

CHVRCHES - NME/Radio 1 Stage, Reading: Saturday, Leeds: Sunday

What a year for the Scottish electro-pop trio! Following the release of The Bones Of What You Believe, they've managed two sold out UK tours, repeated the feat Stateside and secured more critical acclaim than you could shake a bagpipe at. Last year they subbed the Festival Republic stage, but this year, they’re promoted to the NME/Radio 1 stage. Quite the jump, but thoroughly deserved too. They’ve gained a reputation as one of the best live acts around at the moment, so why on earth would you miss out?

Gerard Way - NME/Radio 1 Stage, Reading: Friday, Leeds: Saturday

Making his global solo debut at the festivals is former My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way; having recently revealed his debut single ‘Action Cat’, Way returns after headlining R&L in 2011 with his former group. Will his solo material cut it? If ‘Action Cat’ is anything to go by, we think so. If we're wrong, we'll be down the front so punch us in the face. No, just the arm.

Royal Blood - NME/Radio 1 Stage, Reading: Saturday, Leeds: Sunday

The Brighton duo, despite only forming last year, has gained quite the reputation as a ferocious live act. Having recently supported Arctic Monkeys and being playlisted on Radio 1, their profile continues to rise, and with their debut album expected around August, be sure to catch them before they go stratospheric.

Who are you looking forward to seeing? Let us know in the comments.

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