The Reading and Leeds festival has become a fixture on the calendars of music fans across the land.

Showcasing the best in contemporary music, here are some of this year's acts worth your attention. Included are links to our coverage featuring a veritable cornucopia of interviews, reviews and videos.

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The Cure

The legendary gloom–rockers are making a long awaited return to Reading in one of the festival's most eagerly anticipated shows. Louis Pattison recently sat down for a chat with frontman Robert Smith, while Dorian Lynskey soaked up the atmosphere at their 2011 Royal Albert Hall show.

Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All

The infamous and unapologetic rap group feature Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean, although the latter will be absent from Reading and Leeds. Take a look at Hermione Hoby and Alexis Petridis's coverage of the controversial hip-hop collective.


This Leicester four-piece have proven that they were "built to play festivals". Tom Lamont finds out how they did it while Kitty Empire casts her critical pen over their set at London's O2 Arena and their latest album, Velociraptor.

Foo Fighters

After taking on the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, the charismatic rockers will be playing to a more receptive audience this summer. Tom Lamont explores why frontman Dave Grohl nearly quit music altogether, and find out how drummer Taylor Hawkins is taking on Hollywood.

Florence + the Machine

The singer takes to the festival circuit once again with Kitty Empire giving her thoughts on the performance at London's Alexandra Palace. Tim Jonze investigates what she's been saying recently and check out Ms Welch's cover of Talking Heads.

The Black Keys

The dynamic duo from Ohio have become experts at producing soul-shaking noise. Dave Simpson talks to them about their hard work paying off, Kitty Empire gives her thoughts on their recent show at Alexandra Palace and find out why Michael Hann gave their latest album five stars.

The Maccabees

The five-piece from south London were once dismissed as landfill indie, but Dave Simpson finds out why that tag hasn't stuck. Alexis Petridis soaks up their third album Given to the Wild, and take a look at the video for the single Pelican.

Azealia Banks

The Harlem rapper busted into the public consciousness with the filthy but addictive 212 and seems to be also taking the fashion world by storm. Paul Lester talks to her about her rising fame and being part of a new breed of fierce female MCs.

Bombay Bicycle Club

Having won the Road to V competition in 2006 the quartet have since matured to possess a particularly delicate sound, as Paul Mardles finds out. Alexis Petridis reviews their gig in Brighton while Rebecca Nicholson opens her ears to their latest album.

Passion Pit

Caroline Sullivan adorns their new album Gossamer with a well-starred review and Hermione Hoby talks to enigmatic frontman Michael Angelakos.


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