There are well over 250 bands performing over the August Bank Holiday weekend in both Reading and Leeds with dozens of comedians and DJs on top. That’s a lot of stuff to see and if you’re going to either site, you’ve only got a limited amount of time to see a maximum of ten or so bands per day. To help you out, here are a few Thrash Hits tips. Thrash Tips? Sorry.
Reading // Sunday 11.55am // Rock Stage
Leeds // Friday 11.50am // Rock Stage
We picked their new EP, That’s What This Is as our If You Buy One Thing This Week and we picked them on the Radio 1 Review Show as well. Yes, we’re fans of the Northerners’ intensely wonky art rock and you really ought to be as well. If you’re still not convinced after all that harping on, take some time to be exhilarated by their live show. It’s worth it.
Reading // Friday 4.30pm // Lock Up Stage
Leeds // Saturday 5.10pm // Lock Up Stage
Hey, you know all those melodic hardcore bands you like? This is a band that they probably like. Featuring post-hardcore legend Walter Schreifels (Rival Schools, Gorilla Biscuits) and Sergio Vega, now plucking the four-stringer for Deftones, these scene legends are back together, and some hints have been made that they may be about to release their first studio material in nearly 20 years. Go and see them.
We Are Knuckle Dragger
Reading // Sunday 5.30pm // BBC Introducing Stage
Leeds // Friday 5.30pm // BBC Introducing Stage
Because you like the sound of former members of yourcodenameis:milo, riffs and noisy Northern bastards. Don’t pretend you don’t. Plus, this band have supported The Dillinger Escape Plan, who are good, and have been recorded by both Steve Albini and Ross Robinson. If they’re not seals of approval, we don’t know what could be. Check out their Facebook for tunes, anyway.
Reading // Sunday 2.35pm // Festival Republic Stage
Leeds // Friday 2.50pm // Festival Republic Stage
Punge. Grunk. Whatever you wanna call it, the kids are loving a hybrid of snotty punk and fuzzed-up grunge, and California X are supreme purveyors of such a style. If you like METZ, Hookworms and Dinosaur Jr, you should be checking this lot out.
Reading // Friday 12noon // Lock Up Stage
Leeds // Saturday 12.30pm // Lock Up Stage
These Surrey boys play stupidly noisy chaotic hardcore that’ll rip you a new one at a ridiculously early hour – second on in the Lock-Up/Rock Stage, they’ll perfect for blasting out that Friday morning hangover. Plus Tom Doyle liked them, so you know they’re good.
What else? That’s five but what about the hallowed sixth? We’re not going to recommend anything silly and obvious like Nine Inch Nails or Biffy Clyro. We’re certainly not going to recommend Green Day or Skrillex. We could just recommend everything on the Lock Up/Rock Stage but that’s lazy.
You really ought to know about the likes of While She Sleeps and Bury Tomorrow by now but maybe the Prodigy #m0sh metal of Crossfaith could tickle your pickle. Sorry, Arcane Roots but even though you’re awesome, we’ve kind of covered angular art rock with Hawk Eyes, so here are two out of Thrash Hits’ leftfield:
Fuck Buttons – The electro duo are playing a late night live show (possibly as a silent disco) so won’t clash with anyone, should you still be partying in the arena. We dunno what day or time they’ll be on, but their dark, bass-fuelled music might be well translated by a metalhead, should one choose to accept the challenge.
Beware Of Darkness – This trio is much more straightforward. They’ll appeal to anyone who likes a massive riffs, a scintillating live show and rock ‘n’ roll music from the 60s and 70s.
Reading // Sunday 12.35pm // Rock Stage
Leeds // Friday 12.35pm // Rock Stage
Try them on for size. Don’t blame us if the times are slightly wrong. We got them from the excellent free service that is Clashfinder! We recommend it.