Reading and Leeds Festival Update

THE CARLING WEEKEND – Dates are for Reading / Leeds

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The Hives
Special Guests TBA
Jurassic 5
Hundred Reasons
Reel Big Fish
Taking Back Sunday
Goldie Lookin’ Chain


The Donnas
The Wildhearts
And more tbc



The Libertines
Franz Ferdinand
The Vines
The Roots
My Morning Jacket (LEEDS ONLY)
Special Guests
Young Heart Attack
And more tbc


Dizzee Rascal
Special Guests TBA
80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster
The Ordinary Boys
Har Mar Superstar
The Icarus Line
The Bronx
Bloc Party
And more tbc



The Streets
Special Guests
Dropkick Murphys
The Rasmus
New Found Glory


Von Bondies
Auf Der Mar
British Sea Power
22 20?s
The Stills
Dogs Die In Hot Cars
And more tbc

The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals continues to secure the most important and exciting names across six stages of music over three days. Europe?s only three day, dual site event is now happy to confirm more bands to ensure that there is only one destination for the serious music fan this summer.

PLEASE NOTE – Weekend tickets for The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival have now sold out. Day tickets are still available as are weekend and day tickets for The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival.

    Friday 27th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
    Saturday 28th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS are rightly one of the best loved bands in Britain. A constant source of new ideas and innovation, their groundbreaking “Rings Around The World” album with it’s simultaneous release on DVD saw the band usher in the visual era and pick up Mojo magazine’s album of the year into the bargain. Current album, “Phantom Power” saw the band strip their sound down from the lush orchestration to devastating effect and continue to pick up plaudits for their seemingly unending canon of beautiful, intelligent pop songs. Recent remix album “Phanton Phorce” continues the Furries drive to do things differently. With recent stage shows involving a backdrop of belching volcanoes and wooden horses, all styled in a uniquely SFA way, these sets are sure to be highlights of the weekend. PLEASE NOTE – SFA will close the Radio One Stage in Leeds as co-headliners with Graham Coxon; Graham Coxon closing the stage in Reading.

Last year, two members of SOULWAX, in their Too Many DJ’s guise, rocked the dance tent to it’s foundations. This year, Soulwax are back in full effect following their fantastically received “Much Against Everyone?s Advice” debut. New album, “Any Minute Now”, is regarded as a step on from that debut by those in the know and, with a release date of August 16th, these shows will be the first chance for fans to hear the new tracks live.

PEACHES makes a welcome return to Reading and Leeds after an amazing year that has proved that one small Canadian woman is big enough to take us all on. Her second album, ‘Fatherfucker’, went global, putting her on many a magazine cover and taking her all around the place – touring with the likes of Marilyn Manson, Bjork and The Distillers – in the process. A major part of her story is her sensational live shows that are always charged affairs which leave her audience gagging for more…. shows not to miss.

The four ladies that are THE DONNAS are rightly recognised as one of the most exciting live bands around. Debut album “Spend The Night” saw the band move from US indie Lookout to major East West with devastating effect and fantastic reviews. A punk pop quartet of fun, The Donnas are sure to liven up the tent and attract a big crowd for these shows.

In “Up All Night”, RAZORLIGHT have one of the most anticipated debut albums of 2004. The focus of an intense A & R scramble a year ago, singer Johnny Borrell’s outspoken belief in his and his band?s music has ensured that Razorlight have continued to be one of the most talked about bands of 2004. With that debut out in June, these shows should see the Razorlight promise taken overground and could be another Reading and Leeds ‘moment’.

Who has had more UK Top 40 hits than Coldplay’ THE WILDHEARTS. One of Britain’s best loved rock ‘n’ roll bands, and one of the most successful, THE WILDHEARTS seem to embody everything that rock ‘n’ roll should be. With two recent Top 30 hits and a Top of the Pops appearance under their belt, this is a band on the up with a canon of memorable songs and a new album of obscurities and B-sides flying out of the shops. Eleven years isn?t that long in rock ‘n’ roll.

Are you ready to testify? With Wayne Kramer at the helm, the MC5 bring the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll to Reading and Leeds. The MC5 film may be tied up in legal proceedings but who needs the film when you can see the real deal? Sure to be a packed set at both sites, these very special shows are a must see for this year. Have another listen to the landmark live album “Kick out the Jams” and get ready to rock.

80’s MATCHBOX B-LINE DISASTER have proved that there is a place for proper rock ‘n’ roll behaviour since escaping from Brighton In 2002. Having played a show with live wrestlers, customised their own 80’s Matchbox dragster and driven it at 30mph from Brighton to the Reading site and also released a vitriolic, fundamentally disturbed debut album for Island Records, 80’s Matchbox are back with a new single, “I Could Be An Angle” and new album, “The Royal Society” in the summer.

THE ORDINARY BOYS are one of the most talked about bands of 2004. First appearing at the close of 2003 when debut limited single, “Maybe Someday” was hailed by the NME as the “first must-own single of 2004” the band preceded to ignore support tours in favour of three trips around the country building a fanatical fanbase. First single proper, “Week In, Week Out” rapidly became their first Top 40 hit and more touring saw endless queues of autograph hunters and a growing subculture of fans insistent that the band sign their shoes. With a new single, the Jo Whiley previewed “Talk, Talk, Talk” and debut album, “Over The Counter Culture” due in June, The Ordinary Boys are sure to come to the festivals as a must see.

The toast of Ibiza brings some sunshine and sleaze to the sites this year in the form of HAR MAR SUPERSTAR. With a new album in the pipeline featuring guest performances from Holly Valance and Karen O Har Mar is all set to get very very big this year. A household name following his appearance in the blockbusting “Starsky and Hutch” film where, as Dancin’ Rick, he took on Ben Stiller in a dance battle, Har Mar’s unique brand of disco, self deprecating humour and joyous live performance are sure to draw a big crowd at both sites.

It seems appropriate that the THE ICARUS LINE should be on the same bill as the MC5. Injected with the same righteous anger and fury live, the former cult US band signed to V2 Records late last year and are all set to drop “Penance Soiree”, their debut for the label and a collection of intense and dark rock gems. A real experience live and big Kerrang favourites, you will not be the same after watching these shows.

THE BRONX complete a triple whammy of full on, balls out live bands for the day. Hailed by Rolling Stone as one of 10 US bands to watch in 2003 and the NME as one of 10 bands to watch in 2004, The Bronx come to the festivals with recommendations from all of the right people. Last year’s six track ep, “La Muerte Viva!” starting the fire late last year and this year’s eponymous full debut continuing the story, The Bronx may well be one of the big stories at this year’s festivals.

One of the newer names in the renaissance of British rock, BLOC PARTY are sure to be a much bigger name by the festivals. Early shows led to NME praise and broad sheet press interest and te band ignored the pull of the big labels by signing with independent Wichita Recordings (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bright Eyes). Frenetic live and driven by a fiery spirit, the band are set to release their first single for Wichita, “Little Thoughts” in July and record their debut album over the summer in Denmark as the studio is near a beach and there is 20 hours of daylight per day. Good reasoning we think and a sure fire one to watch for this year’s festivals.

AUF DER MAUR is the first solo offering from former Hole and Smashing Pumpkins bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur. Having spent the best part of a decade in two of the most influential alternative bands in the world, Melissa has broken out on her own with an album that holds it’s own with both her previous employers and unveils a musical talent all of her own.

BRITISH SEA POWER are one of the most unique bands in the UK today. Live, their shows are a right of military uniforms, musical experimentation and foliage, Debut album “The Decline of British Sea Power” marked the band down as ones to watch from the off and support slots with Flaming Lips and labelmates The Strokes have further heightened their profile. Currently working a new album, these shows are an early chance to see what follows “The Decline of British Sea Power”.

In “Worst Case Scenario” DEUS produced one of the most interesting and critically acclaimed albums of recent times. Having been away from the music world for three years, DEUS return with these shows, their only confirmed UK festival shows to date and with a new album imminent. Always a band for which the word “Quality” was invented, these shows are a perfect opportunity to see what is next in the Deus story.

Recent headliners on the NME Britpack tour, 22 20’s have been praised since they were first discovered in Lincoln in 2003. Drawing on a love of late 60’s and early 70’s RnB and blues, the 22 20’s inked a deal with Heavenly Records and released live album “05/03” to universal press acclaim. With a studio album in the offing, the 22 20’s will no doubt be the focus of much attention around the festivals.

At Austin’s South by South West in 2003, all the talk was about THE STILLS. A track called “Still In Love Song” by the band was creating great excitement amongst the A & R fraternity. When that track appeared on the debut UK EP release, “Rememberize”, the country got to hear what all the fuss was about. Swiftly followed by the acclaimed “Lola Stars and Stripes” single and debut album, “Logic Will Break Your Heart”, the four Montreal residents that make up The Stills firmly established themselves as critical darlings and one of the year’s names to remember. A recent UK tour with The Shins saw the band justify the hype with a blend of melody and noise familiar to anyone who owns that debut album and with a new version of “Still In Love Song” slated for a July release, THE STILLS are sure to come to the festivals as a name on everyone’s lips.

DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS were one of the names at last year’s In the City. A deal with V2 swiftly followed and the band are currently celebrating their debut Top 30 single in the form of recent release, “Godhopping”. With debut album, “Please Describe Yourself” due in July their star is very much in the ascendant as we approach the festivals.

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WEEKEND TICKETS – £105 (subject to booking fee, maximum fee £6.00) Includes car parking and camping
DAY TICKETS – £45 per day (subject to booking fee, maximum fee £5.40) Includes car parking but not camping.

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As broadcast partners, Radio 1 will be broadcasting live from the Leeds site for the very first time. The Leeds event is now in its sixth year and has firmly established itself as the sister festival to Reading featuring an incredible swap round of bills over the three days. Radio 1 wanted to represent this part of the festival fully to its listeners and so across the weekend shows including Jo Whiley will be setting themselves up backstage with a ton of special guests and exclusive live performances from artists appearing at Leeds. The Radio 1 stage will be playing host to the bands that have mattered to Radio 1 listeners over the last year and the station will be recording live music for a Lamacq Live special on the Monday after the festival.



For the 6th year running Carling once again show their continued commitment to live music by supporting new and emerging talent performing on The Carling Stage, traditionally the best collection of breaking talent the world has to offer and often the first step for many bands on their way to the Main Stage. Historically the Carling Stage has seen Muse, Elbow, Turin Brakes and Cooper Temple Clause make their first appearances and has continued to prove that this is the starting place for the talent of the future. 2003 saw rising stars Franz Ferdinand, Keane, The Stills and Longview play on the Carling Stage proving once again it?s the best place to see the hottest new bands destined to become the next big thing.


Orange, the UK’s favourite network operator, returns to The Carling Weekend:Reading and Leeds Festivals, for the 5th year as the official Digital Communications Partner,and is working to ensure festival-goers are kept informed, recharged and in touch on-site at the event.
Keep up to date ahead of the festival with all the latest line-up and festival news by going to the Music Channel on Orange World, the Orange WAP portal, where you will also be able to sign up for exclusive free Reading and Leeds text updates direct to your handset.
Or check out all the latest festival news, as well as keep track of the weather and traffic conditions by dialing 177 (07973 100177 all other networks) to listen to the Official Festival Information Line.


The NME signing tent will once again be the place to be at this year’s Carling Weekend, Reading and Leeds festival. Giving music fans the chance to meet their favorite bands, the signing tent is well-known as one of the most rock’n’ roll places to hang out at the festival. A huge success with festival goers in 2003, the NME signing tent saw queues stretching across both sites as fans assembled for autographs from many of the headline acts including Sum 41, Linkin Park, Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Blink 182 and Good Charlotte.
Some of the more outrageous antics from 2003 include a legendary five hour queue for Sum 41, Blink 182 signing a fans testicle and fans being dragged from the crowd for a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s photoshoot.
Conor McNicholas, editor, NME said: “The NME signing tent is a mind blowing experience for both the fans and the bands. Being face to face with their favourite bands really makes the festival special. Each year the queues just get
bigger and the signing requests more bizarre ? definitely an experience not to be missed!”


For the first time at Reading Festival, AOL Broadband will be streaming online the main stage footage during the three day event. There will be also be a Sessions@AOL tent backstage where many artists will play exclusive acoustic sessions as well as being interviewed. These performances, as well as the footage of the main stage, will be available for AOL members to enjoy on demand in the weeks following the festival.

AOL members will have the opportunity to win a chance to visit the backstage Sessions@AOL tent so that they can enjoy a private concert of their favourite bands. |

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