Carling Reading & Leeds Festival – Dance Stage Final Line Up: 26th-28th August

With over a hundred thousand ticket holders already planning their August Bank Holiday Weekend, this year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals are sure to be the music event of the summer. For those who didn’t get tickets in the fastest sell-out ever, we are pleased to announce an extra amount of day tickets now available for the Saturday and Sunday at Reading. With exclusive performances from PIXIES, IRON MAIDEN, FOO FIGHTERS and a host of others across the three days, organisers Mean Fiddler are proud to announce the headline acts for this year’s Dance Stage plus exciting additions to the MAIN STAGE and CARLING STAGE.


Friday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Saturday 27th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

Sampling favoured records from their sizeable record collections, this year’s dance stage headliners LEMON JELLY (aka Messrs. Fred Deakin and Nick Franglen) recently released their third album, ’64-’95. Critics and fans alike loved it. Not long after, they took it on the road for a sold out UK tour which culminated in a dazzling show at London’s Brixton Academy. Again, critics and fans loved it. This summer, they’re touring numerous festivals around Europe and will finish off the run with these shows. Trust us, they won’t disappoint.


Sunday 28th August at The Carling Weekend: Reading Festival
Friday 26th August at The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival

MYLO’s ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’ debut album is now one of British music’s undisputed success stories, having sold well over 150,000 copies through his self created Breastfed label. Having completed his own worldwide tour, including the recent Homelands festival, Mylo and his band now bring their synapse frying live show to Reading and Leeds where they will headline the Dance Stage. Expect a set that includes the hit single’s ‘Drop The Pressure’, ‘Destroy Rock & Roll’ and the most recent release, ‘In my Arms’.

Tom Dinsdale and Simon Franks, better know as AUDIO BULLYS, will be causing sonic havoc within the confines of the Dance Stage. Their music – branded by some as “up-yours house”, “geezer house” or “oi house” – encompasses a firing mix of rough, tough, dirty, and streetwise house beats and breaks. Expect the duo’s set to include much material for their acclaimed 2003 debut album, ‘Ego War’.

In addition, Mean Fiddler are proud to announce the following additions to the line-up for the MAIN STAGE.


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

The dysfunctional history of DINOSAUR JR is, almost 20 years after the band formed, legendary. Creating some of the most influential music in the scene, they went on to change the face of alternative rock music forever – influencing the likes of the Flaming Lips and Nirvana to European bands such as Teenage Fanclub and My Bloody Valentine. DINOSAUR JR. laid the groundwork for a seismic shift in the underground rock scene. The albums, ‘Dinosaur’, ‘You’re Living All Over Me’ and ‘Bug’, with their sonic wall of melodic bass, furious drums and stunning guitar wizardry, coupled with an almost laissez faire vocal delivery, became the sonic blueprint for what would become known as “alternative rock” over the next decade. Now reunited in the original line-up of Masics, Barlow and drummer Murph, these shows are special moments at this year’s festivals and fully deserve the term ‘must see’.

FALL OUT BOY formed in Chicago out of the ashes of different hardcore bands. Being from the Midwest instead of somewhere like Los Angeles or New York, the odds were against them from the start, which only made them try harder. They attracted the attention of numerous companies, but eventually signed with fledgling label Fueled by Ramen for their debut, “Take This to Your Grave”, which sold over 200,000 copies in the US. For their big break into the mainstream, they joined forces with Island Records, the first fruits of which are new album, “From Under The Cork Tree”.

And that’s not all, THE CARLING STAGE will play hosts to the following additions to what is already the best line-up of the newest and most talked about bands of 2005.


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

If one band emerged from this year’s South By South West as the band to see it was Nashville’s BE YOUR OWN PET. The four teenagers released a two track debut single (“Damn, Damn Leash”) earlier in the year which saw praise and plays from Xfm and Radio’s One and Six whilst NME, Mojo and countless others have singled them out as potential superstars. With a second single, “Fire Department” out on Rough Trade on June 20th, BE YOUR OWN PET head for their debut UK festival performances as one of the hottest new names in music.

Brewed in Belgium, PUGGY set out with a heavy baggage load of nationalities. Cultural barriers, far from being a hindrance, have proved one of their greatest strengths and the mix of experiences has informed and improved the trios acoustic based rock sound. A new name for the start of the day, PUGGY are playing their debut festival shows.

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