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Reading Picks: Friday 28th August 2015

We list the top picks on Friday's line-up for Reading Festival

Reading Picks: Friday 28th August 2015

Reading Festival (Credit: Reading Festival, Photographer: Gregory Nolan)

James Gilmore

W!ZARD News Author

12.10pm - The Struts
Perhaps one of the most underated rock bands around at the moment, The Struts are a band that you will regret for a long time if you don't see them. Managed by the same team who manage the likes of McFly and The Vamps, their glam-pop edge makes them stand out from a crowed of grungy rock bands - well, at least their sequins do. After the release of their relatively well received debut album 'Everybody Wants' in 2014, it looks like they're on the rise again with track 'Could Have Been Me' currently holding in the top 10 of the Billboard Alternative Songs charts.

12.45pm - Hunter & The Bear
We promise they are not just on this list because they host Show:Me on W!ZARD Radio Station every 5 weeks. If you've been as fortunate as we have been and heard their latest EP, Wildfire, then seeing Hunter & The Bear at Reading Festival won't be so much of a choice as it is a priority. The folk-rock band are on the rise fast, and we both know how glad you'll be when you can tell your friends that you saw them first.

1.40pm - Drenge
Seeing Drenge on the Main Stage instead of Echosmith on the NME/Radio 1 Stage may seem like a controversial choice, but we've been waiting to see this band in a big venue for a while (they only played the 6 Music Stage at Latitude). This two-piece alternative rock band (from Derbyshire) started getting critical acclaim from their self-titled album in 2013 and when they released 'Undertow' this past April the hype only increased. Look out for their big tracks Bloodsports and Dogmeat as well if you manage to catch them.

2.10pm - Sunset Sons
It may be worth missing the end of Drenge's set to pay a quick visit to the Festival Republic Stage to see Sunset Sons. Their latest single, She Wants, has been blowing up recently and we've been rotating it like we're on a spinny-chair. The synth-pop-rock band from the UK, Australia and France have been bubbling at the surface of the industry for the past couple of years, we think their time has finally come.

2.40pm - Palma Violets
It's lucky that Suns Sons only have a short set, as it enables you to see Palma Violets steal the Main Stage. For those that don't know this garage rock masterpiece (where have you been?) - the London-based band formed in 2011 before their debut album 180 was released in 2014 (reached 11 on in the UK charts) and follow up, Danger in the Club, was released this past may (peaked at 25 in the charts). Regardless of chart positions, they're looked to as legends in the world of indie rock.

3.45pm - Panic! At The Disco
The mainstage goes a bit pop midway through the day, but Panic! At The Disco are always a good bet when it comes to easy headbanging, easily dance-able, rock music. The two-piece (who seem to be pushing others out of the band more recently - with long standing member Spencer Smith leaving earlier this year) have a new album due out this year, so expect to hear lots of new music as well as the greats.

4.50pm - Don Broco
The NME/Radio 1 stage has an amazing run of artists as the day wanes into the evening - whilst you could be enjoying the pop-rock All Time Low on the Main Stage, we'd probably prefer raving to rock-rock-rock-rock band Don Broco instead. Their second album, Automatic, came out only a few weeks ago - so lead singles Automatic and Superlove are a definite for their setlist.

5.50pm - Swim Deep
Putting Bastille, Swim Deep, Vaults and Porter Robinson on at the same time is a very evil move, but in times of wonder always go swimming. In part 1 of a 2-part Btown line-up for the NME/Radio 1 Stage, Swim Deep will be vibe-alicious. We're excited for the tracks we've come to love from their 2014 Where the Heaven Are We album (such as Honey, She Changes the Weather and The Sea) and new music from their upcoming September release, Mothers.

6.55pm - Peace
Whatever you do, don't leave your space after Swim Deep! Coming up after them is part 2 of the 2-part Btown line-up, Peace. Even though they're on at the same time as Bastille, Dillon Francis and Bear's Den... never miss an opportunity to see Peace. Harrison, Samuel, Douglas and Dominic have the most amazing set list, with both of their albums In Love (2013) and Happy People (2015) being hit makers, there won't be a bad moment of their set.

7.45pm - Prides
The Festival Republic stage finds itself home to Prides who have scored almost two hat-tricks in the past year with 5 amazingly received singles ('hat-trick' was a pun, their single Out of the Blue is in FIFA 15). We interviewed them back at Latitude Festival ( but missed their set... don't make the same mistake!

7.45pm - Alt-J
No, we haven't made an error. Alt-J's set is twice the length to Prides set and, if Latitude Festival taught us anything, Alt-J's set got better as time went on, so missing the first half of their set might not be such a bummer. Expect a mixed set with both old tunes and new ones, as well as a cover or two.

9.15pm - Limp Bizkit vs Saint Raymond vs Simple Plan
The words we never thought we'd type. We'd honestly suggest running between the three of them - as they all have amazing repertoires so you're likely going to have a good time split between them. Saint Raymond probably deserved a headlining slot by now, and Limp Bizkit should be on the Main Stage... we only put Simple Plan on the list because they're one of our guilty pleasures. Let's keep rollin' rollin' rollin' rollin'...

10.40pm - Knife Party
Yes we did. We snubbed Mumford & Sons. Once you've caught 30 minutes of their banjo-based set on the Main Stage, make your way to the NME/Radio 1 stage for the biggest (and probably dirtiest) party of your life. Don't take anything of value, wear wellies and stay with your friends.

After 11.30pm it's either back to your tent for a toastie or you can visit one of Reading Festivals many DJ's at the Alternative Stage. But, looking at Saturday's line-up, it's probably worth getting some sleep.

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