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Ones to Watch

Paul Stimpson, Features Writer

A run down of ten of the top acts to catch at Reading and Leeds festivals 2015.

Drenge - Friday (Reading), 14:00pm, Saturday (Leeds) - Main Stage

Established two-piece Sheffield rock band Drenge are touring once again in support of their second album Undertow, which scored a top 15 place in the UK charts. This time round, a fuller sound is accomplished by a third member Ross Graham.

Read more on Drenge here

Skinny Lister - Friday (Reading), 15:00pm, Saturday ((Leeds), 15:00pm - The Lock Up Stage

If you have made through Wednesday and Thursday of the festival and haven't quite got in the mood yet, make this set your priority. Skinny Lister are one of the best live bands around at the moment, and there is nothing better to get you in the mood for the festivities than their wonderfully crafted folk songs. Expect a flagon of rum, a frolic with Lorna and some traditional folk shanties.

The brilliant Skinny Lister album and live performance review

Alvvays - Friday (Reading), 19:30pm, Saturday (Leeds), 19:00pm - Festival Republic Stage

Canadian indie pop band Alvvays have already wowed UK festival audiences this summer with a smashing set at Glastonbury. Be sure to catch their melodic anthems at their penultimate UK festival show this summer.

Read more on Alvvays here

Django Django - Friday (Reading), 21:25pm, Saturday (Leeds), 21:10pm - Festival Republic Stage

Django Django's 2012 debut album took the music industry by storm, and even landed the band a Barclaycard Mercury Prize nomination. After three years out of the game, Django Django are back with their fusion of dance pop and rock.

More on Django Django here

Royal Blood - Saturday (Reading), 18:25pm, Sunday (Leeds), 17:45pm - Main Stage

The UK's newest success story, Royal Blood's riff-rock has catapulted them to every festival organiser's wish list. As a Reading & Leeds exclusive, this could be the most anticipated and exciting set of the entire summer.

Read more on Royal Blood here

Catfish & The Bottlemen - Saturday (Reading), 19:30pm, Sunday, (Leeds), 19:25pm - NME Stage

Certifiably THE act to see this summer, Catfish & The Bottlemen have already blasted Glastonbury and T in the Park to pieces. Catch their explosive indie before festival season is up, because tickets to their own shows in the autumn sold out months and months in advance.

Read more on the band here

The Sherlocks - Sunday (Reading), 11:15am, Friday (Leeds), 12:00pm - Festival Republic Stage

Sheffield's latest indie sensation The Sherlocks are set to expand on their local success after a headline show at Sheffield's iconic Leadmill venue earned the local band a slot at this year's Reading and Leeds festivals.

Read more on The Sherlocks here

Manchester Orchestra - Sunday (Reading), 19:55pm, Friday (Leeds), 18:05pm - Festival Republic Stage

American alternative rock band Manchester Orchestra bring their atmospheric vibes to Reading and Leeds' Festival Republic Stage.

Manchester Orchestra preview here

Frank Turner - Sunday (Reading), 21:55pm, Friday (Leeds), 20:10pm - Festival Republic Stage

Frank Turner returns to Reading and Leeds festival for a ninth consecutive year. Celebrating the release of his sixth studio album 'Positive Songs For Negative People', expect to hear some of his latest energised tunes alongside some of the folk rock pioneer's classic anthems .

Read our interview with Frank here

George The Poet - Alternative Stage (Stage Time TBA)

Inspired by rap and grime, George The Poet fuses rap and the spoken word in what is perhaps the UK's most original act of the last few years. Often melancholy, always inspiring, catch George's show on the Alternative Stage.

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