12 Bands You Don’t Want To Miss This Summer

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  • Festival season is in full swing and the line-ups are made of mouth-watering stuff. From Reading and Leeds to Latitude and Isle of Wight, we've handpicked the bands we’re most excited to see.

    Here’s why we’ll be rushing to the front for this lovely lot…

    1. Lily Allen at Glastonbury, 25 – 29 June

    She’s baaaack! You don’t want to miss Lily Allen make her Glastonbury comeback later this month, so set your Sky Plus boxes now.

    2. Passenger Sunday at Isle of Wight, 12 – 15 June

    You’ll recognise Passenger’s (aka Mike Rosenberg) unique vocals from his hit single Let Her Go. Which means you’ll also know he’s set to swoon a field full of festival-goers with the help of his acoustic guitar.

    3. Wolf Alice at 2000 Trees, 10 – 12 July

    Newbie indie heartthrobs Wolf Alice have shot straight to the top of our must-see list. Translating their Camden pub spirit to the big stages, prepare to see their name a whole lot more as festival season gets underway.

    4. Arctic Monkeys at Reading and Leeds, 22 – 24 August

    There’s just no stopping Alex Turner & co. right now. Returning to headline Reading and Leeds Festival this August, the Brit heroes bring their dynamic blend of riffs and hairspray back to the legendary weekend.

    5. Lonely The Brave at Glastonbury, 25 – 29 June

    Making waves with their captivating live show, these Cambridge rockers promise to be a highlight on the festival circuit this summer. First stop, Glastonbury!

    6. Annie Eve at Coppafeel! Festifeel, 21st June

    Newly-signed songstress Annie Eve is one to watch this summer. Catch her in full band mode at Coppafeel!’s specially curated (by Fearne Cotton, no less) festival in East London.

    7. Kanye West at Wireless, 4 – 6 July

    Standby for some serious Kanye West mania next month as he joins Drake to headline Wireless festival in London and Birmingham. Something tells us Kim Kardashian might even bag herself a plus one…

    8. HAIM at Latitude, 17 – 20 July

    As if we needed another reason to catch the HAIM ladies live. Self-confessed fans of playing on this side of the Atlantic, we’re expecting more awesomeness from the fabulous foursome at Latitude.

    9. Imagine Dragons at T In The Park, 11 – 13 July

    You’ll find Las Vegas’ very own Imagine Dragons on many a must-see list this summer. Making the trip to Scotland for T In The Park, they’ve bagged themselves an enviable spot between Ellie Goulding and HAIM.

    10. Blondie at V Festival, 16 – 17 August

    Yes, Blondie are bringing their big ol’ bag of hits to V Festival this August, joining the likes of Justin Timberlake, Bastille and Tom Odell on what promises to be a weekend of wailing. The good kind.

    11. Wild Beasts at Bestival, 4 – 7 September

    Bringing the British festival season to a close, expect indie rockers Wild Beasts to go out in style as they join fellow genre favourites Foals, London Grammar and Chvrches at Bestival.

    12. Swim Deep at Barclaycard British Summertime, 5 July

    Swim Deep are on the cusp of greatness. Hailing from Birmingham, these four dudes have already been spotted by the fash pack. Drummer Zach Robinson was handpicked by Hedi Slimane to walk in the Saint Laurent Menswear AW13 show and the band’s debut album, Where the Heaven Are We, provides the soundtrack to the Paul Smith AW14 pre-collection campaign. Very

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