FRIDAY 25 AUGUST
FIGHTSTAR take to the Main Stage following an exhilarating start to 2006 that has seen them release their debut album, Grand Unification.
Radio One/NME stage
With debut album, Now Here Is Nowhere (2004), Texan-born SECRET MACHINES proved themselves worthy inheritors to the US tradition of 'pysche rock'.
MYSTERY JETS have eschewed the vogue for skinny ties and clipped three minute songs since they first appeared from Twickeham's Eel Pie Island last year.
PEACHES is a phenomena. The self-made, self-produced, do-it-yourself leader of the electro punk movement is master of the original dirty lyrical classic.
|Guillemots: wacky dancing only|
GOGOL BORDELLO's very own gypsy punk counter-culture swept through the States last year, and arrived kicking and screaming in the UK in December.
GUILLEMOTS come to the festival in high spirits, emerging last year with debut single, I Saw Such Things In My Sleep.
THE LONG BLONDES are one of the most talked about bands of the year. Featuring Kate (lips), Dorian (licks), Reenie (hips), Screech (sticks) and Emma (high kicks).
SATURDAY 26 AUGUST
Los Angeles's FLOGGING MOLLY have developed a rabid following by melding traditional Irish folk with anarchic punk rock.
Radio One/NME stage
In the past 12 Months, COHEED AND CAMBRIA have gone from cult band that 'you just have to see live' to million selling New Prog Heroes.
JET return to Reading Festival ahead of their second album and after more than four million album sales worldwide and tours with The Rolling Stones and Oasis.
|Less than Jake|
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH sold over 25,000 copies of their debut album through word of mouth and touring in the US, upholding a true band DIY spirit.
THE FALL have a 30-year career full of challenging and provocative music and are John Peel's favourite band ever. They need no introduction.
THE SHINS come to the festivals with anticipation high at the autumn release of their as yet untitled third studio album.
US alt rockers BE YOUR OWN PET came kicking and screaming out of South By South West in 2004 with a fair bucket load of plaudits.
Sheffield's MILBURN crashed into the Top 30 with their first 'proper' single, “Send In The Boys” and have built up an army of fans through touring.
PLAN B, aka Ben Drew, takes inspiration from US rap while also drawing on a broad range of styles. His debut album is called Who Needs Actions When You Got Words?.
Compared to Mazzy Star and My Bloody Valentine on the release of their debut EP Lemona, GIANT DRAG now have a debut album out, Hearts and Unicorns.
747's have a debut album out in August and have toured incessantly with the likes of The Futureheads, Brendan Benson and, most recently, The Raconteurs.
Sunday 27 August
For over 25 years, SLAYER have been a byword for the heaviest music and the instigators of black metal and death metal. God Hates Us All is their latest album.
Florida's LESS THAN JAKE have been touring their infectious pop punk for over 14 years and have a new album out, In With The Out Crowd.
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL are putting the finishing touches to the follow-up to their million selling 2003 album, A Mark. A Mission. A Brand. A Scar. Out in June.
|Goldie Lookin Chain|
TAKING BACK SUNDAY have a third studio album out, Louder Now.
Heavy metallers MASTODON began in their native Atlanta in 2000, and are touring around the US with fellow main stagers Slayer prior to their festival appearance.
Radio One/NME stage
Londoners BOY KILL BOY are already recognised as one of the most likely to's of 2006 and have a debut album out called Civilian due for release on 22 May.
Centred around two key members, Kevin Drew and Brandon Canning, BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE are at the forefront of the recent renaissance of Canadian music.
Since being quietly pushed to one side by the major label powers, GLC are now fending for themselves in the dog eat dog world of music by setting up their own record label.
HOPE OF THE STATES emerged with in 2004 with the release of “The Lost Riots”. This introduced the world to a band that made vast, beautiful music built from walls of guitar.
Boston two-piece rockers THE DRESDEN DOLLS have a new album Yes, Virginia... out now.
Cowbridge disco-punk four-piece THE AUTOMATIC have a debut album Not Accepted Anywhere out on 12 June, preceded by a third single Monster on 5 June.
¡Forward, Russia! first emerged in 2005 from the thriving Leeds music scene. The band release their debut album Give Me A Wall in May.
Minnesota's TAPES 'N' TAPES self-made, self-financed and self posted their debut album, Loons, which sold 10,000 copies from their bedroom.