Today is a good day. We can now announce the line-up for the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival which takes place from August 24th-26th 2012.

Celebrating its fifth year at the festival, the stage has previously seen debut performances from Pulled Apart By Horses (who will make their Main Stage debut this year), Two Door Cinema Club (NME/Radio 1 Stage second headliner 2012) and Don Broco, who move onto the Festival Republic Stage this year after their amazing performance in 2011 on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The bands that play are chosen through a combination of the BBC's countrywide Introducing shows, Leeds promoters Futuresound, festival promoters Festival Republic and Martin House's Centre Stage competition.

Here's the list of bands in alphabetical order. The breakdown of the days at both festivals can be found on the Reading & Leeds line-up page.
Attention Thieves
Backyards
Bearfoot Beware
Black Moth
Crooked Tongues
Cut Ribbons
Danica Hunter
Deaf Club
Dear Prudence
Dingus Khan
Empror & Duppy Beatz
Escape To New York
Escapists
The Establishment
Family of the Year
Fish Tank
Glassbody
Hawk Eyes
Hildamay
Ifan Dafydd
Lady Lykez
Marmozets
Marsicans
Max Raptor
Mikill Pane
Park Bench Society
Proxies
Rachel Sermanni
RIO
Samoans
Sarah Williams White
Seasfire
Vengeance and the Panther Queen
Wet Nuns
We Walk On Ice
We Were Frontiers
Plus more to be announced...

As always, we will bring you highlights from the Introducing Stage across the weekend including videos, photos and updates on Twitter. Details of the full Festival line-up as it stands can be found on the BBC's Reading & Leeds Festival website which is where you'll also be able to see sets from Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian and many more over the weekend.

Read all about how bands are selected for BBC Introducing stages at festivals.

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  • Comment number 23. Posted by Ironskullll

    on 31 Jul 2012 12:34

    With reference to the blog identified above:


    As a licence payer I do not find this acceptable. How many of the acts selected this year for the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds were actually selected via the Reading and Leeds panel? And which ones were they? There needs to be utter transparency in this respect.

    It is not reasonable to suggest that an artist which shares an agent with Paramore, The Black Keys or The Vaccines, to name but three festival headliners this year is under the radar. Nor it is acceptable to suggest that artists who have previously played, for example, Download or T-in-the-Park are under the radar. They are not, and it is ludicrous to suggest they are.

    The argument that a tradition unique to the Leeds festival should be allowed to impact on 33% of the lineup for the BBC Introducing stage at Reading is tenuous at best. You refer to "working with Futuresound, via Festival Republic". There is in fact a Festival Republic stage, and that is where I would expect such a tradition to be honoured, not on the main BBC Introducing stage. There is no justification at all for allowing such bands to appear on the Introducing stage at either Reading or Leeds when Festival Republic already have their own stage.

    Suggesting somehow that acts not selected by the BBC will not benefit from BBC coverage is disingenuous. Clearly they are already benefiting from the BBC brand name, as a quick look at facebook will establish. For every act chosen by means of the unsatisfactory non-BBC methods and by virtue of the questionable criteria involved, as highlighted in your blog, one act that might have benefited via the BBC Introducing scheme has been betrayed, which is why it is essential that utter clarity is allowed to prevail.

    Your comment that it is important to treat the scheduling of the Introducing stage the same way as the rest of the festival does not hold water. There must be a balance between your desire for homogeneity and the needs of the artists enrolled in the Introducing scheme. Clearly, the marketing and promotion of Leeds and Reading festivals identify the festivals as having the same lineups, and it is the expectation of the paying public that this should be the case. This expectation would certainly not extend to the Introducing stages. Quite the opposite, in fact, and I would suggest that the vast majority of the paying public would endorse a policy whereby the number of bands given the opportunity of playing these stages was maximised. This would also be a fairer and more correct allocation of licence fee money.

    My final comment pertains to the light you have shed upon the function of the BBC panel. I find it absurd that slots at festivals are allocated to bands with no reference at all to their ability to perform live. It might be OK to allocate radio play according to the recorded sound, but where we are talking about live slots, the entire entertainment value of the artist must surely be considered, and I am very surprised indeed to hear from you that this is not the case.

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  • Comment number 22. Posted by bbc_tomyoung

    on 31 Jul 2012 11:12

    Hi all,

    Thanks for your comments. We've just put live a blog post from BBC Introducing's Executive Producer Claire Thomas which can be found here:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/introducing/2012/07/bbc_introducing_at_reading_lee.shtml

    Thanks, Tom

  • Comment number 21. Posted by So-Sue-Me

    on 31 Jul 2012 01:29

    (Just copied and pasted this - maybe time to stop misleading acts)

    How are bands selected to play on the BBC Introducing stage at festivals?

    The BBC Introducing Stages at festivals throughout the UK are there to give aspiring new bands and artists the opportunity to play at some of the biggest festivals in the UK and sometimes internationally!

    Not only might you get the opportunity to play the festival but we also aim to record and film your set for broadcast across BBC Radio, online and TV.

    The line-ups are chosen via suggestions from all the BBC Introducing shows across the BBC. These suggestions represent who they see as the hottest artists from their patch at that time and is normally representative of the tracks they are playing on their show, some of which are submissions that have been uploaded via this site. So if you haven't already uploaded your tracks to BBC Introducing, do it now! We treat each stage individually, so producers and presenters can tailor their suggestions depending on the festival.

    We then get a panel to listen to all the suggestions and decide upon the final line up. These vary from festival to festival but previous panel members include: Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq, Emily Eavis, Gary Lightbody, Head of Music at Radio 1, Head of BBC Introducing. They all listen and send us their top rated and from this we get our final line up. At some events, we also take suggestions for bands from the festival promoters and local organisations.

    So if you do make a stage you can see that before even playing you have hit the radar of some pretty big names in the industry.

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  • Comment number 20. Posted by Ironskullll

    on 30 Jul 2012 05:25

    It's so sad and wrong that the BBC is not responding to this scandal. Accordingly:

    To:
    claire.thomas@bbc.co.uk
    Cc:

    Sent:
    Sun, 29 Jul 2012 22:54:08 +0100
    Subject:
    Complaint Regarding BBC Introducing Stages at Reading and Leeds

    Dear Ms Thomas, I wish to register a formal complaint concerning the selection of acts for this year’s BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

    The British music consumer has a universal understanding of the BBC Introducing scheme as championing “Unsigned, Undiscovered, Under the Radar” music. Furthermore, the British music consumer and BBC licence payer understands the choice of acts for for BBC Introducing stages to be representative of the nation as a whole and to be drawn from the BBC Introducing scheme as run by the BBC’s network of regional radio stations.

    This year approximately one third of the acts chosen are from Leeds and the surrounding areas.

    This year approximately one third of the acts chosen are on the booking roster of the major booking agencies, alongside festival headliners such as Paramore, The Vaccines and The Black Keys.

    This year approximately one third of acts chosen have previous experience of having played at major festivals such as Download and T in the Park.

    A significant number of acts chosen have minimal gigging experience. For example, one band chosen was only formed last month.

    In the absence of festivals such as The Big Chill and Glastonbury this year it is unreasonable for the acts chosen to be allocated slots at both Leeds and Reading.

    These five facts point to a betrayal of the BBC Introducing scheme’s fundamental principles. The acts chosen have not been chosen on the basis of being “Unsigned, Undiscovered and Under the Radar”. True acts fitting this description have been betrayed by the BBC. This begs serious questions as to why this is the case, calling into question the integrity of those involved, and representing a grave misuse of licence fee revenue by the BBC.

    Would you please address this complaint immediately.

    Yours Sincerely,

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  • Comment number 19. Posted by john smith

    on 29 Jul 2012 23:46

    Marmozets formed in 2006 and are the nicest band i have ever met, they deserve it. Especially after 6 years of hard work. Im happy for them

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  • Comment number 18. Posted by Ironskullll

    on 29 Jul 2012 11:47

    Note also that 1/3 of the slots have been allocated to bands who are on the rosters of the same major booking agencies as handle the bookings for many of the headliners, such as Paramore, The Vaccines and The Black Keys, and at least 1/4 have had experience of playing major festivals such as Download and T in the Park. These bands do not fit the criteria of "Unsigned, Unknown and under the Radar", and should not have been awarded these slots.

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  • Comment number 17. Posted by So-Sue-Me

    on 29 Jul 2012 09:29

    Note that Futuresound also ran a competition (only for Leeds bands) with 5 places on the BBC Intro stage and 1 on the NME/Radio 1 stage as prizes - trying to find more details about this. Note that the Centrestage competition entries have prizes for the best fundraisers - very similar to the 'exposure awards' run by other 'unsigned' competitions...

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  • Comment number 16. Posted by Drewdrewdrew

    on 26 Jul 2012 06:39

    Hi So-Sue-Me,

    We played with Max Raptor as Rugosa Nevada as they are a Derby-Midlands band, not from Leeds so not sure where that is from. I think you guys have some fair comments when it comes to selection of bands from county's outside of those near the festival areas though.

    Either way it's always hard for bands to justify why they have been given slots to people who really want to dig out something dark and negative from it all.

    Like I say though, you guys have some good points there about dealing opportunities out like this to bands from areas not near the main cities or near festivals. Also I agree that that is more a prominent thing this year with the absence of some great festivals.

    Cheers.

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  • Comment number 15. Posted by So-Sue-Me

    on 26 Jul 2012 02:56

    Hmmm - seems also that the head of BBC Intro has conveniently taken a week's leave - but has left a forwarding email address for 'any queries about Reading/Leeds' - which doesn't work...

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  • Comment number 14. Posted by So-Sue-Me

    on 26 Jul 2012 01:50

    Drewx3 - I'd also probably appreciate what you say a little more - if the only gig you've played as ETNY hadn't been with Max Raptor - you sure there's no 'shady conspiracy'? With no Big Chill, Glasto and Big Weekend being 100% Hackney - Intro stage places are few and far between this year - but Leeds-based acts have grabbed 22 of them - 11 of them at Reading - still there's two Reading-based acts to keep it balanced...

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