BBC Introducing line-up at Reading & Leeds Festival announced

Monday 23 July 2012, 13:03

Tom Young Tom Young Introducing online producer

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
Bearfoot Beware
Black Moth
Crooked Tongues
Cut Ribbons
Danica Hunter
Deaf Club
Dear Prudence
Dingus Khan
Empror & Duppy Beatz
Escape To New York
The Establishment
Family of the Year
Fish Tank
Hawk Eyes
Ifan Dafydd
Lady Lykez
Max Raptor
Mikill Pane
Park Bench Society
Rachel Sermanni
Sarah Williams White
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 1.

    Ahhh - so the presence of Leeds promoters Futuresound (who they?) might explain why 10 or 11 of the 36 acts are from the Leeds area - acts like Establishment, Max Raptor and Black Moth are already signed and have appeared at major festivals in the past few years (not exactly under-the-radar then) - what about the two acts from the USA and Eire (Family Of The Year and Vengance & The Panther Queen) - how do they qualify then? Care to explain these to license-payers? And with a couple of exceptions Kent and London seems to be the place to claim residency - did the Hackney act miss out on his Big Weekend spot? Here in the 'western shires' we haven't had an act on a BBC Introducing stage for more than FOUR YEARS - and he wasn't exactly the brightest spark of the amazing scene we have round 'these parts'. Note that each of the 36 acts get to play BOTH Reading and Leeds - wasn't one spot enough? Pathetic - check out the 'how bands are selected for BBC Introducing stages at festivals' link - total bullshit...

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    Comment number 2.

    A quick look at these acts' online presence shows that the bulk of them gig quite infrequently though what they have in common is some sort of booking agency or minor label, and hence contacts and canvassing power. One wonders how a band such as Escape to New York can form in June 2012, perform one single gig and wind up on this list. Sorry but the process has zero transparency and zero credibility.

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    Comment number 3.

    here's an irony for everyone… go to the BBC Introducing homepage and you are immediately faced with a link to Hey Sholay's Maida Vale session - yet they're nowhere to be seen on the lineup????
    Yet to catch them live so i was mightily disappointed by this!

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    Comment number 4.

    I totally agree with the comments posted above. How is it that a) there are so many bands from Leeds?? b) why are there 2 American bands?? c) how is it that a band formed only 1 MONTH AGO (Escape to New York) gets chosen d) why are there bands who are already signed chosen?? Is anyone from the Introducing team going to explain this or are our comments going to be ignored?? My guess is that they'll be ignored....

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    Comment number 5.

    Two out of the four on the selection committee are from Leeds - so no surprise - what's more a matter of concern is how the Centre Stage battle of the bands competition with prizes of places at Reading/Leeds squares with the BBC's policy on competitions. Artists/bands wanting to enter had to be Leeds-based and to raise £1000 each for a local charity - very noble - but what about the music?


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