Reading and Leeds 2015: The less Reading and Leeds-y acts you should see

Because you don't need to witness 'Enter Sandman' for the 48th time

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This weekend sees Reading and Leeds Festival roll round once again. Famous for its ever impressive bill of rock and indie stars, this year's line-up doesn't disappoint, with ramshackle rockers The Libertines taking a headline slot and other R&L regulars like Alt-J and Palma Violets making the grade along with the painfully predictable Metallica.

However, this year more than ever before, acts that aren't traditionally in line with Reading and Leeds' indie feel have been creeping off the more niche stages and up the line-up. Here are some of the best to look out for across the weekend.

Kendrick Lamar

Hailing from Compton, California and cresting on the success of his masterful new album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick will take to the main stage just before The Libertines, creating an odd musical juxtaposition typical of this year's line-up. Expect big hits like "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "King Kunta", coupled with an electric atmosphere.

Jamie xx

This year, acclaimed producer Jamie xx brings his eclectically-inspired electronica to the NME/Radio 1 stage in what is sure to be one of the most uniquely captivating and frisson-filled sets of the festival.

Boy Better Know

The North London grime collective snatch the headline spot on the Dance Stage this year. It's not the first time that members of BBK have performed at the festival, but with the meteoric rise in grime's popularity over the past year - owing mostly to JME and Skepta - this year's set is bound to pack out the tent with explosive energy.


AKA F**k It Dog, Life's A Risk. What wasn't a risk was Festival Republic booking these Cali surf rockers for Reading and Leeds 2015. Despite looking like a classic drums, bass and two guitars R&L outfit, on closer inspection it's clear that they're something a bit different. Expect a guttural surf-punk sound and a furore from the crowd.

Lucy Rose

Lucy's sweet brand of indie folk is difficult to find at a festival like Reading and Leeds, and she uses this to her advantage, holding her own against the indie rock heavyweights that dominate the festival. Bolstered by a fantastic band, Lucy's angelic voice is showcased by a combination of ballads and danceable pop songs. Definitely not one to miss.