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5 acts to catch at Reading & Leeds Festivals


The mighty Reading & Leeds Festival returns after a two-year delay this Bank Holiday weekend.

One of the first major UK events to re-emerge post-pandemic, the anticipated 2021 edition marks a new beginning for revellers and music lovers alike, bringing together a whole heap of international stars for one of the biggest weekends of the year.

While Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Disclosure, Post Malone, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Two Door Cinema Club, and more feature across the two main stages, we look beyond the headliners to uncover the gems you won't want to miss.

1. Berwyn

Nominated for the 2021 Hyundai Mercury Prize ‘Albums of the Year’, major new talent Berwyn utilises influences from soul, rap and contemporary electronic styles to form his own intimate world and create achingly personal songs. The Trinidad-born multi-instrumentalist relays his experiences of growing up in London through his eye-opening perspectives and chilling performances. Trust us when we tell you you're in for a treat.

2. Mae Muller

Another British sensation to recently emerge, 23-year-old pop songwriter Mae Muller first came to fame after releasing a song titled "Close" to her Soundcloud page. Quickly going viral, the attention received from the song led to her quitting her job and working on music full-time. 

Fast forward to today and she’s released two EPs, forming the sound of a versatile young artist who speaks directly to and for her generation.

3. Hot Milk

The emo power-pop duo you didn't know you needed, Manchester group Hot Milk released their debut EP Are You Feeling Alive? in 2019 to much acclaim, quickly earning them recognition as one of the most courageous new bands on the scene.

They've continued their wave through the pandemic with the release of two more singles. They'll be joining the Reading & Leeds festivals following supporting slots on tours with Foo Fighters, Deaf Havana, and You Me At Six.

4. Backroad Gee

Described by Complex Mag as an artist that "sonically meshes everything that makes grime and UK drill so uniquely great", London rapper Backroad Gee announced himself on the scene back in 2020 with the ferocious banger, 'Party Popper'.

 Unfazed by the hype, Backroad Gee has continued to make his presence known through regular link ups with OGs like JME and Lethal Bizzle, and the drop of his striking debut EP,  ‘Mukta vs Mukta. 

His ferocious flow brings a new energy to the UK rap movement, and his festival performance promises to be one of the most captivating.

5. Kara Marni

North London singer-songwriter Kara Marni is one of the many new talents of the flourishing UK R&B scene. The 23 year old's work rate comes second to none, having released two albums and around 15-20 singles since debuting in 2017.

With inspirations like Roberta Flack, Diana Ross, Minnie Riperton, and Sade, Kara creates a unique sound that reflects the past, present and future. Be sure to catch her at Reading and Leeds Festival for what is sure to be just the start of her journey.

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