An Alternative Guide to Reading Festival 2019: Friday

19 August 2019

Here’s our guide to the artists you can't miss away from the mainstream at Reading Festival
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If you’re heading to Reading Festival at the weekend and you want to discover some new talent, want a unique experience or are just intimidated by the large crowds, these are the bands you cannot miss away from the mainstream.

Swimming Girls

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The glittery 80’s tinged guitar pop of Swimming Girls is a sure fire way to kickstart the party atmosphere at Reading Festival. Formed while members were studying in Bath, the group bonded over a mutual love of 80s pop culture and it shows in their nostalgic tunes. Don’t miss them opening the festival on the BBC Introducing Stage.

Listen out for: I Don’t Want To Get To Heaven, 1 2 Many & Beneath You

For fans of: The Cure, Talking Heads, Pale Waves, The 1975

In Your Prime

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If shimmering guitar pop isn’t your cup of tea, try Yorkshire alternative rockers In Your Prime. For fans of Don Broco, Mallory Knox and You Me At Six, In Your Prime will blow away any cobwebs which might have formed in the festival grounds since last year. Catch In Your Prime opening The Pit/ The Lock Up stage.

Listen out for: Handle With Care, Heart Of Lead & Never

For fans of: Lower Than Atlantis, Don Broco, You Me At Six


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If you want to avoid the masses for headliners 1975, check out Marsicans on the BBC Introducing stage. Infectious rhythms and radio-ready choruses reminiscent of Two Door Cinema Club and Bombay Bicycle Club, Marsicans will get your feet moving to close off your Friday in a positive spirit.

Listen out for: Too Good, Little Things & Your Eyes

For fans of: Two Door Cinema Club, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Wombats

Ocean Alley

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Ocean Alley are an undiscovered jewel in the line up at this year’s festival. Having attracted a massive following in their native Australia with their psychedelic funk rock, the band will bring sunshine and soul to the early stages of the festival. Catch them on the second on the bill at the Festival Republic stage.

Listen out for: Confidence, Yellow Mellow & Infinity

For fans of: Tame Impala, Funkadelic & Bob Marley

Black Honey

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Fans of Royal Blood will already be aware of the 90s influenced indie of Black Honey. Having supported the ballsy duo on their last UK tour, Black Honey have taken massive strides in their career since, releasing their debut eponymous album and attracting an incredibly devoted and loyal fanbase. Catch Black Honey on the Festival Republic Stage.

Listen out for: Corinne, Dig & Midnight

For fans of: Blondie, Blur & Arctic Monkeys

Press Club

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If you’re after a punkier, uptempo slice of Australian garage-rock, do not miss Press Club. The band independently released their debut album ‘Late Teens’ earlier this year, the band have already prepared the follow up ‘Wasted Energy’ which is due out this month. All the while, the band have been relentlessly touring their homeland and the UK. Expect a tight, fast snap of punk that will shake you to your roots. Press Club play The Pit/ The Lock Up stage.

Listen out for: New Years Eve, Get Better & Suburbia

For fans of: Slotface, DZ Deathrays and NOFX

Dream State

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Hailing from the alternative rock breeding ground of South Wales, Dream State will bring their brand of anthemic hard rock to The Pit/The Lock Up stage. The band, who won Kerrang’s Best British Breakthrough Band award, will be hoping to win over the Reading crowd with bangers such as ‘In This Hell’ and ‘Hand In Hand’.

Listen out for: Primrose, Hand In Hand & White Lies

For fans of: Don Broco, ‘That’s The Spirit’ era Bring Me and Holding Absence