An Alternative Guide to Reading Festival 2019: Saturday

20 August 2019

Here's our guide to the unearthed gems in Saturday's line-up 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.

We’ve got you sorted for Friday too, click here »

Higher Power

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If you’ve had your fill of indie and pop tunes and you’re looking for something a little faster, heavier and more destructive, head to The Pit/Lock Up stage at 2:00pm for hardcore upstarts Higher Power. Be prepared for whiplash, bruised ribs and a fucking good time in the pits.

Listen out for: Can’t Relate, Looking Inward and Balance

For fans of: Turnstile, Minor Threat and Black Flag


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Fans of mid 00’s indie will fall in love with FEET who rock the BBC Introducing stage on Saturday. Sounding like a mix of The Strokes, Foals and early Kings Of Leon, FEET are sure to light up your day and get you moving.

Listen out for: Outer Rim, Petty Thieving and English Weather

For fans of: Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Kings Of Leon


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LION closes off your Saturday at the BBC Introducing stage with her thick, bluesy rock ‘n’ roll that’ll get your head banging. If you’re a fan of big riffs and sing-along choruses, this is not a set you’re going to want to miss.

Listen out for: Oh No, Fiction and Self Control

For fans of: The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats

Sophie and the Giants

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Sophie and the Giants are a band teetering on the brink of superstardom, with intensely infectious grooves and instantly memorable choruses they are sure to be a household name in the coming years.

Listen out for: Waste My Air, Space Girl and Break The Silence

For fans of: Arcade Fire, Florence & The Machine and Everything Everything


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Bleached are the gritty garage punk trio you’ve been waiting for. Hitting up the Festival Republic stage at 4:40pm, they’ll keep you perked up through mid-afternoon in preparation for the later headliners.

Listen out for: Wednesday Night Melody, Hard To Kill and Think Of You

For fans of: The Misfits, The Ramones and The Replacements

Sports Team

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Plying their trade since 2017, having formed in Cambridge, Sports Team bring their 90s tinged power pop to the Festival Republic Stage at 6:40pm. Sports Team’s set is sure to be a sweaty stomper that will get you moving and shaking.

Listen out for: M5, Kutcher and Get Along

For fans of: Blur, Kaiser Chiefs and Talking Heads

Queen Zee

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If you’re feeling the effects of Friday night and are looking for a way to sweat it out, Queen Zee have you covered. Jump in the pits and mosh out to the band who Iggy Pop described as ‘strange, dirty and weird’. Queen Zee open the Pit/Lock Up stage at 1:05pm.

Listen out for: Sissy Fists, Idle Crown and Loner

For fans of: Sex Pistols, Black Flag and The Stooges