There’s a fantastic selection of names on the BBC Introducing line-up for Reading and Leeds this year.

You can hear for yourself on this Spotify playlist

This year marks a decade of the stage having a presence at the festival, and it’s beyond a shadow of doubt that the exposure and support given to new acts by the regional BBC Introducing shows is invaluable in helping bands move up to the next level.

From Florence and the Machine to Slaves, a host of household names have had their early careers boosted with help from the station.

This year’s line-up has some stand-out names – and you can expect a surprise guest appearance most days too.

Reading, Friday, 25/Leeds, Saturday, 26: Avenoir, Brooke Bentham, Honey Arcade, Moses, Olly Chamberlain, Phundo Art, Plaza, Rale, Scott Quinn, Sugarman, The Golden Age Of TV and TOUTS.

Reading, Saturday, 26/Leeds, Sunday, 27: Cassia, Colouring, Dan Stock, Ider, Island, KOYO, Pale Waves, Playing House, Sœur, Too Many Ts, Verschieden and Will Sin For Love.

Leeds, Friday, 25/Reading. Sunday, 27: Alibi, Anna Straker, Chroma, Deadset Dream, Ginger Snaps, Honey Lung, Low Island, Mosa Wild, Penguin, Queen Zee and The Sasstones, Rock Bottom Risers, and The Pale White.

Who to see?

Some stand-out, must-see acts who are likely to be appearing more and more on next year’s festival line-ups include:

Alibi

Their latest release, Space Man, helped secure this young Hastings band their share of the limelight with it’s typically catchy pop sensibilities and thoughtful storyline.

Too Many Ts

Swinging hip-hop is the trademark sound of Too Many Ts. And truth be told they have been on the scene long enough that they shouldn’t by rights need the help of the BBC Introducing boost. But whilst they may be familiar to those in the know they haven’t yet quite cracked the mainstream market. Could this be their turning point?

Sugarmen

Proudly waving their Liverpool credentials in full view, Sugarmen’s ‘Plastic Ocean’ typifies their instantly engaging sound. It’s one of those songs that has you hooked in the first bar and won’t let you go.

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