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  1. Lineup 2018

    I do really like Kendrick's stuff, especially his older work (GKMC is probably my favourite hip-hop album of the decade, although that's not hard), but I'd find it kind of an anticlimactic headliner. Im fully aware that's just me but this is just my opinion anyway. I'd probably watch him unless there was an amazing band on another stage but I'd just see it as a wasted opportunity to book a big rock band like QOTSA or Arctic Monkeys or Foo Fighters and so on. Like I said I'm not saying they shouldn't book him just that for me personally I'd prefer a band to headline. Big rappers have a place but I just think they're better suited to subs or other stages, like the last time Kendrick played R+L, but he's obviously way too big for that now. edit: having said that I'd prefer him to Kanye (who I also sort of like but haven't heard great things about his show) or a few of the other rumours I've heard, like the 1975, My Chemical Romance or Green Day.
  2. Lineup 2018

    Is AM at Tramlines actually looking really likely? I saw those rumours a while ago but kinda dismissed them. Tramlines was great this year, it'd be a fantastic booking.
  3. Lineup 2018

    Hardly in decline, they just sold out Old Trafford
  4. Lineup 2018

    Brand New would be good! If we want them to include more female fronted bands then the following just need to get booked: Wolf Alice either third down or subbing co-headliners Give London Grammar a half decent spot somewhere, Clean Bandit could headline NME easily The Big Moon early main stage slot, Echosmith on the main stage a bit further up, give Black Honey a good spot because they're fantastic Daughter main stage? Say 5th down? Estrons, Pale Waves early to mid NME slots Honeyblood, Sunflower Bean FR stage Fill the dance tent (not sure what it's exactly called, but the one where all the pop acts go) with the likes of Charli XCX, Anne-Marie, Louisa Johnson, Ray BLK etc, Dua Lipa as a headliner or possibly NME. Marmozets either decent main stage slot or higher in the NME, depending on their album (if it doesn't do that well then leave them off for a year) Plenty of decent grime out there - Lady Leshurr, Nadia Rose etc, and obviously DJ wise there's Annie Mac, Hannah Wants etc PVRIS pit headliners? Or Babymetal? Would like Let's Eat Grandma to get a bit of recognition I'd love the Pretty Reckless to be there as I missed last year although they'd need another album I think, but Halestorm would fit in somewhere, same with the likes of Nightwish (pit headliner?), or Within Temptation Paramore is a potential headliner, they'd do it on their own if the other two were big acts. The XX would make good co-headliner with someone like alt-J or Tame Impala, if not a really strong sub! For something unusual like I said Lana Del Rey would be an incredible sub to have, I would love to see her live, and some more left field stuff, Kate Nash as a FR headliner, just for a bit of a throwback? Or if you wanna go really bold get Evanescence like fifth down main or Pit headliner Are the Yeah Yeah Yeahs still around? Get The Kills on there somewhere too, and the girl from Gossip has some stuff out I think. There's plenty out there...
  5. Lineup 2018

    You know, I knew straight away I worded that wrong, but wasn't sure how to reword it to make my point clearer. I didn't mean as listeners, the gigs I go to are always around 50/50 I'd say, and yeah Catfish have a massive female following I've seen them a few times. I meant that women don't tend to start playing rock music as much,and you're probably right about not having so many role models but I don't see how that even changes tbh.
  6. Lineup 2018

    It's very obvious the promoters aren't sexist, didn't Melvin recently launch some kind of initiative to get more women in music or something? I don't really think it's an issue of underrepresentation either, it's just I don't think women are as drawn to rock music.
  7. Lineup 2018

    I say this every year but imagine the Prodigy! We need that! I was thinking that a nostalgia act like Franz Ferdinand or The Kooks on a mid slot on the main stage would be a cool idea, the crowd would love that. Also think the Happy Mondays on the FR would be brilliant, although I don't see it. Anyone know how I can knock one of those mock posters up? I'd like to have a go because I've got a pretty realistic prediction I think.
  8. Lineup 2018

    Catfish are always touring! They're great live so combine that with them being really popular ATM and the kind of band R&L favours nowadays they'd be a fantastic booking as a sub I think. They're due their big festival slot soon anyway.
  9. Lineup 2018

    Maybe. Em is a bit more of a rock/alternative act than Drake, popular with the old Reading style of emo/scene kids, plus a nostalgia act. Look at it this way, I go into an indie club tonight, Eminem is likely to be played, Drake isn't. Major Lazer and Chainsmokers much more comparable, but the headliner is a bigger influence on the type of crowd.
  10. Lineup 2018

    Also, I don't want to be disrespectful or sexist or anything and really I actually tend to lean towards bands with female vocalists quite a lot but I was just reading the NME article about next year's festival, all the sections have subheadlines like where is it being held, how to get tickets etc, but then it's like will there be more women on the lineup? My question is who? Like seriously who? All I can see is Florence And The Machine (who I don't know if she's touring or not) or The XX (which would surely have to be on a co-headline). The most likely it seems for me would be Paramore, which I admit is a genuine possibility, but think of those three compared to the amount of male-fronted bands and artists who are in the frame! Sure, bands like CHVRCHES and Wolf Alice are sub-level and really great bands too (I can't wait for the day WA headline, genuinely becoming one of my favourite ever bands), and then there's the likes of HAIM who can command a sort of third down type position, but there is such little options in the way of big female fronted bands and artists. Or rather, there isn't, there just is when it comes to R&L, because Beyonce and Rihanna aren't going to come and headline Reading are they? And thank fuck for that. Now, I'd really want to see the following bands on the bill next year, even though some of them only just played and that, but they're great female acts that are suited to R&L: Marmozets, The Pretty Reckless, The Big Moon, Estrons, Let's Eats Grandma, Grimes, Halestorm, Tonight Alive, Honeyblood, Black Honey (especially them!), Daughter, Savages etc. None of them are getting a high slot. London Grammar maybe (not my thing though), and Clean Bandit as NME potential. Acts like Dua Lips, Anne-Marie, Charli XCX could have high slots on smaller stages. A real wildcard would be Lana Del Rey as a sub, I think she's great and she'd probably go down well, especially before Drake or Kendrick perhaps (or The Weeknd if he's a possible headliner), and I think Evanescence would be a cool booking. Sorry for the long post, it just confuses me how people don't get that women not playing high up these lineups isn't a sexist thing, it's just that festivals are typically for rock music (traditionally, and even if it's changing Reading is still mostly rock) and that's a genre that men tend to dominate. Pop music is often led by women, but most festivals aren't pop festivals!
  11. Lineup 2018

    Chainsmokers subbing is a horrible idea, especially if they stick Drake on afterwards haha just imagine that crowd. However I am starting to think Drake is very likely I know FR like him, he's obviously massive, Hip-Hop day sold dead well this year. Come to think about it, Major Lazer were on before Eminem, maybe they will repeat that formula and have the Chainsmokers as support...
  12. Lineup 2018

    Yeah I mean it wasn't like an official statement which is why I said "probably" but it does look very likely there will be new AM by then! Drake is a good shout, Kendrick could be another one if they go Hip-Hop again because of the Eminem success. Was also thinking Arcade Fire could be a possibility. System Of A Down could pop up somewhere?
  13. Lineup 2018

    Haven't been round here in time so some of these could've already been written off but I'm thinking something like: Foo Fighters - Catfish And The Bottlemen - Wolf Alice Arctic Monkeys - alt-J - London Grammar Queens Of The Stone Age - Royal Blood - Skepta Chase And Status NME headline. There's often a Glasto headliner in the following year so Foos are a great shout, plus a new album coming out and a favourite of the festival, and they haven't played in 5 years. Secret set also normally means a big slot the next year. I think QOTSA are definitely able to do it on their own now, and also Wolf Alice getting a big main stage slot looks likely. Arctic Monkeys is a bit of a wild card but possibly a new album by then. If not 2018 then 2019. Swap for Royal Blood potentially?
  14. 2017 festival

    Could see Catfish subbing next year, possibly under Foo Fighters if they're there.
  15. 2017 festival

    Probably just paper talk but a few rumours of QOTSA doing a secret festival set this year. http://www.nme.com/news/music/queens-stone-age-secret-glastonbury-reading-leeds-festival-set-2089523?utm_content=manual&utm_campaign=socialflow&utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_term=nme I'd say they have a chance, and Wolf Alice as I've already said. Royal Blood seems unlikely now but I still wouldn't rule it out. Last year I predicted BMTH as they were talked about as 2018 headliners. Not sure if that's still possible but they seem well suited to it, and alt-J could potentially be another. Was also wondering if The Kooks could be a shout.