So as occurs every year, the rumour mill as to this years festival line ups is in full flow, leaving the likes of me to plough through endless badly photoshopped posters and 'heard it from a close friend'esque quotes to get to the truth.
Naturally, nothing can be taken as fact until it's heard from the horses mouth. But even I had to stop when I stumbled across the following on a random googling session:
In all my years of Festival speculation, I have to say this looks reasonably legit as a line up. I know nothing as to the authenticity of the poster or the line up organisation personally, but actwise, all of the above suggestions are within the realms of possibility. Foo Fighters have been very outspoken about their desires to return to Reading, as have Greenday. In terms of Kasabian, this could be their chance to step up and prove themselves in front of a proper rock audience having filled some very successful and high profile shows at festivals of late. Promotions from tent to mainstage are all likely for the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six and We Are Scientists, having amassed significant bodies of work, and opening slots for Twin Atlantic and The Naked and Famous are key opportunities for two bands who have gained a fair amount of Radio 1 support, one of the main sponsors of the festival. All three mainstage days fit Festival Republic's usual structure of Alternative and Indie, completed by a day of harder rock on the Sunday.
In terms of the NME tent, I'm a tiny bit sceptical to see Two Door Cinema Club in a headline position: as much as I enjoy them, I'm not sure it is the best place for them to showcase new material, and they would be better suited playing second fiddle to the likes of Florence And The Machine or Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, two defining acts of 2011. The Maccabees however is a no brainer: they have more than paid their dues over the years and with three records in the bag, would have no problem filling a late night slot. The same story goes for Chase And Status: their star is definitely big enough to pack out a tent on the last night. Every band stated here to be playing that stage have received nothing but positivity from NME as a magazine (save perhaps for Viva Brother, but every Reading&Leeds has that one buzz band with a risk of backlash - see 2011's Odd Future.)
So what could be wrong with this image? First off, it may just be me, but I find it tricky to believe that Bloc Party would reunite without a visit to their spiritual home. A mainstage appearance from Biffy Clyro was also anticipated, not to mention Paramore, Klaxons, Mumford And Sons and La Roux, all making big comeback records this year. Still, the speculation is the best part isn't it? Who would YOU like to see on Bank Holiday weekend?