It's official. Reading + Leeds Festival 2016 is over. You've caught up on your sleep, the dirt and glitter has FINALLY washed away and you've watched your blurry, distorted videos a thousand times over to just squeeze that last little bit of juice out of an oh-so-perfectly-ripe peach of a weekend. So what now? Sitting at your desk, telling everybody how Biffy Clyro put on one of the best shows you've seen and that Arcane Roots are still criminally underrated despite their considerably high position on the bill. Truth is, people are sick of hearing about it. Everyone, that is, except for you. So it's time to evolve that conversation.
Now that we are a full week removed from rock music's greatest weekend on the calendar, it's only right that the wild speculation begins. A frenzy of theories and wishlists about the lineup for next year. It's only 51 weekends away! Tickets have been on sale for a full week. Won't somebody think of the lineup?!
The good news is we have you covered, because we are in the exact same position. Leave your comments and wishlists below and let us know who you want to see, but here are Mosh's top picks for Reading + Leeds 2017.
NME/Radio 1 Stage headliners – ???
This is where it gets tricky. Who are big enough to warrant a headline slot on the second stage, over a high billing on the Main Stage. In recent years, we have seen the likes of Alt-J, Skrillex and Limp Bizkit. Who is going to get the job of competing with the headliners, whoever they wind up being?
As mentioned, Brand New could well be a wise choice, as their loyal, if somewhat tortured fans will follow that band to the ends of the Earth, but who else?
One choice could well be You Me At Six who wound up being the surprise guests at 2016’s event, tearing The Pit apart. With their new album Night People in the pipeline for January 2017, could we be treated to a bumped up slot for the boys from Surrey? In a similar vein, Slaves have proven themselves to be one of the hardest working bands on the circuit. They are currently on their small club Back In The Van tour, ahead of their second album Take Control which comes just a year after their debut album Are You Satisfied? Could they be rewarded with a slot heading up the second stage? Possibly, although it may be a long shot.
Another safe bet could well be the return of Sum 41. 13 Voices comes out in October and fans are chomping at the bit to see a triumphant return from Deryck Whibley after his public troubles recently. They certainly have the back catalog to bolster a slot such as this and there will not be a single person on the festival site that doesn’t know those opening chords to ‘Fat Lip‘.