The Reading And Leeds Festivals kick off today (24-26 August). Obviously headliner The Cure, Foo Fighters and Kasabian will have no problem drawing a crowd, but whether you're going or watching on telly, here's five more picks from around the bill worthy leaving the Main Stage for. Plus read our insider's guide to the festival from the event's boss and download The Q Festival App for the latest line-ups, news and a messenger system to stay in touch on site.
Alt-J - Festival Republic Stage: Friday Reading/ Saturday Leeds
The chorally-enhanced indie types are featured as one of New To Q picks in our new issue, Q315 and worth seeing to understand why they've intrigued many eyes and ears with their debut album, An Awesome Wave.
Graham Coxon - NME/ Radio 1 Stage Friday Reading/ Saturday Leeds
Fresh from playing with his other band, Coxon is set to get noisy and fuzzy as he gets back to his punkish solo work. There were some big sing-a-longs in Hyde Park, but this set will be judged by the size of its mosh pit.
Metronomy - Dance Stage: Saturday Reading/ Sunday Leeds
When the Riviera Ravers played Field Day earlier this year they looked every bit the headliners in waiting. At this festival they do indeed top the bill, but with the Dance Tent something of an intimate affair it's a chance to hear festival anthems up close and personal.
At The Drive In - NME/ Radio 1 Stage: Saturday Reading/ Sunday Leeds
Having reformed for some US dates earlier this year, this is a rare UK chance to see the post-hardcore lords do what they do best, make a tonne of noise. Such is their appear, The Cribs agreed to go on before them on the festival's second stage just so they got to see At The Drive-In twice.
Howler - NME/ Radio 1 Stage: Friday Leeds / Sunday Reading
They've over come the incredibly tough comparisons to The Strokes, they even had some fun by pretending their drummer was Prince's son, but this whirlwind of angular guitars and tight jeans from Minneapolis has matured into a frenetic, urgent band entire of their own making. Certainly a group worth shouting about.
10:55 AM | 24/08/2012
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