Reading & Leeds: The Ultimate Guide – Inside This Week’s NME
From self-destructive drug overdoses to technological breakthroughs, revolutionary DIY internet releases and concept albums about dystopian future Americas and doomed rock stars recorded in the Sharon Tate murder house: for over twenty years Trent Reznor has been a pioneering and boundary-shattering figure in industrial tech-rock. NME travels to his LA underworld to discuss near death experiences, CIA whistleblowers, the future of online music and the awesome new show the reformed Nine Inch Nails are bringing to Reading & Leeds.
Continuing our mammoth Reading & Leeds preview, we corner Jake Bugg in New York to chat supermodel girlfriend rumours, breaking America, recording his second album with Rick Rubin and going shopping at Robert Johnson’s crossroads. But what on Earth was he doing sat on Harrison Ford’s son’s roof at dawn?
Flaming drumkits! Bumblebees playing trumpets! Surprise lunchtime sets! NME traces the rollercoaster history of Green Day at Reading & Leeds, from their 1995 debut to their second headline slot in 2013. All the stories, all the set-lists, all the punk-pop mania…
Birmingham’s Peace open their Reading & Leeds photo album and revisit the reluctant head-shavings, panic attacks, campfire jams and incongruous gimps of their days as Reading festival punters.
Haim recall the agonies of having to turn down the chance to guest on ‘AM’ – “maybe the worst day of my life” – and how actually meeting the Monkeys would probably make them “throw up my brain”. Meanwhile, their debut album approaches completion; NME investigates the “telepathic” making of one of 2013’s most hotly anticipated records.
Window shopping for overpriced fag butts at Pete’s Rag & Bone shop! John Niven talks rock excess! David Byrne and St Vincent do existential karate! Radar star Chloe Howl invents the word ”bullshat”! Alan McGee takes our Braincells quiz! And V Festival, Franz Ferdinand, King Krule, Belle & Sebastian, AlunaGeorge and Grimes reviewed!