Reading & Leeds Festival Our Guide – Indietronica Artists

So you’re heading to the festival which was born and raised a rock festival but which seems to be getting more and more indie and pop headliners? That’s OK, cause turns out that there’s some pretty cool synth-driven indie acts playing, both bigwigs and new artists. And if you’re into that kinda thing and aren’t too sure about who to watch, don’t worry! Here’s our guide as to all the indietronica artists playing over the weekend. Hot tips are starred (*) and listen to the whole playlist below.

Phoenix – Indietronica heavyweights and french electro-indie at its finest, their recent album ‘Bankrupt!’ has been played many times at the Indietronica office. ‘Trying to be Cool’ is not only an awesome song, but it has an awesome video to go with it. Watch it here.

MS MR* – This US duo make fun quirky pop and videos about dysfunctional American traditions to accompany it. Read our review of ‘Hurricane’ here.

Thumpers* – These London newbies make cool alt-pop indie and ‘Unkinder (A Tougher Love)’  is an absolute tune.

Foals – Oxford five-piece play one of the best live sets of any current artist, persistently selling out, so if you get a chance to go see them, do. They’ve just had an album out; ‘Holy Fire’

Bastille, and Dan Smith’s massive hair, will be playing an enjoyable show and ensuring their big powerful melodies will have the whole crowd singing along.

Alt-J – The hottest band of 2012, sold out shows all around the world and won the Mercury Prize. Watch ‘Breezeblocks’ here.

Themepark released their debut album earlier this year. Watch ‘Ghosts’ here and I challenge you not to bop your head!

Alunageorge – Having recently released debut album in a unique way, this London duo burst into mainstream over the past few months, and we can see why with their punchy RnB indietronica.

White Lies – These British lads have just released a new album and maintained their position as masters of the stadium indie synth-pop. Also they are EPIC live. Watch the ‘There Goes Our Love’ video here.

Fenech-Soler recently made a beautiful video about a Jamaican surf school family which just emphasises how uplifting the music they make is.

Jagwar Ma* bring a ‘Madchester’ / Stone Roses / Happy Mondays feel to indietronica. Watch ‘Man I Need’ here.

Big Black Delta* has been touring with collaborator and fan M83 and his use of heavy 80s repetitive synth pulses is something we are a big fan off. Watch the very cool video below for ‘Side of the Road’.

Charli XCX came to fame with gothic indietronica tune ‘Stay Away’ which is still my favourite of her songs today. Although she has moved to a more 90s pop/hip hop-attitude act, she’s still pretty cool, and has just announced she’s going on tour with rock band Paramore.

Clean Bandit* take a ‘classic music’ edge to indietronica, using string musicians to add to their sound to great success. Watch ‘Dust Clears’ below.

Manchester trio Is Tropical rose to fame in 2011 with ‘The Greeks’

Bag Raiders (DJ Set) are an Australian pair who will be DJing house-indietronica.

Duologue – I have to admit we hadn’t heard of this guy until seeing him listed on the festival line-up, but I checked him out and I was most impressed. He’s certainly comparable to later Radiohead. ‘Underworld’ is a melancholy textured minimal pop song.

Hadouken! are reborn as an anthemic electro-punk juggernaut and their live show will no doubt be THE party at Reading and Leeds! Watch ‘Levitate’ here.

MØ* is the effortlessly cool Danish vocalist Karen Marie Ørsted. Watch ‘Waste of Time’ here.

CHVRCHES are a synth driven alt-pop band from Glasgow, with bubblegum sweet vocals of Lauren Mayberry. Watch ‘Gun’ below.

Chapel Club – These guys have been on the scene for a while now and have reinvented themselves with a new synth-pop edge. Watch new single ‘Shy’ here.

Dan Croll – This Liverpudlian makes folk/psychedelic indietronica which sounds great! Check out ‘Compliment You Soul’ here.

Prides are a Scottish trio, who make synth-indie indietronica. Listen to ‘Out of the Blue’ here.

NIN – Not so sure if we can claim these guys are industrial-indietronica, seeing as they have been around far longer than this genre is associated with. But their influence is so clearly apparent in many modern synth driven bands, that given the chance to watch these forefathers of modern synth and electronic music, do!