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Mega-Party at Reading & Leeds Festivals

Crowds of music lovers are flocking to the Reading and Leeds Festivals this weekend, many camping out for the entire three-day bank holiday weekend event. Running simultaneously at Little John's Farm in central Reading and two hundred miles away at Bramham Park near Wetherby, the venues have multiple stages and feature the same lineup. Started in 1961, the Reading Festival is the older of the two events, and is considered to be the world's longest running music festival, even though it has changed its format from time to time over the years. Weather forecasters are predicting sunshine for the weekend, although rain has never been known to dampen the party atmosphere and many festival-goers are well prepared for all weather, with shorts, t-shirts and wellington boots being a common sight.

The lineup for the Reading and Leeds Festivals is both lengthy and impressive. Music aficionados have come up with some recommendations for attendees who are having difficulty deciding where to focus their attention. On the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage in Reading on Sunday and Leeds on Friday, Kwabs started out in 2012 and is starting to make waves with his rich baritone and soulful electronic accompaniment. Hailing from East London, Jungle is set to keep the party moving on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage in Leeds on Friday and Reading on Sunday. Initially part of indie band Born Blonde, Josh Lloyd-Watson and Tom McFarland formed Jungle in early-2013. Wildlife noises and tropical-style percussion are features of their music which has been described as being 1970s-style funk.

Bombay Bicycle Club will be at Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday, with their indie/folk style tunes that have the crowds singing along, while American pop-punk trio Blink-182 are set to headline the Main Stage at Reading on Sunday and Leeds on Friday. Other acts on the Reading and Leeds Festival program include Arctic Monkeys, Paramore, Disclosure, Metronomy, Klaxons, Fat White Family, Duke Dumont, and Lizzo, to mention a few. Party responsibly and enjoy!


Country Music HOF Honors Kenny Rogers

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, is paying tribute to Hall of Fame inductee Kenny Rogers with a new exhibition detailing his lengthy and ongoing career in the music industry. Entitled Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, the exhibition opens August 15 and will remain open to the public through to June 14, 2015. Visitors to the Country Music HOF will have the opportunity to view some of the numerous awards made to the popular singer-songwriter, who has sold more than 165 million records worldwide and charted over 120 hit singles in various genres.


Spotlight On: The Beatles

Widely considered to be one of the best bands of all time, The Beatles took the world by storm in the 1960s, stirring up emotions among fans in a phenomenon that came to be known as 'Beatlemania'. This fan-frenzy is well documented in film footage of The Beatles arriving at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport and when the 'Fab Four' from Liverpool performed on The Ed Sullivan Show, with (mainly female) fans screaming, crying and fainting. Their music started out mainly as rock 'n roll, with later albums experimenting with a variety of genres, such as pop ballad, hard rock and psychedelic, with elements of classical music skillfully blended in.



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