Singer added to bill

Returning songwriter Jack Penate is the latest top name to be added to the bill for Reading and Leeds.

Jack Penate erupted onto the music scene in 2007 as a hot young thing, yet the press ignored his long musical education. Years on the London open mic scene had served Penate well, allowing him to work on his music free of overwhelming attention.

All that changed with his debut album however. Hailed as a saviour for the British music scene, Penate's first offering 'Matinee' was buried beneath missed opportunities.

Yet critics weren't allowing the songwriter to explain himself. Sure, the album didn't live up to the hype but given the attention that was foisted upon him little could. Retreating to his rehearsal room, Jack Penate began working on a new batch of material that came from a place much truer to who he really is.

Titled 'Everything Is New' Penate's second album is a clearing of the decks affair. Retaining the slick pop touch of his debut, the new record feels much more natural with the singer's unforced voice soothing and coaxing the listener.

A surprise success, Jack Penate has followed the album with a series of successful tour dates. Much more at ease with himself, in a recent interview the songwriter claimed that he had to focus on who he was, and not who everyone seemed to want him to be.

A new edition to the bill, this year's Reading and Leeds festivals look to be a golden crop. Headlining are Arctic Monkeys, whose long awaited new album 'Humbug' is due for release later this summer.

With anticipation surrounding the release reaching fever pitch fans have flooded in to buy tickets. In addition to this Radiohead are set to make their only UK festival appearance of the summer at the event, playing a rare British date.

Also due to perform at Reading and Leeds are the likes of Kings Of Leon, Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy, Maximo Park, Bloc Party and many more.

Spread across two sites, three days and countless stages this summer's Reading and Leeds may just be the most ambitious yet. Don't go looking for tickets, though - those sold out a long time ago!

Reading and Leeds takes place between August 28th - 30th.


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