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40 bands will battle it out in the heats of Futuresound 2016

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Published on 29th May 2016.


40 bands will battle it out in the heats of Futuresound 2016

This June and July 40 bands will battle it out in the heats of the annual Futuresound Competition at The Wardrobe hoping for the chance to play at both sites of the Reading & Leeds Festival.

Five runners up will win a slot on the BBC Introducing Stage and the winner will play The Festival Republic Stage in August.

Thursday 23rd June: As Sirens Fall + Party Hardly + Young Amphibians + We Built A Mountain
Friday 24th June: Adore//Repel + Kumiko + The Dangerhounds + Neon Dolls
Thursday 30th June: The Elephant Trees + Brooders + Chambers + Headrow
Sunday 3rd July: Bring The Wolf + Cat-Una + Charlie Padfield & The Gamma Rays + Lion Papers
Friday 8th July: Alyshah + Bloodshake + Caro + Humble Scoundrel
Saturday 9th July: Treeboy & Arc + Tusk + Mad Love + Lost Ground
Wednesday 13th July: Night Owls + The Contravenes + Contrarians + Katie Dean
Friday 15th July: Fighting Caravans + Edgar Duke + Atlanta House + Vexxes
Sunday 17th July: The Velveteens + The Indigo Project + Ramona Rose + Heir
Thursday 21st July: The Loose Cut + People Poems + Peakes + Dusk

Good luck to all the bands taking part!



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39 bands associated with this article.

As Sirens Fall

Five piece rock band from Keighley

Party Hardly

Originating in the vibrant city of Leeds, Party Hardly manage to create the perfect combination of heavy rock and indie whilst retaining their DIY ethics.

Young Amphibians

Alternative Rock band based in Leeds

We Built A Mountain

Indie/pop, guitar hooks, catchy melodies, festival fun


3 piece noise from West Yorkshire


Female-fronted Leeds-based art-rock/alternative collective

The Dangerhounds

We are The Dangerhounds, a Leeds based indie rock band taking influence from the likes of Kings of Leon, The Wombats and The Strokes.

The Elephant Trees

Acoustic-led (but loud) indie/alt-rock from Leeds


Psych-Grunge Trio. Making loud noises louder. Making parents get worried. Forever brooding...


Headrow are a young indie rock band from Leeds, formed in 2012. Elements of indie, shoegazey sonic invention, underpinned by tight drums and a hint of post-punk, all help to make up their sound. Influences include: Radiohead, Bloc Party, Arctic Monkeys, and Ride.

Bring The Wolf

Rock n Roll/ Blues Band from Harrogate

Charlie Padfield & The Gamma Rays

Charlie Padfield, purveyor of Yorkshire's finest alternative rock since 1996!

Lion Papers

Two piece lively acoustic pop band from York


Singer // Songwriter


Alyshah Jackson is a singer-songwriter from California, currently working on the early stages of her music career in Leeds


Punk/Grunge from Halifax

Humble Scoundrel

A blues tickled, funk spanked, ruckus rock 3 piece. Making a scene live is their business.

Night Owls

Grunge-Pop band hailing from Leeds, UK.

Katie Dean


Fighting Caravans

5 piece alt-rock band with Americana/Blues overtones.


Five piece band from Leeds

The Loose Cut

Alternative blues rock from Leeds

Treeboy & Arc

Jazz acid house death metal fusion


Psyche-Rock band from Leeds

Mad Love

Angry Northern Teenage Noise


A unique take of alt-rock with hints of Eastern European folk and classical

Edgar Duke

Funk-pop / psychedelic blues band from Leeds

Atlanta House

Leeds based 5 piece Indie/Rock band with deep indie roots, post-punk grit and pop sensibilities.


Alternative rock band from Leeds

The Velveteens

5-piece rock n roll band from Leeds. Inspired by music from the 50s/60s/70s.

The Indigo Project

Up and coming 5 piece indie rock band from Leeds.

Ramona Rose

Rock singer. Trouble maker. First single 'Jealous Heart' out now.

People Poems

People Poems are an acoustic duo based in Leeds


The striking combination of dark synthetic sounds and aggressive rhythms led by an emotive female vocal combine to create Leeds based band Dusk.