This article was published in 2008.

This year sees the debut of the BBC Introducing Stage at both Reading and Leeds Festivals (the stage was formerly the Unsigned Stage at the Leeds site only). The bands on the stage are chosen by a combination of the BBC - through their UK-wide network of Introducing shows and a panel of music experts led by Huw Stephens - Sandman magazine and Leeds based promoters Futuresound.

The BBC Introducing Stage will feature the following bands throughout the weekend with more names to be announced shortly: Attack Attack, The Cherry Cobb Cartel, Darlings of the Split Screen, Eureka Machines, Fangs, FF'ers, Flash Guns, Fox Cubs, General Fiasco, Hungry Ghosts, i concur, Ipso facto, Kid iD, The Last People on Earth, Loqui, The Maybes, New York Fund, Our Fold, Out From Animals, Pulled Apart by Horses, Razmatazzlorryexcitement, Situationists, Skeletons, That Fucking Tank, Thomas Tantrum, Tiger Shadow, and Tripwires.

More bands will be announced shortly.