Leeds festival goers will be kicking things off early this year with local label Dance To The Radio starting the live music on Thursday 23rd August. The arena will open at 5.00pm and an entire roster of British bands are set to make an appearance, including:

The ever popular and poppy Little Comets bringing their trademark brand of 'kitchen sink indie' to the stage. The band is following their debut album 'In Search Of...', with their much anticipated second full-length release 'Life Is Elsewhere' due out on the eve of the festival.

Various Cruelties, the west London four-piece burst into life in 2010 with a couple of well received singles and plenty of hyperbole. The band is essentially the musical vehicle of the prodigiously talented Liam O'Donnell and earlier this year saw the release of their self-titled debut on the small but perfectly formed Hideout Recordings.

Made famous by American television shows, Bradford band Scars On 45 found success when one of their tracks was picked to be used on 'CSI New York'. They've since performed on the 'Jay Leno show' and their debut eponymous album was picked as one of the top ten albums of 2012 by Amazon. Welcome them back to Yorkshire at Leeds.

China Rats are a rock 'n' roll band from Leeds who are inspired by a love of punk, 50's pop and the best British guitar bands. Having already got the attention of BBC DJ's such as Huw Stephens and Tom Robinson, their pop-punk charm is sure to win you over.

Likely Lads are a four-piece rock band from York. With over 400,000 YouTube views and counting on their demos, the band has taken great strides towards becoming the most promising outfit to emerge from the North of England in some time.

These new acts join Main Stage headliners Foo Fighters, The Cure, Kasabian plus The Black Keys, Paramore, Florence + the Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Vaccines, Justice, The Maccabees, At The Drive-In and many many more.

Reading and Leeds Festival is held from 24th to 26th August 2012 at Little John's Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. The full line-up and further information can be found at readingfestival.com and leedsfestival.com.