In a few days time I will be spending my tenth August Bank Holiday in-a-row in a field watching bands and no doubt the funnest weekend of the year. The first eight of these ten years were spent in Leeds than last year I decided after three years living in the south I would go to Reading, it was hard to admit but it was much better than Leeds and for that the reason I’m going back to the southern leg of festival. After last years main-stage indie fest Festival Republic have gone a bit heavier for the bigger performers this time round. That’s fine by me, I’m rarely impressed by bands on the main stage, very few pull it off, Arcade Fire are probably the last to blow me away back in 2007. They are back this year to perform songs off their chart topping new album, The Suburbs when they follow the newly reformed Libertines on the Saturday night. You’d be mistaken for thinking this years festival was sponsored by Friends Reunited as it isn’t just The Libertines who’ve recently reformed that are performing. Joining them are the headliners Guns & Roses and Blink 182 as well as ‘nu-metalers’ Limp Bizkit. Although I will be looking forward to Saturday night for Arcade Fire and The Libertines there is a lot more to get excited about amongst the six stages. Friday kicks off with Sunderland five-piece Frankie & the Heartstrings on the NME/Radio 1 Stage who will offer high-energy and jerky indie-pop, the perfect start to a festival. The stage offers a lot of mediocre indie for Friday afternoon until Yeasayer bring their odd pop then the evening becomes lively with some dance infused indie from Delphic, Phoenix and LCD Sound System, Mumford & Sons are strangely shoved in the middle bringing a hoe-down to Reading. There is a lot of new talent appearing on in the Festival Republic tent on the Friday which is headlined by pop-starlet Marina & the Diamonds. Highlights include New York cult hero Adam Green, the dreamy sounds of Summer Camp and the psychedelic noise from the girls of Warpaint. The main stage is full of festival favourites warming up for what could be an Axl Rose car crash moment. Biffy Clyro never fail to disappoint any crowd whilst Lostprophets are likely to encourage some sing-a-long rock before the hard-hitting Queens Of The Stoneage celebrate their ten year anniversary of their seminal album, Rated R. With Saturday’s main stage being taken over by the indie kids the NME/Radio 1 tent gets a lot louder with the likes of the shouty Rolo Tomassi, System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian and drum ‘n’ bass chancer’s Pendulum. While this is going off Mystery Jets, The Maccabees and The Cribs will be wetting the appetite of the main stage crowd before the most anticipated performance of the weekend, The Libertines, this could be amazing or horrific. Either way the sublime Arcade Fire are likely to steal the show with their well renowned energetic and epic live shows. The Festival Republic tent will be hosting more hotly tipped acts including Sheffield’s The Crookes, new up-starts Yuck and Chapel Club as well as Mercury nominated Villagers. If The Libertines fail to fill all my nostalgia needs then Sunday’s headliners Blink 182 will take me back to my youth but clashing with Klaxons will mean I am unlikely to catch them. Paramore precede Blink but with We Are Scientists on the NME/Radio 1 stage it will prove unlikely to catch a quick peek at Hayley Williams. Through the day the main stage offers plenty of American acts for the 15 year olds. Los Campesinos!’s performance on the NME/Radio 1 stage is not one to be missed. The Alternative Stage has a strong line-up throughout the weekend with comedy hero, Angelos Epithemiou is likely to draw a huge a crowd. With a line-up this good only the weather can ruin is the weekend and if the rubbish summer continues then wellies might be in order. Lets hope the sun has his hat on, let’s hope it is a red baseball back, worn backwards in honour of Fred Durst. Reading/Leeds Festival takes place this weekend. You can find out more information by heading to http://readingfestival.co.uk