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New bands to get festival break
By Kev Geoghegan
Radio 1 music reporter

Fox Cubs
Fox Cubs singer Tim Baggott has never been to either festival

Huw Stephens has announced the line-up on the BBC Introducing stage at the Reading and Leeds festivals next month.

The list includes Scots glam punks Fangs, Ipso Facto and hotly tipped northern Irish band General Fiasco.

It is the first time the stage, which showcases the UK's best unsigned and emerging talent, has been invited to the event.

Artists like thecocknbullkid and Fight Like Apes played the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury in June.

Newbury indie pop band Fox Cubs also played at Worthy Farm and return to the Introducing line up at Reading and Leeds on 22-24 August.

Singer Tim Baggott told Newsbeat that he has happy memories of their set at Glasto.

He said: "It was hard work getting there and getting set up but when we started playing, it was perfect.

"None of us had ever been to Glastonbury before, so it was an honour."
Bryn Christopher
Bryn Christopher on the BBC Introducing Stage at Glastonbury

Compared with the likes of Mercury Prize nominees British Sea Power and, perhaps less flatteringly, The Hoosiers, Fox Cubs have been together for barely a year.

Baggott admits that being asked to play on the Introducing stage was reassuring.

He said: "We haven't really toured extensively or anything so to have Reading and Leeds as well is like getting the big three festivals in England.

"We're just really pleased that we've been asked."

Fox Cubs have recorded just two singles so far, the second of which, You Never Learn is out now.

Thomas Tantrum are a Southampton based quartet, who sound a little like the Ting Tings with a much fuller guitar-led sound.

It's also partly due to Katie White lookalike singer Megan Thomas who describes playing Reading as a "dream come true".
Thomas Tantrum
Thomas Tantrum release their debut album in August

She said: "We only heard a few weeks ago that we were going to be playing it and it's really exciting.

The band have supported the likes of The Futureheads and Glasvegas and recorded their debut album last summer.

It should be out on 25 August.

Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens is on the panel of judges who select the bands to play the Introducing stage.

He said: "The bands might not have an agent, or a manager, they may never have got on a festival line up before.

"This takes them there for the first time, and Reading and Leeds are the music fans' festivals.

"The emphasis is really on the line up, so to be there is just brilliant."



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