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04:18 PM on 11/29/12
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Reading used to always have a "Metal Day" on a Sunday until a few years ago when it got traded for a more American emo/pop punk kinda day. If anything it needs to go back to how it was a few years ago and a day like that which you mentioned with the suggested bands for a Sunday again would be great.
From what I've heard, there won't be a return to a "metal day" for several reasons. Firstly, it doesn't really go with the rest of the festival, and secondly, the emergence of Sonisphere and Hevy, alongside Download, mean that metal festivals are pretty well covered.

Obvious acts are TDCC, Twin Atlantic, Lower Than Atlantis, Deaf Havana, The Vaccines, Jake Bugg and Florence And The Machine. I would expect most, if not all, to be on the bill this year.

Biffy Clyro will probably headline one day.
10:37 AM on 11/30/12
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I'd agree if it wasn't changing itself up so much in general this coming year, with the introduction of 3 more stages covering various genres a return to a "Metal Day" might be a great thing to do/something they may encourage.

If The Vaccines are there again, I'll be surprised/bored for sure. They were main stage and fairly high up last year, with nothing new album wise by next year, that would be a bad booking.

A much as I enjoy the album, and want to see a full set, alt-J as a headline on NME/Radio 1 stage is too much this early in their life as a band.
As good as it is that the festival is adding new things and stages, the addition of acts like Skepta has me worried. R&L is a rock and indie festival, I just hope they don't ruin it like Glastonbury.

And while I agree, they will probably be there, their new album has had quite a few successful singles since then so I could see it happening.

True but it is worth taking into account that Sonisphere died on its arse this year, and Hevy is more Lock-Up type stuff than the sort of really big heavier bands who'd probably be high up on the main stages.
Agreed, but I still think Download has the market 100% cornered, plus Sonisphere will probably come back having learnt from last year.

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