Checking over this year’s LEEDS FESTIVAL line-up for the millionth time – the stage times are just being revealed – I’ve plucked a handful of acts which are definitely on my must-see list. Who’s on yours? >>
BATTLE LINES >> BBC Introducing Stage (Friday)
Winners of the Futuresound competition, Leeds dream-rock quartet BATTLE LINES open the Festival Republic Stage. Their fusion of soaring, spectral guitars and deep electronics is so good - check out new tune Colonies. They're touring with Coheed And Cambria in the autumn, too.
PHOENIX >> NME/Radio 1 Stage (Friday)
While the Biffy boys do the rock with their tops off, French guitar-pop outfit PHOENIX will be making the NME/Radio1 tent bounce. Back with a new album, Bankrupt!, since they last played in the same tent , there's going to be more cool indie-disco anthems to dance to.
FRANK TURNER >> Main Stage (Saturday)
Dave Grohl might be the nicest guy in rock, but FRANK TURNER is the nicest guy in folk-rock. This will be his seventh Leeds Festival appearance, and we've seen - I think - each one. His new album, Tape Deck Heart is great. As is his beer, Believe. Cheers!
MØ >> Festival Republic Stage (Saturday)
With the looks of Lady Sovereign but the sounds of Grimes and Lykke Li, Danish electro-pop princess MØ (Karen Marie Ørsted) is so cool. It's early days for her - she's only released a handful of tracks (one with dance supremo Avicii) - but she's set for good, good thngs.
LONDON GRAMMAR >> Transgressive Late Night Stage
London trio LONDON GRAMMAR have become one of the buzz bands of the year, with their beautifully haunting breakthrough single Wasting My Young Years. Singer Hannah's voice is just stunning. This is going to be a popular show.
QUICKSAND >> Lock Up Stage (Saturday)
Personally, New York post-hardcore heroes QUICKSAND are this year's ultimate must-see. It's been nearly 20 years since I last saw them live. Bassist Sergio Vega will also be playing with Deftones on the Main Stage the same day.
THE 1975 >> Festival Republic Stage (Sunday)
Don't know if we've mentioned it much, but we love THE 1975. Ever since we saw their first-ever headline show at the Cockpit last December, we knew they were going to be HUGE. Their debut album is out on September 2. Get there early, though. The tent is going to be PACKED.
HAIM >> NME/Radio 1 Stage (Friday)
I've got to admit, it took ages for me to warm to HAIM and their Fleetwood Mac-inspired Cali-hippy rock. Now they're on my must-see list. If just for Este's bass face. Their highly-anticipated debut album Days Are Gone is out on September 30.
KING NO-ONE >> BBC Introducing Stage (Saturday)
If you've had a day out in York, you may have heard KING NO-ONE busking in the streets of the fine city. The indie-rock four-piece won this year's Centre Stage competition, earning them a well-deserved spot on the BBC Introducing Stage.
FOALS >> Main Stage (Sunday)
Oxford's math-rock superheroes FOALS are no strangers to Leeds Festival, working their way up from the Carling Stage in 2007 to the Main Stage. New album Holy Fire is all kinds of awesome. It's going to be such an ace show. We're excited.
EDITORS >> Main Stage (Friday)
It's good to see EDITORS back. Their new album The Weight Of Your Love came out in June. It's suitably dark and brooding. We've not seen them since they headlined Bingley Music Live in 2009 - can't believe it's been that long, really. Wow.
THEME PARK >> NME/Radio 1 Stage (Sunday)
London trio THEME PARK were a highlight of Live At Leeds back in May for me. Their perky guitar-pop is so ridiculously infectious, it's the sound of summer, so let's have it! Twins Marcus and Miles Haughton are the cousins of The 1975 drummer George Daniel, fact fans.
HAWK EYES >> Rock Stage (Friday)
Leeds rockers HAWK EYES have spent the last couple of weeks tearing up Europe with their joyous metal. They're a full-on powerhouse outfit, and they're gonna be giving Leeds Festival a proper wake-up call with tunes from new EP That's What This Is.
CHVRCHES >> Festival Republic Stage (Saturday)
I first heard of Glaswegian trio CHVRCHES on a late-night drive up the M1. The Mother We Share came on the radio and I was hooked. Beautiful song. Luckily, it's being re-released on September 16, a week before their debut album, The Bones Of What You Believe.