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Another year of the Reading & Leeds festival has passed and it’s another year I’m glad I watched from the comfort of my settee. Any twang of envy felt observing the human pyramids is dismissed with the unwelcome memory of wading in human effluent and resorting to rip-off greasy burgers. Now, let’s talk music: who were the Festival Republic stars of 2012 and who deserves to be detained in the Lock Up, key thrown away?

Endeavouring to steer clear of endorsing the same bands, I must nevertheless give nods to Florence and the Machine & The Black Keys. Flo’ flourished in her main stage slot, prancing about the floor as balletic as ever, the day two deluge failing to dampen her spirits. The rabbit-hearted, ex-art school Welch also entertained when giving her security guard the slip.

Meanwhile, Black Keys’ showcased their 7th sleeve El Camino (“the way”) which has helped pave “their route” to mainstream success. Dan Auerbach ground out the bluesy guitars whilst Patrick Carney pounded the percussions like they were bin lids. Such has been the Keys’ parachuting to stardom, teenage girls were spotted wearing self-decorated t-shirts sporting the messages “I’m Howlin’ for You Dan” and “Dan, I’ll be your Next Girl!” The opening two numbers did not disappoint.

As for the headliners? The Cure were a bore – Robert Smith‘s pallid appearance threatening to actually make boys cry…  Kasabian were also something of a mixed bag. Fire caught on but for the most part Meighan and co looked subdued. Fortunate then that Foo Fighters‘ three hour closing stint was a true lesson in rock & roll brilliance.

Lowlight of the week, perhaps, came from the lips of Fearne ‘amazing’ Cotton when she hailed The Hives set in the NME Tent as “so live”. Sometimes it is just better to say nothing. Quite how “so live” distinguishes The Hives from the 200-or-so other, very much live acts performing over the weekend is a mystery! Maybe miming is secretly more widespread at festivals than we are led to believe… The freeze-frame with which The Hives finished mirrored the astonishment on my chops whenJubilee sickbagCotton dropped this latest cherry.

Excited I am (Yoda talk) to announce the launch of Monograph TV: a media-rammed “television platform” which aims to promote fresh musical talent from the city that KasabianShowaddywaddy call home – Leicester!

Monograph TV is the latest branch of The Monograph empire, which, as I type, (it’s proliferating so quickly) encompasses a blazing hot Monograph website and a quarterly-released, ever-expanding Monograph newspaper (print edition).

Already featuring interviews with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Charlie & The Martyrs and the prodigiously talented ska ensemble By The Rivers, Monograph TV has sprung to life faster than a David Attenborough documentary.

To submit a music video, interview, documentary, live performance, studio rehearsal, busking set, podcast, or any other type of media that my incomprehensible mind cannot yet fathom, follow the instructions here to get it uploaded and online: http://www.themonograph.co.uk/tv/submit

DO NOT FORGET – although Monograph TV covers Leicester acts primarily, the famous Summer Sundae festival hosted on De Montfort Gardens sees a whole variety of country-wide bands flood into the Jewry Wall boundaries. Therefore anything from any associated band would be welcomed with open arms like the return to Leicester City of long-lost son Emile Heskey!

Visit: http://www.themonograph.co.uk/tv/

Reading & Leeds NME tent has a rich tradition of spawning the latest talent. A few years back Pendulum, Vampire Weekend and later Florence & The Machine all made their impact.

This year it’s The Vaccines and Justin Young’s blaring lyrics of Wetsuit and Eh-eheh-eheh-eh-Eleanor. Their highlight is a cover of pre-punk band The Standells’ 60’s number Good Guys Don’t Wear White. Tom Furse AKA Tom Cowan of The Horrors delivers a Stranglers sound with the quality keyboard riffs echoing of No More Heroes.

Cue Norgaard. The triumphant two-and-a-half minute set-ender is such a Ramones-esque romp, spontaneous yelps of “Blitzkrieg Bop” are expected at any moment.

Click here to watch interactive highlights.

Good Guys Don’t Wear White is at 21:30.

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