Make no mistake about it; The Hold Steady are one of the greatest bands on the planet, and Uncut loves them. The Brooklyn-based outfit have produced three albums to wide critical acclaim and their last, Boys And Girls In America, was given five stars by our editor, Allan Jones.
The Hold Steady will be headlining the Carling stage in Leeds on Friday and in Reading on Sunday. If their previous showstopping sets at Glastonbury and Latitude are any indication, expect lashings of material from all three of their albums to date – Boys And Girls. . ., and its predecessors, The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me and Separation Sunday.
As musically dynamic as the E Street Band in their turbo-charged prime, The Hold Steady draw unashamedly on the classic rock swagger of Springsteen, the Stones and The Replacements and in Craig Finn have a lyricists whose songs are passionate hymns to the redemptive power of rock’n’roll, full of testifying rapture, soiled and tattered vignettes about live in the teenage wastelands.
The Hold Steady will be headlining the Carling Stage in Leeds on Friday and on Sunday in Reading. They will be appearing alongside Peter Bjorn And John, Seasick Steve, Charlotte Hatherley, Kate Nash, Maps, Little Ones, Kubichek!, Operator Please, Republic of Loose, Kharma 45, I Was A Cub Scout, Make Model and Stalkers.
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