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Does the Reading/Leeds lineup prove rock is dead? (No)

The bill at this year’s festival has revived the argument that guitar bands are over. But newbies, from Starcrawler to the Sherlocks – and some old favourites – offer hope

‘That lineup is absolutely shocking!” “I’m putting my ticket up for sale for 17 pence because that’s all the lineup is worth.” This year’s Reading/Leeds festival bill has been met with howls of outrage from those who think the event should remain the preserve of hoary old guitar bands, not an eclectic mix of grime and hip-hop. The appearance of headliner Kendrick Lamar and grime star Skepta – alongside some particularly hoary old rock faithfuls – has revived an old argument: that rock music is dead. So is there anyone out there who can save it? Here are a handful of contenders.

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