NME Festival blog: How The Kooks, The Wombats and Scouting For Girls survived the indie landfill

A clutch of mid-noughties artists have risen from the ashes of #indieamnesty to fight another day. But how?

When The Kooks played Reading & Leeds Festival in 2014, they caused a stampede akin to the The Lion King’s charging wildebeest sequence. Stumbling and racing their way into an overspilling NME/Radio 1 Stage, and almost drowning out vocalist Luke Pritchard during ‘Naive’, their crowd was easily one of the wildest of the entire festival. Witnessing the whole thing unfold as somebody who remembers The Kooks…


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