1. Biffy Clyro (Main Stage, Saturday)
The Scottish three-piece have become one of the most popular draws on the live circuit since the release of their fourth album, Puzzle, in 2007 and last year’s Only Revolutions. It’s not hard to see why. Combining the powerhouse drumming of Ben Johnston with memorable melodies, three-part vocals and chaotic guitars, they’re one seriously accomplished rock band and they make quite a racket for a three-piece.
2. The Black Keys (Main Stage, Friday)
OK, so there may be only two of them – vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney – but The Black Keys are one of the loudest rock acts on the planet, collaborations with DangerMouse, Q-Tip and Mos Def notwithstanding.
3. Editors (Vodafone Stage, Saturday)
One of Art Director Simon Roche’s favourite bands, Editors have grown out of those early Interpol comparisons to form their own niche in the miserablist rock canon. Incendiary live shows belie the often melancholy nature of songs like -Smokers Outside The Hospital Door’, however.
4. Ash (Heineken Green Spheres, Saturday)
They may be around for what seems like forever, but Tim Wheeler, Mark Hamilton and Rick McMurray remain one of the finest live acts this island has ever produced. With a back catalogue of hits as long as your arm, they could be forgiven for resting on their laurels, but the three-piece are ridiculously prolific, with their recent A-Z Singles Series giving us the stunning -Return Of White Rabbit’.
5. General Fiasco (Heineken Green Spheres, Sunday)
Impressing the likes Zane Lowe and Steve Lamacq with their debut album Buildings, General Fiasco have been rocking the Irish music scene since 2007. They recently supported Snow Patrol at their massive homecoming gig in Ward Park and are set to support, em, Jet, in Shepherd’s Bush in London next week. Whatever about the headliners these boys are obviously doing something right.