Amongst the many festival heavyweights to appear annually, Reading and Leeds has always maintained its reputation as one of the best. Taking place on August Bank Holiday Weekend at Reading’s Richmondfield Avenue and Bramham Park in Leeds, these two festivals have become more and more diverse over the years, with this years line up proving to raise standards once again with 5 headliners across the three days and a whole load of UK Festival Exclusives.
Headlining Friday in Reading and Saturday in Leeds will be the Oxford born indie rockers Foals as well as Disclosure, one of the most in demand electronic duos in the world. Having just come off the back of an arena tour of their fourth studio album What Went Down, they are currently on the top of their game, as too are the young dance guns Disclosure, who will be performing live. Headlining Saturday at Reading and Sunday in Leeds will be the mighty Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who are also making their way round the world at the moment ahead of their next album that will be landing very shortly. The final day will see two UK Festival Exclusives for headliners Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro, both of whom have lots of history at Reading & Leeds and are sure to recieve a warm welcome back.
Across the rest of the line up, there are another 14 huge UK Festival Exclusives coming in the form of The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, HAIM, Lower Than Atlantis, Five Finger Death Punch, Sleeping With Sirens, The Neighbourhood, Asking Alexandra, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Travi$ Scott, G-Eazy, Die Antwoord, Highly Suspect and Cage The Elephant. This means you won’t get the chance to see these guys playing at any other festival this year except Reading and Leeds, which is causing a lot of buzz.
Also announced are a long line of music most in demand artists, with bands, DJs, and solo artists coming from the worlds of rock, metal, indie, grime, house, hip-hop and everything in between. These include:
Chvrches, Jack Garratt, The Wombats, Skindred, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, State Champs, Savages, Krept & Konan, Sigma, Half Moon Run, Basement, Blossoms, Mura Mura, Giggs, Netsky, Sundara Karma, AlunaGeorge, Duke Dumont, David Rodigan, Disciples, My Nu Leng B2B Oneman, MistaJam, Philip George, Riton, Birdy Nam Nam, Juaz, Wakrat, The King Blues, Kvelertak, FVK, Modern Baseball, Dead!, Creeper, Citizen, Maxïmo Park, Raleigh Ritchie, INHEAVEN, Tuff Love, Seratones, Section Boyz, Protoje, Lady Leshurr, DJ Semtex, Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Yungen
Tickets for Reading & Leeds Festival are on sale now
Words by Josh Plews
Photos courtesy of Festival Republic