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"We're absolutely buzzing" Foals and Disclosure Announced for Reading & Leeds 2016

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Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced their second wave of acts!

Foals and Disclosure are set to be co- headliners for this year’s three day event, taking place across Bank Holiday Weekend 26-28 August 2016.

Returning after their festival-stopping surprise set last year, 2016 will see Foals in their debut headline performance at Reading & Leeds along with dance phenomenon Disclosure, in their very first Major UK Festival headlining set.

Festival organiser, Melvin Benn commented: “I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. A co -headline with two of the most promising British acts out there; Foals secret set last year was a highlight for me, as I’m sure their debut headline slot will be, coupled with the phenomenal Disclosure – we’re very proud to be able to give these acts the recognition they deserve.”

Foals have said: “We're absolutely buzzing to be headlining Reading & Leeds this year. It's a dream come true. I used to watch Nirvana live at Reading '92, on vhs, repeatedly while dying my hair blue & learning how to play guitar, badly.

“We've worked our way up on our own terms & to be given the chance to headline one of the world’s most iconic festivals is a huge achievement for us & hopefully a sign for all bands, that, if you stick to your guns & focus on what matters, you'll get there & smash it. Onwards & upwards friends. Long live the guitar band”

"We’re incredibly excited to be co-headlining Reading and Leeds with our good friends Foals” says Disclosure.

“We've been going to Reading festival since we were kids and have played at both festivals several times, but never in a million years did we think we'd be at the top of the line-up, especially considering there hasn't been an electronic headliner since The Prodigy in 2002! Truly honoured."

In a European festival exclusive, Imagine Dragons will be returning to Reading & Leeds; with a catalogue of chart hits including ‘Radioactive’, ‘It’s Time’ and ‘Demons’.

Commenting on their appearance at Reading & Leeds this year, the band say:

“Reading and Leeds is one of the best festivals in the world. We look forward to the wonderful people. The music. And even the mud. See you soon."

Tickets are on sale now. Check out this link for more information.

Other newly announced additions:

Jack Ü

Two Door Cinema Club (UK Festival Exclusive)

Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive)

Crystal Castles

Parkway Drive (UK Festival Exclusive)

Nothing But Thieves

The Internet (UK Festival Exclusive)

Oliver Heldens

Hannah Wants

Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms

CassetteBoy vs DJ Rubbish 

Previously announced:

Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headliner: Festival Exclusive)

The 1975


Boy Better Know

Twenty One Pilots

Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)



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Festival Previews: Reading & Leeds 2015

  • Published in Live

As ever, Reading and Leeds Festival(s) fall over the last bank holiday weekend of the year, and though fairly late in the festival calendar, both sites provide punters with one last weekend of hedonistic debauchery before the darker months and cold weather begins to take hold. Traditionally offering attendees a mixture of both nostalgia and the cutting edge, recent years have seen the festival's line-up diversify even further, bringing in top names from grime, electronica and hip-hop to share stages with the usual fare of punk, rock and indie. Such changes haven't been without their share of criticisms, with naysayers claiming that it waters down the alternative nature of the festival, but for those who like to taste a bit of everything, but would rather not sully themselves with the hyper-corporate V Festival the weekend before, Reading and Leeds tick all the boxes.

This year's line-up unsurprisingly boasts a host of bands and artists that you grew up listening to, whilst providing a platform for those on the up. Where else could you see Limp Bizkit on the same line up as folk troubadours Bear's Den? Or see Frank Turner headline what's arguably the smallest stage on site? The answer to that is, probably nowhere.

Headlining this year are the recently reformed Libertines,who last graced the stages of Reading & Leeds back in 2010, making for one of my most memorable live music experiences ever. Joining them will be Mumford & Sons and Metallica, who, after their headline slot at last year's Glastonbury, are bound to pull out the stops for their appearance across both sites. Elsewhere over the course of the weekend, revellers can expect to see the likes of Deadmau5 rubbing shoulders with American Football, and the Boy Better Know crew bringing their uncompromising grime to the Radio 1extra tent at the same time as post-hardcore legends Refused tear the Lock Up Stage a new one.

It's eclectic, nostalgic, and, regardless of your opinion on the line-ups diversification, it's one of the most talked about festivals of the year. What it's critics fail to realise, is that though not every act on the bill will be to your own tastes, you don't have to watch those acts you don't like. Unless of course you're the sort of person who takes pleasure in trying to heckle a stage that's half a kilometre away, then there's certainly going to be one band or artist you want to see, when everyone else wants to go and watch Bastille. And even on the off-chance that there isn't, the festival offers a wealth of non-musical (and sometimes non-alcoholic) entertainment across the weekend.

Grab your wellies, quit your bitchin' and try to conceal the smug fact that you always knew learning all the words to Limp Bizkit's 'Rollin'' would come in handy some day!

In the words of Fred Durst himself: “Are You Ready?”


Reading and Leeds takes place across the last weekend in August, and tickets and more information can be found at the official website here.

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