The annual rock ‘n’ roll knees-up is still a few weeks away but we already know that Reading & Leeds Festival will be a highlight for many of you this year. The lineup already boasts some of the biggest names in the game and we’re already giddy at the prospect of seeing the hottest new bands around as well as huge headline acts.
Last year’s lineup included incredible sets by The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica, but now we’re looking forward to 2016’s edition and we’re starting to piece together what we know so far about the Reading & Leeds Festival lineup for 2016. Step this way and seek the answers to these important questions…
When are the festivals?
Bank Holiday Weekend in August (25th – 28th)
Where are they?
Reading Festival is held on Little John’s Farm, Richfield Avenue.
Leeds Festival is held in Bramham Park, Wetherby.
Who are the headliners for Reading & Leeds?
Red Hot Chili Peppers will return to top the Reading & Leeds main stage – despite their much maligned performance in 2007. The American funk-rock pioneers look set to bring a new album with them too, and mix the new cuts with the classics in their chaotic yet thrilling live show.
In February, Foals and Disclosure were announced as co-headliners for one of the nights, giving festival-goers a chance to cut some shapes to Disclosure’s pop-house bangers and then throw yourself into the mosh-pit for Foal’s monstrous live show, all in one evening. You lucky bunch. This isn’t the first time Reading & Leeds have gone for a co-headline slot, at the top of the lineup in 2011 The Strokes and Pulp shared the honours, with Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore doing so in 2014. Both times the crowds lapped up the 2-for-1 headline slots and this year will be no different.
The final headline slot will actually be another co-headline slot with Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy becoming the latest pair of bands to share the coveted honours. Biffy last headlined in 2013 off the back of the monstrous double-album ‘Opposites’ and will no doubt be ready to showcase their new material come August. Fall Out Boy have not headlined the festival before – but this will be first headlining opportunity, having played the main stage four times prior.
Who else appears on the lineup?
As always, Reading & Leeds lead booker Melvin Benn has arranged an eclectic mix of up-and-coming buzz bands with some huge established artists. The 1975, Courteeners and Imagine Dragons will all occupy big slots across the weekend and Two Door Cinema Club will also make their long awaited return with new music, alongside performances from Slaves, Eagles Of Death Metal and Fetty Wap.
Here’s the full list of confirmations to date:
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Biffy Clyro (co-headliner)
Birdy Nam Nam
Blackwaters (Leeds Only)
Blood Red Shoes (Leeds Only)
Boy Better Know
Brian Fallon And The Crows
Cage The Elephant
Cameron A G
CassetteBoy vs DJ Rubbish
Clean Cut Kid
Coheed And Cambria
Danny L Harle
David Rodigan MBE
The Dillinger Escape Plan
DJ Yoda (Leeds only)
Eagles Of Death Metal
Fall Out Boy (co-headliner)
Fat White Family (Leeds only)
Five Finger Death Punch
Forever Cult (Leeds Only)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
FREAK (Leeds Only)
Fred V & Grafix
FVK – Fearless Vampire Killers
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Grandmaster Flash (Leeds only)
Half Moon Run
The Japanese House
The King Blues
King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard
K.O.G & the Zongo Brigade
Krept & Konan
Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms
Lewis Del Mar
Lower Than Atlantis
The Magic Gang
Metrnonomy (DJ Set, Leeds Only)
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC
Nothing But Thieves
Paris Youth Foundation
Peace (DJ Set)
Pulled Apart By Horses
Red Hot Chili Peppers (co-headliner)
The Shimmer Band
Sleeping with Sirens
Strong Asian Mothers
The Temper Trap
The Tin Pigeons
Twenty One Pilots
Two Door Cinema Club
The Vryll Society
Third Eye Blind
Twenty One Pilots
We Were Giants
White Miles and Gnash
Will Joseph Cook
The Wytches (Leeds Only)
When is the next lineup announcement?
We’ve got the bulk of the lineup now, but they’ll be adding lots of great new bands frequently – so keep an eye on NME.com for news of future announcements.
Will there be any stage splits?
Check out the day and stage splits in the poster below.
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) April 21, 2016
Are tickets on sale?
Yep, tickets are on sale from their website here, priced at £205.00 (plus fees).
Is there a ticket payment plan on offer?
To help spread the cost of the ticket, the festival allows you to pay a deposit of £58 and then you make three further payments across the following months to round you up to the face value.
Will tickets sell out?
The festival is a sell-out on a yearly basis and in the past, punters have gobbled up the tickets months in advance and other times at the last second. With this lineup, tickets could be snapped up by revellers fairly sharpish, so don’t hang around. No one wants to be watching the festival on TV – do they?
All ticket types for Reading have now completely sold out form official vendors. All options for Leeds tickets are available.
Will there be any secret sets?
It has become an annual tradition for there to be some kind of secret set from one of music’s biggest names. Last year Foals premiered their fourth album ‘What Went Down’ with a surprise set on the NME Stage, and in the past secret sets have included appearances by Jamie T and Dave Grohl’s supergroup Them Crooked Vultures. So make sure you eavesdrop as much as you can around the site so you can brag, ‘I was there’ to all your pals.
Which site is better?
The age-old debate. It depends who you ask. Northerners will swear by Leeds having the better atmosphere, but the Leeds site tends to get hit by harsher weather. Reading however usually gets exclusive secret sets (Jamie T in 2014, Green Day in 2012) – so really it’s anyone’s guess.
Will it be shown on TV?
In previous years, Reading Festival was shown on BBC Three and this year will likely still be broadcast online when the station moves to an online channel permanently.