Scott Hastie

Reading & Leeds spring an early Christmas present!

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Reading & Leeds festivals will return in 2016 following on from last year’s fantastic events featuring heavy gods Metallica, the returning indie troubadors The Libertines and the breakthrough headliners of the festival circuit Mumford & Sons.

Whilst the festival is still very far off, next August, they have today announced the first batch of artists for us and boy, it does not disappoint.

Headlining Reading & Leeds in 2016 will be Red Hot Chili Peppers who bring their twenty plus years of music to the fans, which will be a long wanted treat for festival goers. Playing on a festival exclusive for 2016, drummer Chad Smith spoke on how the band’s discussion went about what they wanted to play: “the simultaneous answer was Reading and Leeds.”

Festival director Melvin Benn was also stoked to finally book the band. He said:

“I’m thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2016, as a festival exclusive. Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK’s biggest music festival. We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up. It’s going to be our best year yet.”

Joining this exceptional early christmas present are band of the moment The 1975 who bring their new found 80s pop sheen to the fields which will no doubt please fans. Off the back of selling out huge academy shows, The Courteeners will bring their new music to the festival as well as Canadian punk favourites Twenty One Pilots.

Spark favourites Slaves also join the line-up as well as new indie acts Hinds and the highly tipped Rat Boy. And if that wasn’t enough Grime’s supergroup Boy Better Know return after a headline performance at the festivals last year which sent their stage over capacity.

The in demand DJ EZ and japanese rave metal group Crossfaith finalise the first batch of acts announced.

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