In less than two weeks’ time, the annual Reading and Leeds festivals begin, with the Leeds event being held once again at Bramham Park.
Each year the festival provides an entertaining weekend for those who have the good fortune to take part, and 2016 promises to be an especially eventful year, with an action-packed line-up awaiting those with tickets.
This year includes split headliners on both the Friday and the Saturday. Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy share the main stage on the first night, as do Foals and Disclosure on the second evening. Funk-rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers take to the stage on the Sunday. The festival is worth going to for the headliners alone, but it’s the variety of artists and genres that really make Reading and Leeds worthwhile. Reading and Leeds will feature a whole slew of different genres and acts, with rock, indie, pop, dance, comedy and electronica all being given an equal footing – meaning that there truly is something available for everyone.
While there are many big names at Leeds this year, one thing the festival excels at it is its promotion of smaller and relatively unknown artists. Each year, the BBC Introducing stage hosts a range of up-and-coming acts that are usually no less great than any of the other performers over the weekend. They may be unheard of now, but a lot of the bands that play on this stage tend to go on to become much bigger in the future, so we recommend festival-goers make the effort to check out some of the artists on this stage, with fellow northerners Faux Pas and Blossom being particular ones to watch.
Other acts over the eleven stages include Imagine Dragons, Frank Turner, Slaves, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and the return of American pop-punkers Good Charlotte – so there’s definitely enough bang (or bands!) for your buck.
If that isn’t enticing enough already, the festival also features a comedy stage with the likes of Bill Bailey and Russell Howard headlining two of the nights, as well as fairground rides and several after-hours events, such as a late night set from Peep Show character Super Hans.
Both day and weekend tickets are currently available from the Leeds Festival website, alongside full line-up details and other information. The festival is to be held over the August bank holiday weekend, with weekend tickets granting access between Thursday 25 and Sunday 29 August.