In a year where Reading & Leeds Festivals have announced not three, but four of the world’s biggest acts as headliners for 2014, the line-up continues to grow with over 50 additions across the stages. This year looks set to be the strongest yet with the best of UK and world talent across rock, indie, dance, alternative, grime and hip-hop. Reading & Leeds Festivals are looking like one of the best ways to spend your August Bank Holiday weekend!
The festival will be headlined on the Friday/Saturday (depending on whether you go to Reading or Leeds) by the undisputed modern rock gods that are Queens Of The Stone Age who (tragically, in my opinion) will be sharing their headlining duties with Paramore. They will be joined on the remaing days by the other headliners by the completely inimitable Arctic Monkeys and pop-punk legends Blink-182.
With a supporting cast that already includes Vampire Weekend, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, You Me At Six, Jake Bugg, Imagine Dragons, Foster The People and Deaf Havana there are now even more names set to tear up the Main Stage. Completing the line-up for the Main Stage are Brighton indie-punk duo Blood Red Shoes, Japanese metallers Crossfaith, Dry the River, Leeds boys Pulled Apart By Horses, punk trio Gnarwolves, nu-metal luminaries Papa Roach, UK rock kings Young Guns and pop punk champions Tonight Alive and The Story So Far.
Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage alongside headliners Courteeners, Bombay Bicycle Club and Disclosure will be UK anthemic rockers Twin Atlantic and last year’s Main Stage openers Mallory Knox. Also appearing on the NME/Radio 1 stage are fellow newcomers and (local boys for me) Lonely The Brave who will certainly be a band not to be missed over the weekend (check out their track Black Saucers which you can download for free). They will be joined by shoegazer/post punk festival veterans The Horrors, multidirectional The Kooks and Brooklyn based musician Twin Shadow.
The unique sounds of Gypsy-punks Gogol Bordello and emotional rock heroes Jimmy Eat World will act as the perfect Lock Up Stage headliners, along with Brody Dalle, Möngöl Hörde and the very swesome Architects.
Elsewhere, the headliners have been revealed for the (main sponsors) Festival Republic Stage and they will be the riff-heavy Southampton group Band Of Skulls, garage rockers Palma Violets and the energetic Augustines.
Also appearing across the Festivals’ stages over the weekend will be A Wilhelm Scream, the very interesting Baby Godzilla, Bear Hands, Rock into the Weekend favourites Marmozets,Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Darlia, Dave Hause, Every Time I Die, Hudson Taylor, Marika Hackman, Mayday Parade, Meridian Dan, P Money, PUP, Slaves, The Districts, The Flatliners, The Front Bottoms, The Orwells, The Skints, The Wonder Years, Touché Amoré and Wovenwar.
Weekend tickets (including camping) cost £205.00 plus £8.00 booking fee with Day tickets costing £92.50 plus £7.00 booking fee. Early entry permits (Leeds only remaining) are available for £15.00 with Campervan permits at £60.00.
Tickets are available online or by telephone and tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card.
Turn on, Tune in, Rock out!