The morning you wake up, check social media, and see people talking about the eagerly-awaited Reading and Leeds line up is always a nerve-wracking one; it’s the beating heart of GCSE and A-level students raring to finish their exams, it’s the lifeblood of veterans who have been going since the nineties, it’s the place that draws music lovers from all over the world in with its diverse line-ups and fantastic atmosphere. Over the past ten years, Reading and Leeds has expanded in scope and in genre diversity – this has led certain people to view each artist announcement with a microscope picking at ‘flaws’, but we personally love it every year. This year is no exception.
Firstly we have the headliners: absolute rock legends Foo Fighters will be taking to the main stage on Leeds’ Friday night and Reading’s Sunday night. Dave Grohl and co. have headlined the festival a number of times, and their anthemic, classic tunes always get the crowds singing at the top of their lungs, so we’re particularly excited about this one! Indie royalty The 1975 top the bill on Saturday for Leeds and Friday for Reading, where Matty Healy’s witty, catchy songs will undoubtedly go down a treat. Reading’s Saturday and Leeds’ Sunday will be seen off with Post Malone, and emo-rap Gods Twenty One Pilots; the latter have astounded listeners everywhere with their brilliant new album Trench, and are sure to get crowds moving with their ambitious, high-production live show that always has a couple of surprises in store.
Elsewhere on the bill are punk-rock icons The Distillers, who we can imagine tearing up the Pit Stage or possibly even rocking the main stage – one of the best parts of the build up to these festivals is trying to work out who is playing where, and trying to figure out in advance how to stuff your day full of good music. And you WILL be able to stuff your days full of good music! It’s almost guaranteed you’ll have a few clashes, but with stages so close together, chances are you can see both acts anyway so it’s a win all round.
Bowling For Soup also caught our eye: the pop-punk kings will undoubtedly be smashing out hit after hit. Just imagining the audience singing along to 1989 and Girl All The Bad Guys Want is getting us very excited! PVRIS should also be blowing crowds away, with Lynn Gunn fronting the electro-punk trio who have made a name for themselves over the past few years. The Amazons we can see spinning out their indie, guitar-lead tunes into the Radio 1 Stage, and genre-mashing rising star Yungblud will impress with his ska-infused emo hip-hop.
Reading and Leeds is, without fail, always brilliant fun. The four-day-long party in a field brings joy to all walks of life from the North and South of England, and this year is looking exceptionally fantastic so far.