Stormzy and Catfish And The Bottlemen will headline Friday evening (August 27) in Reading and Saturday evening in Leeds (28), followed by Post Malone and Disclosure on Saturday evening in Reading (28) and Sunday evening in Leeds (29).
Liam Gallagher and Queens Of The Stone Age, meanwhile, will headline Sunday night in Reading (29) and Friday night in Leeds (27).
Over the weekend, they will be joined by the likes of Lewis Capaldi, Two Door Cinema Club, AJ Tracey, DaBaby, Doja Cat and more. The first full wave of acts for Reading & Leeds 2021 are as follows:
Catfish and bottlemen
Queens of the stone age
Tickets for Reading & Leeds 2021 go on sale at 9 a.m. on Thursday 3 September and will be available for purchase here.
In a press release, Festival Republic Managing Director Melvin Benn said: “After a one-year absence, we are delighted to announce the 2021 return of Reading to Richfield Avenue and Leeds to Bramham Park in 2021 with our most epic plan yet. Two main stages, six headliners, the best lineup of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans will celebrate the best music at Britain’s top music festivals.
Talk to NME Last week (August 28), Benn said all attendees will be tested for the coronavirus at the events. “We don’t need a vaccination because we can solve the problem with a very good screening regimen,” he said. “We can do it by next year.”
He continued, “We will get there with testing and tracing. It will become the new normal. One of the government advisers, Professor John Bell, spoke very positively that the standard would become everyone testing themselves twice a week in the near future – as in the coming months. We will learn to do this until we suppress the disease until it dies like SARS did.
Although Benn did not confirm specific acts during the interview, he teased that it would be “Reading & Leeds’ most comprehensive and inclusive lineup”. “The dual main stage allows us to deliver that,” he said. “There is no lack of good music and our bill is in great shape. “