Reading and Leeds Festival will be back next year with six headliners spread across two main stages at each venue.
The event, which sees acts spinning between Reading and Leeds, was scheduled to occur last weekend but has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, the headliners for 2021 will be Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens Of The Stone Age.
Up to 200,000 fans are expected at next year’s events – August 27-29.
Head of Festival Republic event organizers Melvin Benn said it was their “most epic plan yet.”
“Two main stages, six headliners, the best selection of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans will be celebrating the best music,” he added.
The event, considered by many live music fans to be the second after Glastonbury in the annual UK music calendar, will also feature AJ Tracey, Doja Cat, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as rappers Ashnikko, DaBaby and Fever 333.
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Rapper Stormzy and former frontman of Oasis Gallagher were slated to make headlines for 2020 – with rock band Rage Against The Machine – and organizers were able to retain the services of the two British superstars.
Gallagher said: “Yes, brothers and sisters, I am coming to bring good news… Yours Truly is headlining Reading & Leeds 2021. COME INTO YOURSELF. LG ”
Catfish And The Bottlemen, who will be headlining the festival for the first time, told BBC Radio 1 that it was a “huge honor” to be invited to headline.
“We have always kept this in mind since we first performed on the BBC presentation stage [in 2013]Said group leader Van McCann.
“To be able to come back now and have this place, it’s a big one.
“We’ll probably come up with some new songs. “
The festival will still take place at the usual venues – Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. Tickets purchased for this summer will remain valid, while refunds will also be available, organizers said.
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Reading and Leeds are among the oldest and most important musical events in Britain. Reading has an audience capacity of 105,000 music fans, while Leeds can accommodate 75,000.
The Reading Festival itself dates back to the 1960s and was best known as a rock festival, but over the years it has included more diverse programming and added Leeds as a second venue in 1999.
Headliners last year included The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots, and Foo Fighters. Other acts include Billie Eilish, Bastille, Blossoms, Yungblud, Pale Waves and The Distillers.
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