Your guide to Reading and Leeds 2016
The infamous Reading and Leeds Festival is almost upon us, and it’s easily one of the most celebrated dates in the UK festival calendar, partly due to it falling across the August bank holiday weekend.
If you’re anything like us here at Headliner, you’ve already been obsessively checking the weather, hoping for that last bit of sunshine – while digging out a half decent tent to protect all your carefully chosen festival garb. Perhaps you’ve already started packing a week’s supply of chicken Supernoodles, or piled the entire alcohol aisle of your local supermarket onto a trusty plastic sled, either way, one of the UK’s favourite festivals is about to kick off and it’s going to be huge!
So what do you need to know?
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The festival takes place from Friday, 26th – Sunday 28th August 2016.
Camping is available for Early Bird Ticket holders from 2pm on Wednesday 24th August and for Weekend ticket holders from 3am on Thursday 25th August.
The campsite closes at midday on Monday 29th August.
Reading Festival Richfield Avenue, Reading
Leeds Festival Bramham Park, Leeds
Once considered a festival for rock lovers, the event continues to explore their fresh penchant for a more diverse and eclectic line-up, combining popular chart-toppers with established guitar giants – and everything else in between.
This year sees Reading welcome joint headliners Foals and Disclosure to the main stage on Friday, the mighty Red Hot Chili Peppers – as a festival exclusive – on Saturday, and joint headliners Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy – which we announced back in March – on Sunday.
At Leeds, you can catch Biffy/ FOB on Friday, Foals/Disclosure on Saturday and RHCP on Sunday.
Other must-see artists on the main stage include Slaves, The Courteeners, Eagles of Death Metal, Chvrches, A$AP Rocky and The Vaccines.
But, remember it’s not all about the Main Stage. They may well get the biggest names, but if you’re in search of something new – or a dry place to hide if it rains, the festival offers plenty of other eclectic stages.
Here are some of our favourite suggestions:
If you choose to venture to the NME/ BBC Radio 1 Stage you’ll be treated to sets from The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Cage The Elephant, Jack Ü and many more.
The BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage has headlining slots by Duke Dumont, Oliver Heldens and DJ EZ.
The Pit will host Mastadon, Thrice, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Asking Alexandria, amongst others while the Festival Republic Stage is offering headline sets from Maximo Park, The Temper Trap, Brian Fallon (Gaslight Anthem) and the Crows, not to mention recent stars of Headliner Introducing King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and LANY.
Kano, Wiley and Travi$ Scott are set to headline the BBC Radio 1 Xtra stage.
The Alternative Stage offers a host of DJ sets, and Comedy shows including Russel Kane, Lee Nelson, Russel Howard and Bill Bailey. DJ Yoda will also be performing, along with Grandmaster Flash and special guest sets from Hinds and Pulled Apart By Horses.
Full line up
The illustrious history of Reading and Leeds is an interesting one, with Reading building up a strong following over many years and a firm fan base of seasoned festival goers mixed with the influxes of festival newbies attending each year. Leeds joined as its so-called “grittier” Northern sister in 1999, and shares the same line-ups across the 3 days.
Previous headliners of the iconic rock ‘n’ roll weekend have included The Libertines, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Metallica and Radiohead to name just a few.
So, whichever your location, wherever you pitch your tent – it’s time to don those designer wellies and get ready to dance once more this summer.
To get you in the festival mood: