Reading Festival has added even more names to the Bank Holiday weekend mecca of music, with over 70 names announced today across six phenomenal stages.
Leading the additions is New York hip-hop royalty Nas, who’ll be bringing his untouchable catalogue of defining anthems to Reading this summer in a UK Festival Exclusive. Responsible for one of the most acclaimed and influential albums of all time, ‘Illmatic’, which his heavy-hitting rhymes have kept him at the top for over 25 years. His set on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage this summer is sure to be a welcomed reminder as to why he remains a true pioneer of hip-hop.
After breaking the record for consecutive appearances at Reading last year with his ninth straight set, festival hero Frank Turner is set to make it a decade of singalongs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances as he takes to the stage this summer. His catalogue of distinctively British anthems has seen the troubadour stand as a true Reading icon. Celebrating his tenth appearance in a row, Frank will open the Main Stage with a truly unique set. “I’m very happy to be making my tenth annual return to Reading and Leeds Festival this summer,” Turner said. “That’s the record, by miles, and I’m proud of it. They’ve always been supportive of my career, loyal to me, and I’m more than happy to repay that in kind. It’s the best festival in the UK.”
Revered grime kingpin Kano cemented his reputation with his comeback album ‘Made In The Manor’; a collection of his classic rhymes and British flow, which he’ll be bringing to an electric headline set on the BBC 1Xtra Stage this year. Reading has a strong history of musical icons taking the stages by storm and this year is no exception. Pop-punk trailblazers Good Charlotte will be returning to headline the intimate Lock Up Stage with track after track of euphoric classics in another UK Festival Exclusive. Coheed And Cambria are set for a mammoth return to the festivals on the Main Stage whilst Mastodon bring their heavy tectonic rhythms to The Pit with a hugely anticipated headline performance.
Bringing together genres, generations and game-changers across the site, Reading has revealed more top-calibre names taking to the stage for true festival moments this summer.
BBC RADIO 1/NME STAGE
With huge headline performances set from the already announced Jack Ü, Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975,new additions today include another UK Festival Exclusive from Australian rock morphers Tonight Alive; fresh from releasing their soundscape-filled third LP ‘Limitless’ earlier in the year. Further additions include Mancunion buzz-rockers Spring King, the swirling pop dreams of Sunset Sons, translucent movers Haelos and the roaring heavy punch of Black Foxxes, who are all set to make the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage a roaring coliseum of altering and exciting game-changing soundtracks.
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
Previously announced headliners Maximo Park will take to the Festival Republic Stage this year where they’ll be joined in topping the stage by Australian euphoric dreamers The Temper Trap who’ll be ushering in the next phase of their acclaimed career with third LP ‘Thick As Thieves’ due to land this summer. Also headlining the stage is Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon And The Crowes who’ll be bringing his emotionally charged debut solo release ‘Painkillers’ to the festivals, as an exciting new chapter for an American cult hero begins at Reading. Sungazing, psychedelica, pin-up BØRNS will bring his Electro Love to Reading this summer, whilst the hotly tipped Americana-soaked Clean Cut Kid will touch down for a hotly anticipated set. Heroes for the Leeds heavy scene will be aplenty with Eagulls and Pulled Apart by Horses destined to tear down the tent, with the enigmatic and unpredictable sound of Ezra Furman also set to bring his universally acclaimed catalogue of tracks to the Festival Republic Stage. Reading is once again leading the way in fresh new music and the headliners of tomorrow before anyone else, with further names announced for the Festival Republic Stage today including VANT, The Magic Gang,Blaenavon, The Hunna, LANY, The Sherlocks, DMA’s, Rationale, Beach Baby, Transviolet, Isaac Gracie, Lewis Del Mar, LUH, Otherkin, Anteros, The Beach, The Vyrll Society, Area 52 and Tibet.
THE PIT/LOCK-UP STAGE
With an incredible array of names from across the rock world, The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is the go-to home of all things heavy. Alongside Good Charlotte returning for a incredibly special headline set and stone drivers Mastodon topping the bill, Californian rock pioneers Thrice will return with a hotly anticipated set filled with classics and fresh cuts alike. Hacktivist will be bringing an unparalleled live experience to the stage this summer, whilst the anthemic refrains of Nothing More and the grunge kicks of Milk Teeth are destined to steal the stage with some truly breath-taking performances. “We’re so hyped about playing again this year!” Hacktivist co-frontman Ben Marvin commented. “It’s our third time playing but this time we have our debut album out so it’s gonna be the most rowdy yet. See you in the pit.” In a seismic coming together of rock icons, supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra will make a landmark appearance at the festivals as members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dethklok and The Mars Volta combine for an unmissable performance. Further additions include the potent and brash rhymes of MGK, Heck, ROAM, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Superheaven, Big Spring and Waterparks as The Pit/Lock-Up Stage takes it to another level this summer.
BBC 1XTRA STAGE
Bringing together the hottest names from both sides of the atlantic, the BBC 1Xtra Stage is set for its biggest lineup to date, with Kano, Travi$ Scott and G-Eazy headlining across the weekend. New additions today include teenage slacker-rap sensation Yung Lean who has taken the world by storm with his unique flow and style, underground US wordsmith Hoodie Allen, the soulful tones of Maverick Sabre and the in-demand producer responsible for the most played and revered hip-hop tracks of recent times after working with Drake, Kanye West, Future and many more;Metro Boomin.
Recently named in Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’, the influential tales and torments of Little Simz will take to the BBC 1Xtra Stage stage, whilst the unmistakable rise of grime continues with Fekky, Geko and Manchester’s finest Bugzy Maloneall dropping in across the weekend for quick-fire and relentless rhymes. Critically acclaimed US star Logic will be bringing his very own slant to proceedings alongside appearances over the weekend from K.Flay, Franko Fraize and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo; making it a huge hip-hop superstar take over on the BBC 1Xtra Stage at Reading & Leeds this year. “Absolutely buzzin’ to be part of Reading and Leeds this year!” Franko Fraize said. “I’ve always had a proper good do as a punter so I’m proper excited to be the other side now and be the one bringing the party!”
Already soaked with unmistakable dance royalty, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundary-pushers throughout the weekend, with new additions today including PC Music titan SOPHIE; whose superactive original sound has seen PC Music rise from bedroom concern to global festival stages. Fellow PC Music stalwart Danny L Harle will also bring the tectonic beats this summer, with the deep blues and soul of Brighton’s Rag’n’Bone Man also destined to serenade the stage with his gritty blue-eyed charm. Dark bass honcho Friction will take to the decks over the bank holiday weekend, with further drum and bass takedowns set from Fred V & Grafix and Delta Heavy. “Reading and Leeds! As well as historically being one of the greatest festivals on the planet, it has a vibe like no other,” Friction said. “So pleased to be back again for this year!” After recently supporting The 1975 on their world tour, the hotly tipped electro-soul soother The Japanese House will mesmerise Reading & Leeds with her emotional masterclass. ‘The Girl Is Mine’ chart supremos 99 Souls are set to bring the sunshine across the weekend, with experimental-house heavyweight Redlight and neo-soul groovers Lion Babe bringing their own refreshing beats that are sure to get the masses moving at Reading & Leeds 2016. With further performances from Zac Samuel, Tkay Maidza, Hermitude, Lemaitre, Low Steppa, Draper and James Organover the weekend, the electronic souls and sounds are set to ring out from the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage this year.
With over 70 names added today, Reading 2016 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments for another unmissable year. With five Headliners Across three days, over 28 UK + European Festival Exclusives and an untouchable blend of musical legends and future stars announced so far, Reading & Leeds has it all for the defining festival weekend.
ANNOUNCED TODAY Nas (UK Festival Exclusive) Frank Turner Kano Good Charlotte (UK Festival Exclusive) Coheed and Cambria Mastodon Tonight Alive (UK Festival Exclusive) Spring King Sunset Sons Haelos Black Foxxes The Temper Trap Brian Fallon And The Crowes BØRNS Eagulls Clean Cut Kid Pulled Apart By Horses Ezra Furman VANT The Magic Gang Blaenavon The Hunna LANY The Sherlocks DMA’s Rationale Beach Baby Transviolet Isaac Gracie Lewis Del Mar LUH Otherkin Anteros The Beach The Vryll Society Area 52 Tibet Thrice Hacktivist DMAs LUH Nothing More Milk Teeth Giraffe Tongue Orchestra MGK Heck ROAM Beach Slang SWMRS Superheaven Big Spring Waterparks Yung Lean Hoodie Allen Maverick Sabre Metro Boomin Little Simz Fekky Geko Bugzy Malone Logic K.Flay Franko Fraize Clara Amfo SOPHIE Danny L Harle Rag’n’Bone Man Friction Fred V & Grafix Delta Heavy The Japanese House 99 Souls Redlight Lion Babe Zack Samuel Tkay Maidza Hermitude Lemaitre Low Steppa Draper James Organ
Reading Festival returns on Fri 26 – Sun 28 Aug 2016, The event’s five headliners for the Bank Holiday weakened event are Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy