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Reading Festival announces final two headliners

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Joining a packed weekend of international heavyweights, Reading Festival has announced their final UK festival exclusive co-headliners of 2016 will be Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy. Unstoppable forces in alternative rock on both sides of the Atlantic, both will take to the stage to co-headline an emphatic evening of heavy riffs and melodies.

The phenomenal Biffy Clyro (pictured above) stand as true Reading originals, rising through the ranks, their full-throttle rock has propelled them to the top of festival bills around the world. With a new album in the works, and a nation of fans eagerly awaiting their next step, Biffy Clyro are destined to bring their explosive headline credentials for a truly monumental performance at the top of the bill.

Catalysts for an entire generation, alt rock kingpins Fall Out Boy have sound tracked the teenage dreams of fans around the globe. Their catalogue of unmistakable anthems laid the blueprint for a genre of their own, standing the band as one of the most influential acts of the 21st century. Their 2013 return to Reading triggered one of the biggest crowds in festival history, so expect euphoria, nostalgia and pandemonium as Fall Out Boy headline in 2016.

Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy join an unparalleled line up of headliners for Reading 2016, boasting headline performances destined to last long in the history books from Foals, Disclosure and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. With five headliners over three days, Reading is the go-to destination for mammoth festival moments.

On top of these sensational headliners, a raft of new names have been confirmed to appear across the bank holiday weekend. Synth-pop revelations Chvrches have taken the world by storm over the past three years, with two critically-acclaimed studio albums and a captivating live presence. Fresh from the worldwide success of last year’s ‘Every Open Eye’, their appearance at Reading will leave a lasting effect on a legion of devoted fans.

The Vaccines graduation to the major leagues of British indie has been staggering, releasing three mammoth LPs in five years, and securing their reputation as one of the most vital names of recent times. With eclectic cuts from ‘English Graffiti’ and old favourites abound, their set is one destined to elicit jubilant summertime scenes in a UK festival exclusive performance at Reading 2016.

Uncompromising and consistently pushing boundaries, A$AP Rocky is a global force to be reckoned with, across two acclaimed collection of intoxicating records that both landed at number 1 on the US charts and drew universal acclaim from critics around the globe. A style icon and a generational influencer, his UK festival exclusive appearance at Reading 2016 sees the crowning of the next king of hip-hop.

After a massive year that culminated in a sold out appearance at London’s Roundhouse, Lower Than Atlantis will be bringing their radio-ready hit parade to Reading in another UK festival exclusive. They’ll be joined by the latest and greatest in the rock world with the primal tones of Sleeping With Sirens, Welsh reggae-rock titans Skindred, punk legend Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, heavy American icons Five Finger Death Punch and State Champs. “You will see a lot of bands at Reading Festival but there’s nothing that will come close to the energy that Skindred will deliver,” said Skindred frontman Benji Webbe. “A performance not to be missed, we come in peace but we will leave you in pieces.”

Californian sisters HAIM have grown into mesmeric darlings of the indie-pop world since the global success of debut album ‘Days Are Gone’. As anticipation grows for their unannounced second studio effort, Este, Danielle and Alana will be transforming Reading into their own sun-drenched paradise in another UK festival exclusive.

The name on everyone’s lips, Jack Garratt will hit Reading 2016 with his untouchable electro-rock grooves, fresh from claiming the BBC Sound Of 2016 and BRITS Critics Choice Award that has marked him out as the one to watch this year. The Wombats unmistakable electro-pop hooks have sound tracked the nation for nearly 10 years and fresh from their biggest live shows of their career in 2015, the Liverpudlian trio will be returning for an unmissable performance.

Exclusively returning to the Reading fields are South African rave phenomenon Die Antwoord lighting the stage across the weekend with their unpredictable and chaotic live show. Kentucky psych-mixers Cage The Elephant will be touching down with a full-barraged assault on the senses, whilst Reading’s own indie dreamers Sundara Karma take to the biggest stages of their career. Tectonic beats and bass-heavy vibrations are abound, with performances across the weekend from chart-hitters Sigma, dance don Netsky, ‘White Noise’ gliders AlunaGeorge and highly tipped electronic svengali Mura Masa. Grime pillars Krept & Konan will cement their ascent with a high-energy turn at this year’s festivals, with underground king Giggs also due to appear.

The Neighbourhood have also been announced, alongside punk purveyors Savages, ‘BBC Sound Of’ indie-mixers Blossoms, recently reunited Suffolk hardcore outfit Basement, Canadian anthem-sourcers Half Moon Run and the fresh dynamic rock of Highly Suspect, who all make for unmissable performances at this year’s festivals.

Reading’s rich history in highlighting the sub genres and game-changers of the alternative world will continue in 2016, with calculating metallers The Dillinger Escape Plan returning to the festival 14 years after one of the most talked about appearances in festival history in a UK festival exclusive. Another exclusive sits with the unstoppable behemoth that is Asking Alexandria making their Reading debut with a headline spectacle for the ages. The returning punks The King Blues will also be bringing their politically-charged sermons on the modern nation to the crowds. “We’re so excited to be back amongst the freaks and the troublemakers on the punk stage we’ve played so many times,” Itch from The King Blues said. “This is truly going to be the highlight of my summer”

Bringing an equally fierce live reputation is Creeper, the most talked about new band in the UK, whose sets have become community gatherings with their electric blend of goth and punk rock, making them ones not to be missed. Also announced is the glam-rock stomp of FVK, Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford unleashing his fierce new outfit Wakrat, Philadelphian rockers Modern Baseball, rising punks Dead!, Norweigan six-piece Kvelertak and dark rock glazers Citizen.

Reading & Leeds emphatic array of the best in hip-hop continues with the addition of US hit machine Travi$ Scott. The eccentric, genre-blender released his acclaimed debut LP ‘Rodeo’ at the end of 2015, only extending his reputation as the most in-demand name in modern hip-hop. He’ll be joined across the weekend with headline sets from G-Eazy whose acclaimed appearance on Grace’s ‘You Don’t Own Me’ sent his stardom to another level. Both of these huge names stand as UK festival exclusives, making Reading the only place to be for the hottest names in modern hip-hop.

Further additions include Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals who set to deliver an unmissable masterclass in modern jazz and soul whilst reggae wordsmith Protoje, South London’s Section Boyz, gritty actor turned musician Raleigh Ritchie, the undeniable rhymes of Lady Leshurr, label disc-jockey DJ Semtex and Yungen are all set to tear apart the stage at this year’s festivals.

“The UK is one of my favourite places in the world to play music so it’s always a pleasure to come there and play,” commented Protoje. “The crowds there always show up with an energy that is unlike anywhere else in the world. Looking forward to the response at Reading.

Indie veterans and Newcastle’s favourite sons, Maxïmo Park, will be opening their catalogue of art-rock soundscapes that defined a generation of guitar bands. Expect the hits and more from dynamic frontman Paul Smith. In another UK festival exclusive, Seratones join the line-up, bringing their infectious, swinging rock to Reading for an unprecedented evening of Southern charm. Taking to the stage across the weekend, will be the shining solo moods of Banners, the riotous snarl of rockers INHEAVEN and the fuzzed grunge goodness of Glaswegian dreamers Tuff Love.

Joining co-headliners Disclosure in the dance music world at Reading 2016 is a mixture of pioneering legends and the hottest names in underground dance. Duke Dumont will be dropping an undeniable masterclass in modern pop whilst David Rodigan MBE 1Xtra’s Mistajam, BRIT Award nominees Disciples and ‘Alone No More’ hitmaker Philip George will also rock the festival. “When you’re a kid, Reading and Leeds were two festivals you really dream of playing at – and this summer I am buzzing that I get to make that dream come true,” said Philip George. “I remember seeing all the line-ups coming out for Reading/Leeds and they are always quality so it’s mint that I’m playing it this summer. I’m really looking forward to it” French DJ supremos Birdy Nam Nam, LA spinner Jauz, ‘Rinse & Repeat’ hit-maker Riton and My Nu Leng B2B Oneman with Dread MC will all take to the decks for unique and bass-shaking performances over the weekend, proving the home of modern dance is Reading Fetival.

Unmissable and unmistakable, Reading Festival 2016 stands as the line-up of the summer.

www.readingfestival.com

Reading Festival acts announced today:

Biffy Clyro (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fall Out Boy (UK Festival Exclusive)
Chvrches
The Vaccines (UK Festival Exclusive)
A$AP Rocky (UK Festival Exclusive)
HAIM (UK Festival Exclusive)
Jack Garratt
The Wombats
Lower Than Atlantis (UK Festival Exclusive)
Asking Alexandria (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (UK Festival Exclusive)
Travi$ Scott (UK Festival Exclusive)
G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive)
Skindred
Five Finger Death Punch (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sleeping With Sirens (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Neighbourhood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
State Champs
Savages
Die Antwoord (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cage The Elephant (UK Festival Exclusive)
Krept & Konan
Sigma
Half Moon Run
Basement
Blossoms
Mura Masa
Giggs
Netsky
Highly Suspect (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sundara Karma
AlunaGeorge
Duke Dumont
David Rodigan MBE
Disciples
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) / Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds)
MistaJam
Philip George
Riton
Birdy Nam Nam
Wakrat
The King Blues
Kvelertak
FVK
Modern Baseball
Dead!
Creeper
Citizen
Maxïmo Park
Raleigh Ritchie INHEAEN
Banners Tuff Love
Seratones
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
Section Boyz
Protoje
Lady Leshurr
DJ Semtex
Yungen
Juaz

Reading Festival comes to Reading on Fri 26 – 28 Aug 2016,

www.readingfestival.com

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