Reading Festivals has announced The Libertines as the final of this year’s Main Stage headliners! The indie-rockers will bring the good ship Albion to the Festivals this summer, cementing a Reading legacy which dates back to 2002.
Rising up through the Festivals’ billing, the legendary troubadours Peter Doherty, Carl Barât, Gary Powell and John Hassall made their Main Stage debut in 2003 and returned in 2004. The band blew the crowds away in 2010 when they famously reunited at the Festivals and now, for the first time, they will take their rightful place as Reading headliners. With their long awaited new record in the works, their set will undoubtedly be one of the defining moments of 2015.
“I’m excited to announce over 50 other phenomenally talented acts today,” Festival boss Melvin Benn said. “I really think we’ve got the ultimate line-up this year. Where else can you see Kendrick Lamar on the same day as Deadmau5 and Years & Years, or Marmozets on the same day as Azealia Banks or Metallica, or All Time Low on the same day as Knife Party or Mumford & Sons!
Over fifty further names are also revealed today, joining artists already announced for the Festival including Main Stage headliners Mumford & Sons and Metallica, proving that Reading is the Festival for true music fans.
On the Friday pop-punkers All Time Low will return to the Festival for the first time since 2012 with eagerly anticipated new album ‘Future Hearts’ in tow. Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon have established themselves as the UK’s biggest and best metal crossover act, and will follow up their all-conquering sold out Wembley Arena headline show last year with a set immediately before Metallica on the Main Stage on Saturday at Reading. Their performance at the Festivals this summer is a European exclusive.
Grammy nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar will showcase his unparalleled ability and powerful wordplay in his debut performance at the Festival, creative indie rock heroes The Maccabees will take the Main Stage and will play some tracks from their forthcoming album, Wakefield rock band and NME Outstanding Contribution to Music Winners The Cribs whose hotly anticipated new album ‘For All My Sisters’ will be released this March.
Panic! At The Disco will bring their incredible grown up pop-rock and infectious hooks back to the Main Stage, along with anthemic rock quintet Lonely The Brave, who return following their hugely successful set in 2014.
Pop Punk’s most exciting new band Neck Deep have set course for Reading this summer to demonstrate exactly why they were named ‘Best Newcomer’ at last year’s Kerrang! Awards and West Yorkshire Festival favourites Marmozets will bring their incendiary live set back to Reading as they graduate to Main Stage billing. Following the release of their debut studio album ‘Abandon Ship’ late last year, electronic dance duo Knife Party (above) return to the Festivals this summer for an extra special closing set on the Friday.
American rock band Limp Bizkit and rap prodigy Tyler, The Creator also join the bill, along with Birmingham indie poppers Swim Deep, inventive British art rock band Everything Everything, indie rock quartet Peace and North London production duo Gorgon City. Also revealed today are Math rock legends American Football, Liverpudlian band of the moment Circa Waves, beat-maker and prolific producer Jamie XX, leftfield pop musicians Glass Animals, emotionally charged Pennsylvania four-piece The Districts and Punk duo Slaves (below).
Boy Better Know featuring JME, Skepta, Wiley, Shorty, Solo 45, Maximum, Jammer & Frisco will be headlining the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage on the Sunday. Headed up by JME, brother Skepta and Wiley, they are the leading collective in Grime.
Also performing across the weekend are drum & bass duo Camo & Krooked, producer and techno artist Brodinski, Scottish production wizard Hudson Mohawke, mysterious R ’n’ B maestro Ben Kahn and My Nu Leng, who will bring their big bounding beats to the Festival. London based feel-good House duo Toyboy & Robin, New York electric pop duo Cardiknox, geek-step Midlander FTSE, electronic producer Porter Robinson presents his incredible Worlds live show, LA DJ Dillon Francis, and self-proclaimed ‘sad dance’ musician Tourist will also be performing.
As one of the most influential pop punk bands of all time, and with a rich history at Reading, New Found Glory return to headline The Lock Up on Friday. Three-time Grammy nominated titans of metal Mastodon will take top billing on Saturday.
Canadian hardcore heavyweights Cancer Bats also join the line-up, along with ex-My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, who brings his new project FrnkIero Andthe Cellabration. Swedish theatrical metallers Ghost, technical death metal band Gojira and reunited hardcore legends Modern Life Is War will rock the stage across the weekend. Anthemic punkers The Menzingers, Sheffield’s top metal band While She Sleeps, Southampton five piece Bury Tomorrow and rockers Simple Plan are also revealed for the Festival bill.
All three Festival Republic Stage headliners are revealed in today’s announcement, with a very special set from Django Django closing the stage on Friday at Reading. Indie rock veterans The Wombats will headline the stage on Saturday and fan favourite Frank Turner will bring a special solo set on Sunday.
Legendary Irish rockers Ash will make a welcome return to Reading, building on a rich history with the Festivals dating back to their first performance at Reading in 1995. Having recently announced their new album, their set will be yet another classic performance providing the soundtrack to the summer.
Also performing on the stage will be Canadian indie-pop quintet Alvvays, fast rising rockers Coasts, grunge revivalists Darlia and Australian indie sensation DMA’s. The soaring melodies of Jake Isaac, folky Sydney trio Little May, the socially observant hip-hop/rock of Ratboy, American baroque pop band San Fermin, young South Londoners The Bulletproof Bomb, the soaring rock of We Are The Ocean, irish rock-pop five piece Walking On Cars and Missouri garage punk brothers Radkey make the Festival Republic Stage the one-stop shop for all things on the rise, alongside some of the biggest names in music.
Now a well-established feature of Reading, the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage will bring the absolute best in urban music across the three days of the Festival. Co-headlining on the Friday are Harlem trap lord A$AP Ferg and hazy Brooklyn hip hop crew Flatbush Zombies, providing an incredible East coast double header of real rap music. Having finally dropped her long awaited debut album ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’ late last year, Azealia Banks (above) returns to Reading for one of her characteristically high octane live sets to headline on Saturday.
With one final headliner still to be revealed for the stage, the tent will host sets from Miami bass turntablist Craze, South London hip hop duo Krept & Konan, grime hero and UK trailblazer Lethal Bizzle and the fresh sounds of Essex rapper Nick Brewer. The line-up grows even further with the addition of genre-blurring urban DJ Oneman and the unique dream-rap of Pell. New York natives Ratking are one of the purest voices of modern underground rap music and this year marks their debut R&L performance alongside MOBO Award ‘Best Grime Act’ and BBC Sound Of runner up Stormzy. Brotherly hip hop duo Rae Sremmurd are also announced today.
Newly announced today:
The Libertines (Headliner) A$AP Ferg All Time Low Alvvays American Football Ash Azealia Banks Ben Kahn Boy Better Know Bring Me The Horizon (European Festival Exclusive) Brodinski Bury Tomorrow Camo & Krooked Cancer Bats Cardiknox Circa Waves Coasts Craze Darlia Dillon Francis Django Django DMA’s Everything Everything Flatbush Zombies Frank Turner (solo) Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration FTSE Ghost Glass Animals Gojira Gorgon City Hudson Mohawke Jake Isaac Jamie XX Kendrick Lamar Knife Party Krept & Konan Lethal Bizzle Limp Bizkit Little May Lonely The Brave Marmozet Mastodon Modern Life Is War My Nu Leng Neck Deep New Found Glory Nick Brewer Oneman Panic! At the Disco Peace Pell Porter Robinson Radkey Rae Sremmurd Rat Boy Ratking San Fermin Simple Plan Slaves Stormzy Swim Deep The Bulletproof Bomb The Districts The Maccabees The Menzingers The Wombats Toyboy & Robin Tourist Tyler, The Creator Walking On Cars We Are The Ocean While She Sleeps
Metallica (Headliner and UK Festival Exclusive) Mumford & Sons (Headliner and England & Wales Festival Exclusive) Bastille (England & Wales Festival Exclusive) Catfish and The Bottlemen Deadmau5 Hannah Wants Jack Garratt Jamie T Manchester Orchestra Pierce The Veil Pretty Vicious Rebel Sound Refused Royal Blood (UK Summer Festival Exclusive) Run The Jewels Wilkinson (Live) Wolf Alice Years & Years
Tickets for Reading & Leeds 2015 are on sale now, starting at £205 for the whole weakened.
Reading Festival takes place on Fri 28 – Sun 30 Aug 2015