Reading and Leeds have announced the first wave of acts for this years August show

There has been a lot of speculation as to why Reading and Leeds decided to bypass their usual mid-January announcement slot and keep us on the edge of our seats until early on the morning of February 13th. Some people claimed that they were struggling to put together a line-up that outmatched any other U.K festivals. Others thought they’d managed to bag a headliner that would put any other festival to shame. (Let’s admit it, after being announced as TRANSMT headliners too, we were all hoping for the Arctic Monkeys.)

We didn’t receive Arctic Monkeys, or that Oasis reunion that had a very slim chance of happening after rumours started circulating Liam and Noel had finally made up. However, we still got a solid set of headliners.

We did get…

Fall Out Boy return to the top spot after co-headlining with Biffy Clyro in 2016. Kings of Leon have also landed a well-deserved headlining spot, still touring their hit album WALLS almost two years after its release. Reading’s Saturday headline (or Sunday, if you’re considering Leeds) will be shared by Kendrick Lamar and Panic! At The Disco, an odd combination but Kendrick is currently promoting his concept album for Marvel’s Black Panther. I think we’ve heard enough about Panic’s eccentric live shows to know that they’re worthy of the late-night slot.

The Reading/ Leeds line-up

There are a few more familiar faces too. Courteeners, Nothing But Thieves, and The Wombats have played the festival multiple times in recent years, as well as both Reading and Leeds newcomers and 2017 breakout stars; Post Malone and Dua Lipa will likely be performing on the main stage.

Reading and Leeds receives a lot of controversy about having a ‘repetitive’ line-up each year. However, it’s still undoubtedly one of the most diverse festivals in terms of genre. We have several announcements to go until we have the final line-up…hopefully we won’t have to wait as long for those, as we did for this one.

Reading and Leeds will be taking place during the August bank holiday at Little John’s Farm (Reading) and Bramham Park (Leeds)