Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2016

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will play Reading and Leeds Festival next year as one of the headliners.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will play Reading and Leeds Festival next year as one of the headliners.

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US rock superestars Red Hot Chili Peppers are the first headline act to be unveiled for next year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals.

Festival boss Melvin Benn made the announcement today, saying he was “thrilled” to welcome the band back to Reading and Leeds, nine years after their last visit.

He said: “Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK’s biggest music festival. We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up. It’s going to be our best year yet.”

Also confirmed to be on the bill for 2016 are The 1975, Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Boy Better Know, Crossfaith, Hinds, Ratboy, Slaves and DJ EZ.

Slaves will move to a bigger slot at the festival after storming their performane this year - and nabbing a Mercury Prize nomination earlier this month.

A statement from the band said: “It’s always a pleasure to play at Reading and Leeds and it’s an honour to be invited back to play again in 2016. The crowds have been good to us and we are always very grateful. The line up is always a gooden and we’re looking forward to being part of it and taking things up another level this time.”

Tickets for the festivals are on sale now. Weekend tickets are £213 (£205 + £8 booking fee); day ticket prices and sale date to be confirmed.