The countdown is well and truly on for the summer’s biggest weekend of music – the Reading and Leeds Festival.
And with no Evolution in Newcastle this year, or Split in Sunderland, festival-goers from the North East will be flocking to the Bramham Park site in Leeds in greater numbers than ever.
As usual, the organisers have pulled together a superb line-up over the bank holiday weekend of August 28-30, with something to suit all tastes.
The headliners are all crowd-pullers in their own right, from very different genres: indie legends The Libertines, folk-rockers Mumford & Sons and heavy metal titans Metallica.
Pop-punkers All Time Low will return to the festival for the first time since 2012, while Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon, the UK’s biggest and best metal crossover act, will play on the main stage immediately before Metallica on the Sunday. Their performance at the festivals is a European exclusive.
Grammy-nominated rapper Kendrick Lamar will showcase his unparalleled ability and powerful wordplay in his debut performance, indie-rock heroes The Maccabees will unveil tracks from their new album, as well as some old favourites, and The Cribs – fresh from winning an NME Award for their outstanding contribution to music – will also grace the big stage.
Panic! At The Disco will bring their grown-up pop-rock and infectious hooks back to the Main Stage, while Marmozets, all the way from Bradford, will graduate to Main Stage billing with their incendiary live set.
US blue-collar rockers The Gaslight Anthem are not to be missed following their recent announcement that they are going on indefiniate hiatus after fulfilling their festival commitments.
The NME/BBC Radio One stage features American rock band Limp Bizkit and rap prodigy Tyler, The Creator, 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.
The Lock-Up Stage will cater for those who like their music a little rowdier, with Refused, New Found Glory and Swedish theatrical metallers Ghost doing headline sets, and some excellent acts further down the bill, including US metallers Mastodon, Canadian hardcore heavyweights Cancer Bats, and anthemic punkers The Menzingers.
On the Festival Republic Stage, the headliners are Django Django, and Frank Turner (solo), while the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage will showcase the best in urban music across the three days of the festi- val.
The BBC Introducing Stage is renowned for giving up-and-coming acts, and this year is no exception, with the hotly tipped genre-masher Georgia, freshly-signed Liverpool band Clean Cut Kid and high energy band Childcare topping the bill.
Weekend tickets are £205 plus an £8 booking fee, plus postage. Day tickets are £59.50 plus £7 booking fee and postage. For more information visit www.leedsfestival.com