Dual UK festivals Reading & Leeds have announced their initial line-up for 2021. Next year’s events, taking place August 27 – 29, will not only boast six headliners, including Post Malone, Disclosure, and Queens of the Stone Age but will feature two main stages – a first for the long-running festivals.
Also set to headline are Liam Gallagher and Stormzy – both of whom were anticipated acts for the canceled 2020 line-up. Additionally, the initial billing includes the likes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, Lewis Capaldi, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Beabadoobee, Sofi Tucker, and Two Door Cinema Club. Tickets go on sale this Thursday, September 3.
In a statement, Managing Director of Festival Republic Melvin Benn said: “After an absence of a year we are delighted to announce the 2021 return to Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park in 2021 with our most epic plan yet. Two main stages, six headliners, the best line up of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans are going to celebrate the best music in the best music festivals in Britain.”
In a recent interview with the NME, Benn spoke confidently about safety precautions amid the coronavirus – which led to the cancellation of nearly all music festivals this summer. “We…can work through the problem with a really good testing regime. We’ll be able to do this by next year.”
This year’s twin-city festivals were initially scheduled to feature such acts as Rage Against the Machine, Sam Fender, and Run the Jewels, in addition to Gallagher and Stormzy. In lieu of the physical events this past weekend, the BBC aired classic sets from past years, including those by Billie Eilish, Yungblud, Foo Fighters, Radiohead, HAIM, and The 1975.
For more information on Reading & Leeds, visit the official website.