Leeds and Reading announce latest acts for 2018

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Reading and Leeds Festival today revealed even more new music acts to join the bill across the two sites over August bank holiday weekend (24 – 26 August) this year, as well as the first raft of world-class comedy acts who will also be appearing. Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Death From Above, The Used, Lady Leshurr and Yxng Bane are just some of the new names added, while Harry Hill, Seann Walsh and Mo Gilligan are among the first comedy acts announced. They’ll be performing alongside Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco at the famous Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park. Tickets are on-sale right now and available here.

Mike Shinoda – founding member of legendary rock band Linkin Park – will play exclusive festival shows at Reading and Leeds Festivals this Summer. Fans can expect a mixture of material new and old including the Post Traumatic EP and new music to be released later this year. The Reading and Leeds shows are sure to be unmissable special sets.

Haslemere-born prodigy Rex Orange County makes alternative pop that weaves together the epic fantasy of teenage love with the mundane reality of teenage life, he joins the line up along with Maryland’s most exciting export, the artful and hypnotic Maggie Rogers, Sydney based rock band DMA’S and Sam Fender, who mixes gritty vocals with world class production – imbuing his nascent indie anthems with an acerbic bite.

Exciting alt-rock concept Dinosaur Pile-Up who hail from Leeds itself join the Reading and Leeds bill for a triumphant hometown set as well as one down south, with the likes of hardcore punk outfit Blood Youth, King Nun, Bloxx and more all affirming our love for British rock acts right now.

A world-class music festival, however, needs a global line-up and the latest raft of names does not disappoint. Canadian rock heroes Death From Above will be on hand to represent this year, whilst Scandi garage rock outfit Royal Republic also join. Possibly the most exciting alternative outfit from Bologna in recent years Husky Loops are also signed up, as well as Australian alt-rockers Chase Atlantic, Nashville indie-poppers Coin, Utah’s noughties rock legends The Used and St Albans pop-punk band Trash Boat.

Opening the main stage at Reading only will be internet sensation Big Shaq and Friends. Elsewhere, Lady Leshurr – London rapper, singer and producer extraordinaire – makes her return to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park this year. Croydon’s latest R&B export, Hardy Caprio, joins to showcase his talents and prove himself worthy of the critical acclaim he has garnered lately. Yxng Bane – shortlisted on almost every ‘one to watch’ list for 2018 – also joins to take the crowd through streaming smashes such as ‘Rihanna’. Protoje, Suspect, Sneakbo, Ocean Wisdom, Skengdo x AM and more also feature.

It isn’t stopping there. Comedy is an essential part of Reading and Leeds Festivals and today the first wave of funny acts has been announced. TV star, comedian and one of the most recognisable faces in the country, Harry Hill will be bringing his wacky, surreal stand-up to the Alternative Stage this year. Joel Dommett, Seann Walsh, social media star Mo Gilligan as well as ‘King of the Council Estate’ Lee Nelson will also take to our stage. We also have the most exciting rising stars: The Sun’s Best New Comedian winner Tom Lucy will be there, plus fresh and fierce stand-up star, Lauren Pattison. ‘Man’s Not Hot’ rapper/comedy star Big Shaq will also be making a very special comedy appearance at Leeds Festival only.

As if that wasn’t enough, 23 Unofficial, Alma, A2, A-Trak, Adz and Lb, BØRNS, Black Futures, Black Peaks, Bobii Lewis, Brunswick, Bryn, Demob Happy, DJ Semtex (Reading Only), DJ Target, Easy Life, Ebenezer, Ecca Vandal, Fekky, Hak Baker, Headie One, Hex, Hippo Campus, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Isaac Gracie, Izzie Gibbs, Lady Bird, Last Night In Paris, Man With A Mission, Marsicans, Mason Maynard, Metz, Nines, Normandie, Otherkin, Petrol Girls, Pretty Vicious, Rae Morris, Shvpes, Skindred, Skinny Girl Diet, Sleep Token, Spector, Spring King, Steel Banglez, Sunflower Bean, Teenage Wrist, The Joy Formidable, Ten Tonnes, The Faim, The Xcerts, Touts, West Thebarton, Wyvern Lingo and Yungblud were also announced as Reading and Leeds music appearances this summer.

The full Alternative Stage comedy line-up as announced so far is: Big Shaq (Michael Dapaah), Harry Hill, Seann Walsh, Lee Nelson, Joel Dommett, Mo Gilligan, Lloyd Griffith, Neil Hilborn, Dane Baptiste, Tez Ilyas, Tom Lucy, Paul McCaffrey, Kinetic Comedy, Kiri Pritchard-Mclean, Lauren Pattison, Jayde Adams, Jarlath Regan, Mawaan Rizwan, Tom Deacon, James Gill, Elliot Steel, Mark Olver and Danny McLoughlin.

Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters at www.readingfestival.co.uk and www.leedsfestival.co.uk or via the official Reading and Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.




Tickets are on sale now from www.readingandleedsfestival.com


Weekend camping tickets are £205 + booking fee

Day ticket prices are £69.50 + booking fee


Ticket instalment plans:

Tickets can be purchased via the Reading and Leeds ticket instalment plan – more information available on the website





Carlsberg are proud to be the official beer partner of Reading and Leeds Festival. Carlsberg will be bringing a touch of Danishness to the festival this summer as it’s the fusion of Danish simplicity and precision that brings you a light, easy drinking, refreshing lager.


Somersby are excited to be the official cider partner of Reading and Leeds Festival. Best served thirsty. This delicious cold-filtered cider has no artificial flavours or sweeteners, simply bucket-loads of great apple taste. That’s real refreshment.

Co-op is coming to Reading & Leeds and we couldn’t be more excited to be at the heart of festival communities this summer. For the first time you’ll be able to buy your essential items directly from the Co-op shop in the campsite, including food, water, beer, wine and toiletries. Of course we’ll have sun cream and rain ponchos too! Co-op is all about being close to our customers and it doesn’t get much closer than being right outside your tent.

Visit us at www.coop.co.uk/food

For over a decade, Relentless Energy Drink have staked their claim at Reading & Leeds festival. We will be returning once again in 2018 as the Official Energy Drink Partner.

While the party returns this year with the legendary Relentless Stage at Leeds, we’ll also be keeping the ravers energised over at Reading too.

Visit us at http://www.relentlessenergy.com


http://www.twitter.com/relentlessdrink to join the conversation.



To celebrate this year’s epic festival season, Smirnoff, the world’s most popular vodka brand, is proud to be the official vodka and partner with the biggest festivals across Europe including Reading & Leeds; teaming up with great music and the incredible Smirnoff Soda & Fruit Smash drink this year, be sure not to miss out!

Follow us on Instagram @SmirnoffEurope or on Facebook facebook.com/smirnoffGB, for all of the latest festival news and gossip from around Europe and some exciting ways to get involved this summer! http://www.smirnoff.com/

As an official sponsor of some of the greatest UK festivals, Pepsi Max takes a bold approach to bringing people together through music. Pepsi Max are a long-standing partner of Live Nation and look forward to creating more musical moments together. Pepsi Max offers the full Pepsi taste with no sugar.

Reading & Leeds Festival are proud to once again name Big Green Coach as the Official Coach Travel Provider again this year. Big Green Coach are the UK’s largest travel events company and will be providing coach services for weekend campers, alongside day return service

They will be offering the chance to buy low cost return coach services, with or without your festival ticket as a package. Festival goers can choose to arrive on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and Big Green Coach will get all campers home on Monday.

Day services are timed to arrive before music starts and will not depart until music finishes.

With 80 pick-up points are available across the UK, prices start from just £35 return.


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