With headliners Bear’s Den, The Black Lips and The Hunna already primed for rapturous sets – the Festival Republic Stage is once again overflowing with future stars and acts possessing that special something that’ll take them to a whole new level.

These include renowned garage rock heroes Japandroids, who returned earlier this year with acclaimed new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life packed full of the shout-along hooks that have packed venues across the globe.

90s guitar riffers Ash are primed for a return to the festivals with a catalogue of indisputable hits at their disposal, while the transcendent grooves of US ambient-electro force Cigarettes After Sex are sure to be a highlight of the festival weekend.

Dazzling with a who’s who of names destined to burst into record collections over the next 12 months, the stage will play host to the likes of Aussie dance-psych kings Jagwar Ma with their infectious cuts from latest LP Every Now & Then, trailblazing indie-noir heroes Black Honey, glacial electro swooner The Japanese House, all-encompassing cinematic dreamers Pumarosa, modern pop tilter Bishop Briggs and Danish eruptive-pop trio Off Bloom amongst others.

After releasing their acclaimed debut About U, MUNA will make their first appearance at the festivals – promising a powerhouse show full of lush harmonies and potent pop perfection. They’ll be joined across the weekend by vibrant guitar-pop gang The Big Moon, sun-soaked pop prince Will Joseph Cook, US garage rock kickers The Districts, Dirty Hit two piece Superfood, Sydney duo Vallis Alps, distinct bassline pointer Cosima, blistering indie upstarts Paris Youth Foundation and the blues-fuelled highs of Ten Tonnes for landmark moments at every turn.

With further sets confirmed from Barns Courtney (Reading Only), LA creator Mondo Cozmo and electric pop swaggers OUTLYA – the Festival Republic Stage is a must-see look at the future of music and the world’s next favourite acts

Tim Wheeler, Ash:

“We’re very proud to announce an historic 10th appearance for Ash at the Reading festival. We first performed there in 1995 and our shows at the festival stand among our favourite shows that we’ve ever played, it’s always been a highlight of each year we’ve done it. Somewhere along the way we were promised a statue upon reaching our 10th appearance, so we’re looking forward to the grand unveiling in August!”

Black Honey:

“We’ve been going to Reading and Leeds since we were little, it’s where I crowd surfed for the first time and fell in love with music, it feels so fucking good to be back on the other side of the barrier again this year”

Barns Courtney:

“Looking forward to making my debut appearance at one of my fave UK festivals which was the 1st one I ever a went to as a kid! Looking forward to rocking your little socks off Reading and thanks for the invite”



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Kim Millard

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How about a headliner so I can show some excitement 😂

Would be nice to no who's playing at the festival!

Danielle Smith

Alex Franklin I entered lol 🤞🏼

Isabel Louise 👍

"first headliner early january"

Proper dragged out the headline announcement this time

Danielle King xxxx

Better to announce a lineup before a competition people dont know yet if its even worth going

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ffs just announce the line up already

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Metallica on stage again please , minus the aweful cream tshirts we had to wear! Plus Foos and Killers, happy times

Announce the line up already

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This sign language interpreter helped deaf and hard of hearing fans enjoy Eminem at Reading Festival 💛
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Remember when they did 5fdp Sarah Graveling

Chelsea Crump would wanna watch her do rap god

Would love to see her do Rap God

Javier Martínez Carlos Vallejo

Amazing ! X

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Ramla Mohamed

Cormac Ó Caomhánaigh learn the sign language lyrics

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Ruth Brambles, this is cool eh? 😃

Beth Rose

Hard when it was at night

Aimee Bienaime

Olivia Steele Hadley Saunders one of the best reasons to go to fest

Daniel Barker another reason I wanna learn to sign. This is dope

That was actually better than his performance!

They were absolutely amazing,

Ross Burrell i think this should be your summer job. Going to festivals and signing

Breandán Mac Giolla Chomhghaill how awesome 😎

Pst pst, mira Eri

Alice Misiewicz

Charlotte. Do this next year instead of Silent Night.

Deborah Howie

I was one of the “Slim Shady” team at the festival this year. There were three of us who took on Eminem. If you fancy learning to sign, and how to sign a song, I have an online course you might like - If you look at my website you’ll find a promo video on it explaining exactly what it entails and you can see it in action! PM me if you fancy it - I’ll also offer you a half price discount if you mention Eminem...😉 Here’s my Rap God at the festival - Eminen Rap God www.facebook.com/markinsutton/videos/vb.701993893/10155671016243894/?type=3 And here’s my website 😊 Www.beanstraining.com

Rose Ayling-Ellis this is pretty cool 😁

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