Reading and Leeds Festival – Preview

Music fans are gearing up for one last knees up before the end of the festival season. With August bank holiday just round the corner it can only mean one thing – Reading and Leeds Festival. Despite the constant debate over which is better the two always get the same quality line up and this year is no different.

Topping the bill are festival favourites Muse, who have built a reputation for putting on impressive performances having won the NME award for best live act three times. The other headline rock act are Kasabian who will be playing their anthemic festival hits like Fire and LSF. Eminem rounds off the list of headliners making it a hat-trick of appearances for the Detroit rapper.

Reading and Leeds made a name for itself as a rock festival and this year will feature plenty of heavy guitars from bands such as At The Drive In, You Me At Six and Architects. But it has also expanded its sound year on year. The 2017 lineup is one of the most diverse line-ups the festival has seen with pop, hip hop and electronic acts all appearing alongside the Reading and Leeds rockers.

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The BBC Radio1 dance stage promises to keep the crowds partying with an impressive lineup that includes Fatboy Slim, Chris Lorenzo and Noisia.

There’s an impressive list of US hip hop acts making there way over to the UK festival too with Danny Brown, Vince Staples and Migos touring off the back of impressive album releases.

Grime also features heavily on this years lineup with Giggs, Bugzy Malone, Fekky, AJ Tracey and 67 all showing what the UK scene has to offer.

It’s also a great place to catch up and coming acts on some of the more intimate stages. Make sure to check out The Amazons, The Japanese House and The Big Moon, who will surely all be playing to much bigger crowds at future festivals.

The secret set has also become a Reading and Leeds tradition with Green Day, You Me At Six and Foals all having played surprise sets. This year people all the rumours point to Queens of the Stone Age, whose new album coincidentally gets released on August 25th – the first day of the fest.

Reading and Leeds takes place from the 25th to 27th of August. Keep an eye on GIGsoup for more festival updates.