This Reading and Leeds article was written by Adam Skirving, a GIGsoup contributor.
Los Angeles veterans Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been revealed as the first headliner for 2016’s Reading and Leeds festivals, due to take place 26th-28th August, during the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Though it has been nine years since they last performed, this is not the first time the Californian band have headlined the festivals, topping the bill in 2007, 1999, and 1994. However, it marks the first occasion on which they will headline the festival with current guitarist Josh Klinghoffer in the role of lead guitarist – appearing as a touring guitarist for 2007’s headline show, before becoming a full-time member of the band in 2009 after the confirmation of the departure of guitarist John Frusciante.
Their confirmation as headliners comes admist reports from the band that their 11th studio album is nearing completion. Drummer Chad Smith told Rolling Stone Magazine; “We’ve written and recorded in a way that we’ve never done before, so the record is going great. We all have high hopes that it’s going to take off and we’re going to do something very different and unique for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”
Bassist Flea promised the album would be: “super danceable, funky shit and some real introspective, pretty stuff. It feels good, man, and it’s fun to play it.”
The Red Hot Chilli Peppers come as part of a first announcement, which also sees The 1975, The Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Boy Better Know, Slaves, DJ EZ, Crossfaith, Hinds and Rat Boy join the initial line-up for the respective 2016 festivals.