Reading, Leeds Festival Bills Topped by Nine Inch Nails, Eminem, Green Day
As is usually the case, the lineups for the Reading and Leeds music festivals are shaping up to be among the biggest of the European festivals this year with Nine Inch Nails, Eminem and Green Day announced as performers.
Other notable artists this year include Fall Out Boy, Phoenix, Skrillex, Alt-J, Tame Impala, Johnny Marr, Azealia Banks, A$AP Rocky, System of a Down, Deftones, the Lumineers, Brand New, New Found Glory and Editors. More artists will be announced at a later date.
As is always the case, both the Reading and Leeds festivals will take place on the same weekend, which will be August 23-25 this year. The lineups for the festivals are the same as the artists travel to each festival. Technically the headliners of the festivals are Eminen, Green Day and Scottish rock trio Biffy Clyro, the latter of which will play after Nine Inch Nails at the festivals.
At a festival launch party recently, organizer Melvin Benn told reporters why he was excited to have Green Day back at the festival this year.
“They’ve got this vibrancy that only teenagers have, they’re extraordinary,” Benn said, according to stereoboard.com. “Let’s not beat about the bush, they’re a headline band for Leeds and Reading. We always want them to come and headline because they bring such great fun and excitement and they’ve got great songs.”
Benn also said that he believes Biffy Clyro “are absolutely ready” to make their first headlining appearance at the festivals.
This year’s festivals will be the first to feature the new BBC Radio 1Xtra stage, which will host UK grime acts Devlin and Wiley, among others.
The Reading Festival is the older of the two festivals, and is reportedly known as the oldest popular music festival that still exists because of its origins as the National Jazz Festival in the early 1960s.