Reading & Leeds Festival 2018 announce headliners and first acts



Reading & Leeds Festival have announced the first set of acts and headliners for 2018!

You’ve been waiting patiently, and we can now reveal your #RandL2018 headliners. Let’s get straight into it, shall we? Sit down, be humble. One of the hottest acts in the world right now, Kendrick Lamar returns to Reading and Leeds at the top of the bill. The proud new owner of five Grammy Awards will deliver an unstoppable set, packed with trailblazing hits from his widely acclaimed 2017 album, ‘DAMN’.

Returning to the fields for their second headline slot are the Nashville-natives, Kings of Leon. With seven albums under their belt and an arsenal of hits – from ‘Sex on Fire’ to ‘Milk’ there are few better equipped to close a day of top music at Reading and Leeds.

You’ll Thnk thm fr the Mmrs… The undisputed kings of alt-rock and R&L veterans, Fall Out Boy, bring their guitar-fuelled celebration of certified hits to Reading and Leeds’ Main Stage.

It’s ‘Time To Dance’; completing the quartet of headliners this year are Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie and his Las Vegas outfit will take you through a night-time journey of glittering back catalogue – including their landmark albums, ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’, ‘Pretty. Odd’ and their Grammy-nominated ‘Death Of A Bachelor’.

Feeling psyched? We’re just getting started. Elsewhere, the record-breaking Dua Lipa will play Reading and Leeds as a UK festival exclusive this summer, joined by the hotly-tipped ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ singer, Sigrid and Manchester’s Pale Waves.

Dance fans will have their fill with the likes of legends such as Annie Mac, Birmingham breakthrough DJ favourite Hannah Wants, Bristolian duo My Nu Leng and American genius and Major Lazer co-creator, Diplo.

Flying the flag for UK urban music this year and guaranteed to ‘Shutdown’ Reading and Leeds is Skepta, who will take to the stage following his surprise appearance with Lethal Bizzle in 2017. He’ll be joined by AJ Tracey, Mrs Banks, IAMDBB, Wretch 32, Nadia Rose, Kojo Funds and Fredo. Phew!

Still with us? We’ve got even more. Stateside stars joining the line up are Playboi Carti, Lil Pump, Brockhampton and the genre-defying ‘Rockstar’, Post Malone.

Also tearing up the Reading and Leeds’ stages will be Wolf Alice. Following a secret opening performance on the Festival Republic stage last year, the North London quartet will bring their exhilarating ‘Visions of a Life’ to the crowds.

Indie fans will not be disappointed either, with some of the most genre-defining acts billed to play this year.  Liverpool rockers The Wombats join the line up, following their recently released album, ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’. Repping Manchester will be The Courteeners, while the Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang also join the bill.

We’re famous for earth-shattering rock acts over the years, and 2018 will be no different. Florida rock outfit UnderØath will appear alongside the likes of noughties favourites Sum 41 and none other than California legends, Papa Roach. The best in British rock will of course also be represented in the form of Creeper – Southampton’s famous horror-punk six-piece.


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