Honestly, we were already thinking about 2019 festival season as soon as festival season 2018 finished. Now as the weather becomes warmer, the sky changes from grey to blue and the sun makes an appearance we’re more than ready to pull the tent out the shed and check that the airbed still inflates. So, what better time than check out how Leeds and Reading Festival is shaping up this year.
Having come a long way since its National Jazz Festival days the Leeds and Festivals we know garners around 90,000 attendees, boasts more than half a dozen stages with some of the biggest names in music. 2019 is no exception. Leeds and Reading Festival’s run concurrently from Thursday, 22 August till Sunday, 25 August at Bramham Park in Leeds and Little John’s Farm at Richfield Avenue in Reading.
Right, let’s get stuck in first to the import stuff: who’s playing. Often the apex of conflict or jubilation are the main stage headliners. This year sees the Foo Fighters, The 1975 and Twenty One Pilots along with Post Malone co-headlining.
A highlight of 2017’s festival season was the Foo Fighters at Glastonbury, as long as Dave Grohl can remain off the injury table, we are sure to witness another perfect set. Having released no music since 2017 could also mean that there is a chance that we could hear something new prior to or even during the festival. With a fourth studio album Notes on a Conditional Form due in May, expect The 1975 to provide something relatively new. Plus, having recently toured with a full stage production tour resplendent with backing dancers, void filling neon’s and screens can we expect the always divisive The 1975 to bring something as bold to their headline slot?
It is a genuinely exciting prospect that we’ll have to chance to witness Twenty-One Pilots both on their own headline tour and headlining a festival. Trench is a temperate yet evocative genre-blurring masterpiece its tracks should flourishing further in a live environment. Along with their back catalogue spanning a decade of innovative creation Twenty-One Pilots are certainly not to be missed. Post Malone’s sophomore album, Beerbongs & Bentleys, released last year broke several long-held records as well as spawning 6 top ten singles on Billboard’s Hot 100. Serving up a cocktail of hip-hop, R&B, grunge and even country tinges, with a wealth of self-examining lyrics and a brisk delivery, Post Malone will certainly put on an interesting show.
We know festivals aren’t all about headliners and Leeds and Reading Festival does not disappoint with Brighton rock duo Royal Blood, the exhilarating Yungblud, Australian punks The Chats, alternative rockers Twin Atlantic. Not enough for you? No problem, also throughout the weekend Peace, PVRIS and Circa Waves will be performing and there are more artists to be announced.
Looking for something a bit special this year? We are putting all our money on it being Enter Shikari, okay we know we’re biased but hear us out. Making a bit of festival history this year, Enter Shikari will be playing not one but two sets. We’re not talking an appearance of their Shikari Sound System alter egos for a DJ set but two different sets on different stages. Latest confirmation being a headline slot on The Pit stage and one on the Main Stage. With the band’s debut album, Common Dreads, turning ten just a week before the festival hopes are high for one of these sets to be the album in full. Maybe even those rare Common Dreads bonus tracks like All Eyes on the Saint and We Can Breathe in Space, They Just Don’t Want Us to Escape will get an airing. Whatever happens, we know these sets will be chaos at it’s most glorious best.
Weekend camping tickets cost £205.00 plus, of course, those booking and postage fees. Need a bit of help with that ticket Leeds and Reading Festival have got you covered with their Instalment Plan. All the tickets you want, including those, add on extras broken down into four smaller payments. Just add tickets to your basket, as usual, follow the instructions to checkout and select to pay using the Instalment Plan option after entering your shipping address. The first payment of 25% of your booking total, plus any service charges will be taken immediately. 25% of the total cost of your purchase on 1 April 2019 25% of the total cost of your purchase on 1 May 2019 The final 25% of the total cost of your purchase on 3 June 2019. Be warned that the instalment option will on be available up to 28 February 2019.
Everything Leeds and Reading Festival can be accessed on their official website; where you can access information about travelling to the sites, what to expect when you get there, what you can and cannot bring as well as links to purchases including tickets and coaches.