Without one this year it is time to dry the tears start looking forward to festival season 2021. Announcing their six headliners across their two main stages is Reading & Leeds Festivals 2021.
Let’s not keep you holding your breath: Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens of the Stone Age will be the Leeds and Reading headliner at next year’s festivals.
The six headliners will be joined by some of the most exciting talents in rock, indie, alternative, hip-hop, and dance. Including the incredible rap-rock outfit Fever 333, Grammy-nominated Lewis Capaldi, and fellow BRIT Award winner Mabel. Also set to join the bill along with Irish indie-pop favourites Two Door Cinema Club, Californian music star Doja Cat and dreamy indie phenomenon Beabadoobee.
Also announced is alt-rap wonder Ashnikko, chart-topping rapper DaBaby, rising US popstar Madison Beer, house DJ legend MK, distinctive electronic duo outfit Sofi Tukker, hyper-pop experimentalists 100 Gecs and Irish electro-pop singer-songwriter LYRA.
Stormzy is renowned for his epic live shows and his performance on next year’s Reading and Leeds main stages is sure to be one for the history books. A showman like no other, his remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable character. Known for evolving the underground musical landscape, as well as being a perennial political agitator, Stormzy is a true spokesman of black empowerment and social activism. Last year’s critically acclaimed Number One album Heavy Is The Head is testament to this; a record that is home to a necessary and important dialogue that’s equally fiery as it is refreshingly vulnerable. With a flawless show that is decadent, unpredictable, and second to none, his is a well-earned headline slot Reading and Leeds Festival.
Liam Gallagher, who was announced as a Reading and Leeds 2020 headliner, is confirmed to return in 2021.”Yes Brothers and Sisters, I come bearing good news…Yours Truly is headlining Reading & Leeds 2021. C’MON YOU KNOW. LG” shared Gallagher. Platinum-selling, arena-filling Catfish and the Bottlemen return to Reading and Leeds as headliners in 2021 having lit up the BBC Radio One Stage in 2015. The famously committed four-piece has been reluctantly caged since closing 2019 in the USA and a rush of early 2020 European shows, but now look forward to making more memories with their fans.
Texan superstar Post Malone returns to headline Reading and Leeds for the third time. Post Malone has enjoyed an unprecedented trajectory of success, including an incredible main stage headline appearance in 2019 which he followed with chart-topping album Hollywood’s Bleeding. Surrey duo Disclosure will be bringing their unique, cutting-edge show to the festival for the fourth time. “We last headlined Reading & Leeds in 2016 with our friend’s Foals, it was amazing fun and we can’t wait to return next year when it’ll be even more special.” shared the band.
Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic said: “After an absence of a year we are delighted to announce the 2021 return to Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park in 2021 with our most epic plan yet. Two main stages, six headliners, the best line up of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans are going to celebrate the best music in the best music festivals in Britain.”
The three-day festival takes place on 27-29 August 2021, returning to Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park, 27-29th August 2021. Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters at www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com or via the official Reading & Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.
Tickets go on sale from Thursday, September 3 via Ticketmaster – Link Here.