The anticipation leading up to a festival is part of the experience, the packing, planning and standard buzz at every announcement. It has been no different this year for Reading and Leeds as every announcement has brought in a multitude of great artists that are to take to the stages at our favourite festival in August. Over the years the festival has played host to some of the biggest names in music as headliners, including the likes of Nirvana, Radiohead and Metallica. 2017 sees a trio of headliners that challenges some of the best festival bills we’ve ever seen and leaves us counting down the days until August bank holiday weekend!
First announced for the Friday at Leeds were Muse, British alt-rock legends. They last headlined the festival in 2011 in spectacular style, playing the entirety of Origins of Symmetry, and putting on what has been pinned as one of the best headline sets of the century at the festival. On the back of a long run touring their 2015 release, Drones, the band have confirmed that they will be releasing new music in time for the festival and there was even some speculation about a ‘by request’ set, which would give fans the opportunity to vote for the setlist. Regardless of setlist however, there’s no doubt that the trio will put on a stellar set.
The second announcement saw Kasabian take the slot for the Saturday at Leeds, a very well respected decision that will be rewarded with some of the best live music that can be offered today. Kasabian have been headlining festivals for many years, and for very good reason. They released their latest album, For Crying Out Loud earlier this year to a great reception and it hosts some bangers that will slot in nicely with the Kasabian classics we all love to sing along with.
The final announcement sent music fans all over the UK into a rush to buy tickets, Eminem being announced to headline the Sunday at Leeds is a huge pull for the festival and has already lead to day tickets being sold out for the Eminem day at both Reading and Leeds. His 2013 set lead to some questions about his capability to headline the festival, but we have every faith that he will lay those queries to rest with what will be a quality set from a true legend. The set will promise a selection of tracks spanning his whole career and there’s still some hope for new music in time for his performance!
For those with a slightly heavier taste than what the other stages offer, the pit/lock up stage at Reading and Leeds is the place to be as this year’s festival sees a great selection of artists that are sure to take the tent by storm. Headlining the Lock Up stage on the Friday at Leeds are pop punk band, Neck Deep, a band that has proved themselves worthy of the slot multiple times at the festival, even taking to the main stage in 2015. With new album, The Peace and the Panic coming out only a week before the festival, fans can expect great things from their set.
Taking the headline slot on the Pit stage on Saturday at Leeds is Punk rock four piece, Billy Talent, a band that have been around for many years and worked their way up the venues and festival bills to the place they are today. Their 2016 release, Afraid of Heights was a great success and pleased both new and old school fans of the band, a true testament to their undeniable talent, and a fitting addition to their legacy. Always putting on an ace live performance, we can’t wait to see what they bring to the table for this year’s set.
Now, for those still standing on the Sunday night at Leeds, While She Sleeps are certain to finish your festival with a bang, and a lot of bruises. Sheffield metalcore titans are headlining the Pit stage, and what band are more deserving? You Are We was an album released earlier this year that pushed the boundaries and made huge steps in the progression of UK metalcore. Their live performances are always brimming with energy and are not to be missed and it’s fair to say that this could be easily the set of the weekend.