March 12 2014 Latest news:
By Alan Davies
Thursday, February 6, 2014
The Reading and Leeds Festival 2014 line-up is taking shape, with Arctic Monkeys confirmed as the second headliners for this summer’s event.
It’s shaping up to be a big summer for Reading & Leeds, which takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Having already announced first headliners Blink-182 for their only UK shows of 2014, as well as Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion, even more names have now been revealed.
Joining the 2014 line-up are main stage headliners Arctic Monkeys with an exclusive festival set in England and Wales, Manchester favourites Courteeners, The 1975, album chart-toppers You Me At Six, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Netsky, Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac, Royal Blood, Hozier, Architects, Issues, Pusha T and Krept & Konan across the weekend.
The third main stage headliner has yet to be confirmed.
Organisers are thrilled to welcome global superstars and bonafide rock heroes Arctic Monkeys back to headline the two festival sites this summer.
Nominated for ‘Best British Band’ at the upcoming BRIT Awards and ‘Best Live Band’ at the NME Awards, they need no introduction to the Reading & Leeds audience.
First performing on one of the smaller stages in 2005 prior to the release of their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, they took their rightful place on the main stage in 2006, returning to headline the festivals with an electrifying set in 2009.
Voted as NME’s ‘Album of The Year’ in 2013, new album ‘AM’ saw the band return more confident than ever, with hits including single and instant classic ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ and ‘R U Mine?’.
Speaking to NME about Reading & Leeds, Matt Helders said: “We’ve got a lot of history with the festival. It’s the first festival I ever went to – we all went together as kids.
“We were 15 or 16 and it was a big deal going to a festival like that on your own”.
After announcing a brief hiatus back in December, Manchester’s Courteeners will be heading to this year’s Reading & Leeds for an exclusive festival performance in England and Wales.
Having first burst onto the scene with 2007’s ‘St Jude’, last year saw the band release their third top 10 album ‘ANNA’.
One of the breakout acts of 2013, The 1975 will return to this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals, following the huge success of their debut album.
Fresh from topping the album charts with ‘Cavalier Youth’, Surrey rock quintet You Me At Six will appear on the main stage at Reading & Leeds, with an exclusive festival appearance in England and Wales.
From their much-loved 2010 debut ‘The Fool’ through to their recently released top 10 self-titled full length, produced by Flood and mixed by Nigel Godrich, female quartet Warpaint have positioned themselves as one of the most highly regarded indie-rock bands around.
Also joining the Reading bill is Belgian super producer and DJ Netsky, one of the hottest acts in electronic music today.
He will transform Reading & Leeds into a rave this August Bank Holiday weekend as he headlines the Dance Stage.
One of the most in-demand DJs currently on the festival and club circuit, BBC Radio 1 DJ Annie Mac is a welcome addition to the Dance line-up at Reading & Leeds Festivals.
Annie said: “Reading & Leeds Festival is close to my heart and I went religiously back before I was a DJ. It’s been a dream to play there and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Brighton duo Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher make up the two halves of Royal Blood.
Despite their minimal line-up of drums, bass and vocals, the pair create melodic, riff-heavy power rock that has, since their recent 2013 inception, seen them championed by the likes of BBC Radio 1 and included in the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist.
Having recently announced that Daniel P Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, will curate the dedicated rock stage in 2014, fans have named the stage The Pit.
And Reading & Leeds organisers are proud to welcome Brighton metalcore titans Architects to The Pit this summer.
Following their signing to Epitaph, the band release their hotly-anticipated sixth full-length album ‘Lost Forever // Lost Together’ next month, and will bring their ferocious vocals and complex guitar riffs to Reading & Leeds for one of the most exciting sets of the weekend.
Architects lead vocalist Sam Carter said: “We’re delighted to be playing Reading & Leeds again this year.
“Reading festival was a huge part of our musical upbringing and it was the first festival that any of us attended. It’s an honour to be part of such a huge and prestigious festival. August can’t come soon enough.”
Championed by BBC Radio 1Xtra, MOBO Award-winning South London MCs Krept & Konan have been making waves on the UK rap scene and will bring their uniquely evocative brand of hip-hop to the festivals.
* For more music festival news, visit the Welwyn Hatfield Times’ Festivals section.