Arctic Monkeys? Stormzy? The 1975? Dua Lipa? Who could headline in 2019?
Reading & Leeds Festival may have come to a close for 2018, but we’re already looking ahead to 2019’s outing. This year saw Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and Kings Of Leon all top the Main Stage – but who could follow them next time around?
Have the dates been announced for 2019?
Not officially, but Reading & Leeds traditionally runs during the August Bank Holiday weekend. The Bank Holiday Monday next year lands on August 26, meaning that the festival will likely be held from August 23-25 in 2019.
When are tickets on sale?
Tickets go on sale Friday (August 31) from 1pm via the official Reading & Leeds website.
What can we expect in 2019?
2018’s line-up was one of the most diverse and divisive in Reading & Leeds history and it looks like 2019 will follow suit.
“The key thing about any festival is that you don’t stand still. I’m very clear on that,” festival boss Melvin Benn said earlier this year.
He added: “You can’t keep drumming up the same acts and expect people to continue to come and see them. Festivals have to be a reflection of what the public are listening to.”
So expect to see more hip-hop, pop and grime acts playing the traditionally rock and indie-leaning event next year.
Who could headline?
Alex Turner and co have had a very busy summer since the release of ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’, headlining festivals across Europea including TRNSMT Festival in Glasgow during June.
With a UK headline stint still to come in 2018, don’t be surprised if their touring plans extend to 2019. AM last headlined Reading & Leeds in 2014, so it could be about time they returned for a well-timed ‘Tranquility Base’ victory lap.
The 1975 have played Reading & Leeds three times in total, with the last time in 2016 seeing the group headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage.
With two new albums on the way, Matty Healy and his band will have no shortage of tunes to plough through atop the Main Stage.
Bring Me The Horizon
Reading & Leeds has a history of secret sets from artists that would later go on to headline: Green Day and Foals to name a couple.
Bring Me The Horizon surprised us by helping to open the first day on the Radio 1 Stage this year. Next year though, will Oli Sykes and gang be conquering the Main Stage? Their new album, ‘Amo’, has a 2019 release date, so don’t bet against it. They even recently spoke to NME about the possibility…
Guns N’ Roses
Guns N’ Roses may have headlined Reading & Leeds in 2010 and 2002, but neither of those were with their classic line-up. Slash and Duff are now back with Axl and such a booking would be a real crowd pleaser for the festival’s loyal base.
Dua’s had a massive 2018, and this shows no sign of stopping. She’s already reached the peak of the pop charts, but how would she fare topping the Reading & Leeds bill? If her 2018 rehearsal was anything to go by, then she’ll undoubtedly handle it with swagger and effortless cool.
Green Day album ‘Dookie’ turns 25 in 2019 and the band have been busy recently rehearsing the classic record in full. Could they be preparing to bring ‘Basket Case’ and ‘When I Come Around’ to this side of the pond? We really hope so.
Stormzy has already confirmed that he’s working on his second album, but will it be done in time for a potential Reading & Leeds headline set in 2019? Potentially. That’s if Glastonbury doesn’t snap him up first…
My Chemical Romance
Fans have been looking forward to a My Chemical Romance reunion ever since they called it a day back in 2013. Frontman Gerard Way has said he wouldn’t rule it out, so there’s reason to be somewhat optimistic. Make no mistake: MCR reuniting for Reading & Leeds would be absolutely huge.
What are the latest bookies odds?
Paddy Power have installed Arctic Monkeys, Drake and Foo Fighters as the favourites to headline Reading & Leeds in 2019, with a spokesperson saying: “Arctic Monkeys may have disappointed fans by not turning up at Reading & Leeds this year, but we make them the instant favourite to be on the line-up next year.”
Bastille, Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Slaves, Oasis and Muse are also deemed possibilities.
See the full odds below:
Arctic Monkeys 2/1
Foo Fighters 2/1
Biffy Clyro 4/1
Guns N Roses 4/1
Green Day 6/1
The Killers 6/1
Wolf Alice 10/1
Post Malone 12/1
Vampire Weekend 12/1
Dua Lipa 20/1
My Chemical Romance 20/1
The Prodigy 40/1
Kanye West 50/1
The 1975 80/1
Depeche Mode 80/1
Bring Me The Horizon 100/1
Spice Girls 100/1
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