Foals hope their journey to headlining Reading and Leeds inspires young bands to follow suit

Band will co-headline 2016 event alongside Disclosure

Yannis Philippakis of Foals hopes his band’s position as Reading and Leeds Festival headliners this year will inspire more bands to believe that they can top the bill at major festivals.

As reported, Foals and Disclosure have been announced as the co-headliners of Reading and Leeds Festival 2016.

Both acts will headline for the first time at the festival, with Red Hot Chili Peppers already confirmed to top the bill in an announcement made last year.

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Speaking to NME, Philippakis says he feels Foals and Disclosure among a crop of young British artists who can step up to headliner status in the next few years.

“There’s a lot of bands out there [who can do the same],” he states. “The Maccabees aren’t far off being able to headline major festivals. There’s bands like Alt-J. Florence smashed it at Glasto last year. It’s happening. If anything, I hope young bands look at us and go: ‘Look, they did it their own way, took their time, grew organically and focused on the music and playing shows and not cashing in or compromising – and they got there.’ I hope that our trajectory has been encouraging to other bands. You can do it on your own terms and you can break through.”


As for his own band’s set at the festival in August, the frontman tells fans to expect a Foals gig with added firepower.

“We just gotta get up there and smash it – and that’s what we’re gonna do. We’ve just gotta prove ourselves. We’ll probably get a bit of extra firepower with the lights and lazers and stuff but in terms of changing what we do – I wouldn’t. No way.

“I’m just looking forward to doing the whole set but I guess playing ‘What Went Down’, that’s gonna be pretty beserk. I feel like that’s gonna be the most raucous moment. And then ‘Spanish’ Sahara’ might be the most magical moment.”

Foals and Disclosure lead a raft of new additions to the festival line-up with Skrillex and Diplo to perform under their Jack Ü guise while Two Door Cinema Club will mark their live return with their only European festival date of the summer.

Other new additions confirmed this week (January 28) include Fetty Wap, Imagine Dragons, Crystal Castles, Parkway Drive, Nothing But Thieves, The Internet, Oliver Heldens and Hannah Wants. Meanwhile, Kurupt FM, the stars of BBC3’s People Just Do Nothing, will also stage their Champagne Steam Rooms club night at the festival this summer.

Reading and Leeds has staged joint headliners before with Paramore and Queens of The Stone Age sharing the top billing in 2014.


Acts previously confirmed to appear across August Bank Holiday (August 26-28) include is The 1975, Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Boy Better Know, DJ EZ, Slaves, Crossfaith, Kinds, and Rat Boy.

Newly announced additions:

Jack Ü
Imagine Dragons
Two Door Cinema Club
Fetty Wap
Crystal Castles
Parkway Drive
Nothing But Thieves
The Internet
Oliver Heldens
Hannah Wants
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Previously announced:

Red Hot Chili Peppers
The 1975
Boy Better Know
Twenty One Pilots
Eagles Of Death Metal
Rat Boy

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