The Libertines to headline Reading and Leeds Festival 2015; More than 50 bands added to bill

Band join previously announced headliners Metallica and Mumford & Sons

The Libertines have been announced as the third and final headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festival.

The band join Metallica and Mumford & Sons at the top of the bills for the events, which take place from August 28 to 30 across the two sites. A post on Reading Festival’s Facebook page had an anonymous message from the Libertines earlier today, which read: “Yeah, so I just woke up but like, I dunno, I just can’t stop thinking about Reading and Leeds and how much I’m looking forward to playing Reading & Leeds 2015.”

In an interview with NME, Carl Barat said of his band’s headline slot: “Reading has always been a special festival to me, it’s where I misspent a lot of my youth. I saw Rage against the Machine there when I was a nipper, which inspired a lot in me. Zack de la Rocha set me on a path, he bridged the gap between my bedroom and Velvet Underground and Jimi Hendrix and the Doors and showed me what it really was to be up on that stage in front of all those people.”


Barat added: “”It’s pretty dizzying to be alongside Metallica, I used to love them when I was a kid. They were up there with Michael Jackson and James Dean.”

Also announced today are The Cribs, The Maccabees, A$AP Ferg, Azealia Banks, Bring Me The Horizon, Django Django, Everything Everything, Slaves and Frank Turner. Kendrick Lamar, Peace and Swim Deep are also on the bill, among others (see full list below).

Everything Everything, one of the acts to join the line-up, said in a statement.”Reading & Leeds were the first big festivals we ever played. There’s nothing like the racket of a Reading & Leeds crowd, a real music-led fervour. We haven’t played since 2011 and really we’ve missed it. It’s been far too long.”

Slaves, who’re currently performing on the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas, said: “What a pleasure, what an honour, what a privilege, what a joy it is to be on the bill for Reading & Leeds. Seriously.”

Ahead of the festival, The Libertines discussed the progress of their forthcoming third album at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, last week. “We’ve started it, we haven’t spent a great deal of time on it yet. We’re just getting our friendships back on track and getting on the same page,” Carl Barat said. “We’ve been apart from a long time but not much has really changed really.”

Drummer Gary Powell added: “Carl’s just come back from Thailand, he’s been working with Pete there, so the groundwork and the foundations have actually begined [sic] to manifest something of interest for everybody. Because we haven’t recorded for such a long period of time… we need to let things sit and simmer. We can’t just dive in there and record an album, because we haven’t done anything in over 10 years. So we need to figure out exactly how we all work together and the direction of the record.”


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The Reading and Leeds 2015 line-up:

A$AP Ferg
All Time Low
American Football
Azealia Banks
Ben Kahn
Boy Better Know
Bring Me The Horizon
Bury Tomorrow
Camo & Krooked
Cancer Bats
Catfish and The Bottlemen
Circa Waves
Dillon Francis
Django Django
Everything Everything
Flatbush Zombies
Frank Turner (solo)
Frnkiero Andthe Cellabration
Glass Animals
Gorgon City
Hannah Wants
Hudson Mohawke
Jack Garratt
Jake Isaac
Jamie T
Jamie XX
Kendrick Lamar
Knife Party
Krept & Konan
Lethal Bizzle
Limp Bizkit
Little May
Lonely The Brave
Manchester Orchestra
Metallica (Headliner)
Modern Life Is War
Mumford & Sons (Headliner)
My Nu Leng
Neck Deep
New Found Glory
Nick Brewer
Panic! At the Disco
Pierce The Veil
Porter Robinson
Pretty Vicious
Rae Sremmurd
Rat Boy
Rebel Sound
Royal Blood
Run The Jewels
San Fermin
Simple Plan
Swim Deep
The Bulletproof Bomb
The Cribs
The Districts
The Libertines (Headliner)
The Maccabees
The Menzingers
The Wombats
Toyboy & Robin
Tyler, The Creator
Walking On Cars
We Are The Ocean
While She Sleeps
Wilkinson (Live)
Wolf Alice
Years & Years

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