The 2023 edition of the twin-site event is due to take place at Richfield Avenue in Reading, and Bramham Park in Leeds between August 25-27. You can buy any remaining tickets here.
Headlining this year’s R&L will be Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, The 1975, The Killers, Foals and Imagine Dragons. Also featured on the bill are the likes of Wet Leg, Central Cee, Inhaler, Steve Lacy and Knucks.
Earlier this week (August 21), Soft Play – formerly known as Slaves – announced that they’ll be playing the Festival Republic Stage at 7.45pm on Saturday (August 26) at Reading and 7.20pm at Leeds on Sunday (27).
It was then rumoured that both Girl In Red and Bombay Bicycle Club could be appearing as surprise special guests.
The Norwegian singer-songwriter is scheduled to perform at All Points East in London tomorrow (August 25) and Monday (August 28) in support of The Strokes/Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Haim, respectively. Girl In Red, who last played at R&L in 2021, is free this Saturday and Sunday at the time of writing.
However, a spokesperson for Girl In Red has since denied that she’ll be making an appearance.
Elsewhere, Bombay Bicycle Club teased that they could also be popping up onsite. Following the release of their single ‘Diving’ – a collaboration with Holly Humberstone – the group quote-tweeted a post from Reading & Leeds’ official Twitter (X) account.
“If only there was a way we could play this [track] on stage @OfficialRandL this year 🤔,” Bombay Bicycle Club wrote. “Let’s work something out 👀.”
— Bombay Bicycle Club (@BombayBicycle) July 21, 2023
Bombay Bicycle Club subsequently confirmed a performance on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage at Reading at 12 noon on Friday. It’ll mark the group’s first show at the event in nine years.
“The first time we opened the festival in 2007 the gates hadn’t opened when we went on,” they wrote, “so hopefully we’ll see more of you there this time. We can’t wait to see you there tomorrow.”
A representative for Bombay Bicycle Club told NME that the band will not be appearing at Leeds Festival.
See the post below.
Back at @OfficialRandL for the first time in 9 years. The first time we opened the festival in 2007 the gates hadn’t opened when we went on, so hopefully we’ll see more of you there this time. We can’t wait to see you there tomorrow.
Fri Aug 25th
BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage pic.twitter.com/SZunbI5lrh
— Bombay Bicycle Club (@BombayBicycle) August 24, 2023
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