Kelis, Kate Tempest and Bill Bailey to play Reading and Leeds Alternative Stage

Full line-up for the Alternative Stage at both festival sites is revealed

A host of new additions to the bills of the Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced, with Kelis and Kate Tempest both set to appear on the Alternative Stage.

Bill Bailey leads the line-up of comedians set to perform across the weekend of August 22-24 with Mock The Week regular Milton Jones also on the bill. They will be joined by Adam Buxton (Leeds only), The Midnight Beast (Leeds only), Rubberbandits, Terry Alderton, Nick Helm & The Helmettes, Sara Pascoe and the stars of BBC Three comedy People Just Do Nothing.

Other names announced today (July 9) for the Alternative Stage include Mark Watson, Chris Ramsay, Seann Walsh, Jack and Dean, Katherine Ryan, Daniel Sloss, Tiffany Stevenson, Glenn Wool, Carl Donnelly, Phil Nichol, Tom Deacon, Felicity Ward, Rob Beckett, Romesh Ranganathan, Matt Richardson, Tom Price, Jarlath Regan and Sunday Assembly co-founder Sanderson Jones who will ‘Kick The S#*! Out Of Your Morning’ with a show that contains ‘digital comedy’ including Dutch clapping, venn diagrams and chat roulette.


In addition to comedy, there will also be live music on the Alternative Stage with Kate Tempest, Beardyman, London beat boxer Reeps One and spoken word poet Wonder Woman Hollie McNish all confirmed to appear across the weekend.

Late each night, Transgressive Records will stage their regular takeover of the stage. The label will be on site in Leeds on the Saturday and Sunday night with Kelis and The 2 Bears both set to perform live. The label will also bring Star Slinger, Gengahr, Blonde and Famy along for live performances. Transgressive will be taking over Friday night in Reading with BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens and Jen Long DJing in the Silent Arena.

Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014. It will be both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore’s only UK festival appearances of the summer.

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Tickets for Reading have sold out, but tickets are still available for Leeds.