Merchandise, Parquet Courts, Spector and Drenge join weekend line-up
The latest additions to this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival line-ups have been announced with Merchandise, Parquet Courts, Spector and Drenge joining the bill as well as announcements for the Dance and Lock Up tents.
Spector are one of the three Festival Republic tent headliners alongside Crystal Fighters and British Sea Power with Merchandise, Parquet Courts, Drenge, Surfer Blood, Kate Nash, Mo, MS MR and Half Moon Run all announced today (April 25). Other new additions to the Festival Republic line up include indlay, MMX, Lucy Rose, Tim Burgess, Splashh, Skaters, Balthazar, To Kill A King, Pure Love, The Jim Jones Revue, California X, Chapel Club, Twenty One Pilots and The Family Rain.
Speaking about his band’s first appearance at the festival, Eoin Loveless of Drenge says: “It’s a legendary festival. It’s one of the oldest ones around and when you’re asked to play it you’re aware of the legacy of all the great bands that have played there. It’s great now when they start announcing all the new bands. Those are the exciting things to see, it’s not just about Eminem and Green Day.”
Elsewhere, Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis, We Are The In Crowd and Bury Tomorrow are all new on the Main Stage line-up while Fidlar, Kodaline, Frightened Rabbit, Tribes and AlunaGeorge will perform on the NME/ Radio 1 stage across the 3 day festival
Reading and Leeds’ Dance Stage has also grown with the additions of Fenech Soler, Friction, Clean Bandit and Bondax joining headliners Magnetic Man, Knife Party and Sub Focus on the bill. Robert Delong, A-Trak, Flux Pavillion, Redlight, Jagwar Ma, Willy Moon, Big Black Delta, Night Works, Dillon Francis, Charli XCX, Fred V & Grafix, Jacob Plant feat. Majestix will also appear across the weekend.
Finally, Alkaline Trio will headline the Lock Up Stage with The Living End, RX Bandits, Quicksand, The Computers, Cerebral Ballzy, Sick Of It All, The Bronx, King Prawn, Funeral For A Friend, Gallows, And So I Watch You From Afar, Arcane Roots, Crossfaith and Heaven’s Basement all playing live across the three days. Shikari Sound System will also headline one night.
Describing the alter ego of his band Enter Shikari, frontman Rou Reynolds says: “Expect re-worked Enter Shikari tracks along with classic remixes and new surprises. Expect eerie live electronics and tent-peg-dislodging baselines. Expect a tour through many dance tempos and electronic genres that have been a constant inspiration to our band’s sound. Combining both live instruments and percussion with dub-plate wizardry, this is one for the skankers, the steppers, the movers and the shakers.”
Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro headline this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals. See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer’s events.