Indie superstars Foals and electro dance chart-toppers Disclosure have been announced as co-headliners at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.
They join earlier announced headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, The 1975 and Courteeners.
Also announced today are Jack Ü, Imagine Dragons, Two Door Cinema Club, Fetty Wap, Crystal Castles, Parkway Drive, The Internet, Nothing But Thieves, Oliver Heldens and Hannah Wants.
Alternative stage announcements are Kurupt FM, Champagne Steam Rooms and Cassetteboy Vs DJ Rubbish.
The festivals will take place across the Bank Holiday weekend of August 26 to 28, 2016.
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In a Reading and Leeds first, Foals and Disclosure, two bastions of modern British music, will be making the step up to the largest festival stages of their careers, bringing together two defining acts of a generation.
Returning after their festival-stopping surprise set last year, 2016 will see Foals in their debut headline performance at Reading and Leeds.
Unafraid of genre limitations, their endless creativity and ferocious live shows have seen the Oxford five-piece rise through the ranks, positioning themselves as one of the most unmissable live acts in the world.
Dance phenomenon Disclosure will be celebrating their very first major UK Festival headlining set.
Their chart topping dance anthems sound-tracked the worldwide explosion of UK dance. Their 2014 performance saw crowds overflowing the NME/Radio 1 Stage, so their return to headline in 2016 is one not to be missed.
Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “I couldn’t be more excited about this announcement. A co -headline with two of the most promising British acts out there; Foals secret set last year was a highlight for me, as I’m sure their debut headline slot will be, coupled with the phenomenal Disclosure – we’re very proud to be able to give these acts the recognition they deserve.”
Foals released a statement saying: “We're absolutely buzzing to be headlining Reading and Leeds this year. It's a dream come true. I used to watch Nirvana live at Reading '92, on vhs, repeatedly while dying my hair blue and learning how to play guitar, badly.
"We've worked our way up on our own terms and to be given the chance to headline one of world’s most iconic festivals is a huge achievement for us and hopefully a sign for all bands, that, if you stick to your guns and focus on what matters, you'll get there and smash it. Onwards & upwards friends. Long live the guitar band”
Dance super group Jack Ü have shifted the face of modern dance, with worldwide smash Where Are U Now dominating the airwaves.
Bringing together electronic dance icons Skrillex and Diplo, their live shows at Reading and Leeds 2016 will be a summer extravaganza like no other.
In a European festival exclusive, Imagine Dragons will be returning to Reading and Leeds with a catalogue of chart hits including Radioactive, It’s Time and Demons, that are destined to whip the capacity crowds into a frenzy. This will be the only place to catch them in Europe this summer.
The band said: “Reading and Leeds is one of the best festivals in the world. We look forward to the wonderful people. The music. And even the mud. See you soon."
Two Door Cinema Club fans can expect a mix of old favourites and new tracks from the Northern Ireland trio.
The hottest name in hip-hop, Fetty Wap, will make his debut UK live appearance at this year’s festival.
Shaking up the hip-hop scene with his dark tales of modern life, the underground king has remained an untouchable enigma since his rise to stardom. The master behind 2015 hit Trap Queen, Fetty also made Billboard history when his first four singles – Trap Queen, Again, My Way and 679’- charted simultaneously on the Hot Rap Songs chart.
A true breakthrough success story, the anthemic sounds of Nothing But Thieves will be bringing a range of heavy cuts from their eponymous debut album released late last year. They willl be sharing the bill with pulsating electro pioneers Crystal Castles, fresh from a new line up and sound - expect a barrage of synthesised distortion and a visceral live show like no other.
Nothing But Thieves said of their Reading and Leeds return: "Last year’s Reading and Leeds was one of our highlights of 2015, it was an honour to play a stage that we've seen so many bands at since we were kids, cannot wait to be playing again this year."
Parkway Drive are set to bring their angry metalcore cocktail to the party with their only UK festival appearance of the summer. The Internet promise to grip the crowds with their modern take on neo-soul and trip-hop in yet another UK exclusive.
Co-headliners Disclosure will be joined on the line-up by Gecko (Overdrive), chart supremo Oliver Heldens and the undisputed queen of UK dance Hannah Wants.
Hannah said: "2015 was my very first experience playing Reading and Leeds and wow I was impressed! The crowds were absolutely insaaaaaane! I’m so hyped to returning again this year!”
Oliver Heldens said: “I’m really looking forward to playing this August. I like the fact that there is a very diverse line up and I hope to see some cool acts when I’m at the festival. I can’t wait to be back in the UK and hope to see you all there!”
Newly announced additions:
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headliner: Festival Exclusive)
Boy Better Know
Twenty One Pilots
Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)
Tickets are on sale now. Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total
Day ticket prices/sale date TBC.
(PAYMENTS DATES FOR AFTER DECEMBER CUT-OFF)
Early entry permits - £20 (No booking fee)
Campervan permits - £75 (No booking fee)
Lockers - £16 (No booking fee)
Reading car park - £10 (No booking fee)
Tuborg is once again proud to be the official beer partner of Reading and Leeds. Somersby are the official cider partner. Relentless Energy Drink, a partner of Reading and Leeds for many years, will be back again in 2016 as the Official Energy Drink partner of both Festivals. Expect to see the epic Relentless Stage back at Leeds Festival and more immersive activities across the Festival sites to be enjoyed. Visit the site at www.relentlessenergy.com, www.facebook.com/RelentlessEnergy and follow on Twitter @relentlessdrink
To celebrate this year’s epic festival season, Smirnoff, the world’s most popular vodka brand, will be partnering with the biggest festivals for another year in Britain including Reading and Leeds. For great ways to get involved and for all the latest festival news and gossip from around Europe follow them on Twitter @SmirnoffEurope
Pepsi Max isthe official cola partner of Reading and Leeds. Follow on Twitter @PepsiMaxUK and check out the hashtag #LiveForNow