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Preview: Reading & Leeds Festival 2015

Carrie Humphries


The summer festival season is already be in progress, but it is definitely far from over as music fans can look forward one of the biggest weekends of the festival season in just a few weeks; Reading and Leeds.

The twin festivals return to Bramham Park in Leeds and Richfield Avenue in Reading on the summer bank holiday weekend, and are promising a gargantuan lineup to satisfy even the most discerning of music fans; including headliners Metallica, Mumford & Sons and The Libertines.

A host of other exciting acts have also been announced to put on mind blowing performances on the plethora of stages. Joining the headliners on the main stage over the weekend will be acts such as Alt-J, Lonely The Brave, Bastille, Royal Blood and Bring Me The Horizon.

From past visits to both Reading and Leeds, I find that some of the most interesting experiences that you can have over the course of the weekend is actually by venturing to some of the smaller arenas such as the Radio 1/NME and Festival Republic stages. These are usually packed with fresh new alternative artists that put on explosive performances for fans.

Highlights from the Radio 1/NME stage include Years and Years, Don Broco, Echosmith, Twin Atlantic, Wolf Alice and Nothing But Thieves. Meanwhile, you can also enjoy some fantastic performances from Bury Tomorrow, Pvris, LTNT, Frank Turner, We Are The Ocean, San Fermin and Walking on Cars on the Lock Up and Festival Republic stages.

Also; if you find yourself getting sick of all this awesome music (but I very much doubt it) then there is even a comedy line-up to keep a smile upon your face. This year sees the festival hosting comics including the king of one-liners Milton Jones; along with Russell Kane, Daniel Sloss, Holly Walsh, Reginald D Hunter and Stephen K Amos.

If this has wet your taste buds for a crazy weekend of music; weekend camping tickets are still available at £205.00 plus booking fee or alternatively, day tickets are also available at £59.50 plus booking fee. For more information see the official Reading and Leeds websites.