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Reading & Leeds announce huge line-up for 2022

Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine, Dave, Halsey and more are due to top the bill

By Tom Skinner

Arctic Monkeys press shot
Arctic Monkeys. CREDIT: Press

Reading & Leeds has announced the line-up for its 2022 festivals, including headliners Arctic Monkeys, Rage Against The Machine and Dave.

The dual event will return on the August Bank Holiday Weekend (26-28) next year with six headliners across two main stages (Main Stage East and Main Stage West).

Arctic Monkeys, who are headlining R+L for the third time, are due to perform on the Main Stage East following sets from Fontaines D.C. and Wolf Alice (Saturday in Reading, Sunday in Leeds).

Dave will top the bill on Friday in Reading and Saturday in Leeds while Rage Against The Machine are scheduled for Sunday in Reading and Friday in Leeds.

Taking the top spots on the Main Stage West, meanwhile, will be Megan Thee Stallion, Bring Me The Horizon and Halsey

In a statement, BMTH frontman Oli Sykes said: “To be headlining Reading & Leeds was never even a dream of mine as it’s something I could never imagine happening. I just never saw our band as a festival headline act.

“But now it’s happening I promise you we are going to put on the best show of our lives for you lot.”

Elsewhere on the line-up are the likes of Run The Jewels, Bastille, Polo G, Little Simz, Pale Waves, Enter Shikari, Måneskin, Denzel Curry and The Lathums.

Organisers promise that “many more” acts are to be announced for Reading & Leeds 2022 over the coming months.

Pre-sale tickets are available now for a 48-hour period, with a general sale due to begin at 9am GMT this Friday (December 10). You can visit here for more information.

The full list of names for Reading & Leeds 2022 is as follows:

Arctic Monkeys
Bring Me the Horizon
Circa Waves
Chloe Moriondo
Denzel Curry
Fever 333
Fontaines D.C.
Glass Animals
Hybrid Minds
Jack Harlow
Joy Crookes
Kid Brunswick
Little Simz
Megan Thee Stallion
Madison Beer
Pale Waves
Pink Pantheress
Polo G
Rage Against the Machine
Run The Jewels
Tai Verdes
Wolf Alice

Arctic Monkeys’ return to R+L comes after drummer Matt Helders revealed that the band had “pretty much” finished work on their forthcoming seventh album, the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’.

Since then, Alex Turner and co. have announced a run of European headline dates and festival appearances for next August/September. They’ve also confirmed a bill-topping performance at the inaugural Primavera Sound Los Angeles.

Reading & Leeds launched its two main stages set up at the 2021 events, which were headlined by Liam GallagherPost MaloneStormzyDisclosureBiffy Clyro and Catfish + The Bottlemen.