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Reading & Leeds Festival to reveal first names on 2022 line-up next month

The dual festivals will return next August bank holiday weekend

By Will Richards

A photo from the crowd of Sam Fender performing on the main stage at Reading Festival
Reading & Leeds. Credit: BBC/YouTube.

Reading & Leeds festivals have announced that they’re set to reveal the first names on their 2022 line-up next month.

After returning this August with a bumper bill featuring two main stages and six headliners for the first time after cancelling in 2020 due to coronavirus, the pair of festivals will return again next year.

Reading & Leeds 2020 will take place from August 26-28 next year at Little John’s Farm in Reading and at Bramham Park in Leeds.

Announcing the imminent news, the festival wrote on Twitter: “Are you ready for some #RandL22 lineup news? Coming early December!”

They also revealed that early bird tickets for the event are on sale now, which can be picked up here for Reading, and here for Leeds.

Reading & Leeds 2021 was headlined by Liam GallagherPost MaloneStormzyDisclosureBiffy Clyro and Catfish + The Bottlemen across two ‘East’ and ‘West’ main stages – the first time this has happened in the history of the festival.

Speaking to NME around this year’s festival, boss Melvin Benn said that six headliners would also be booked for next year’s events, three of which are already in the bag.

“As you’ve seen from 2020 into this year, we don’t just rebook acts for the sake of it. What we want to do is book a relevant festival every year, and not just rebook the acts who have cancelled,” he said, adding that some of the six headliners “have guitars” and only one has headlined Reading & Leeds before.

In other festival news, Radio 1’s Big Weekend has announced that it will hold an in-person festival for the first time in three years in 2022 due to the pandemic.

The event will come to Coventry on the weekend of May 27-29 next year at War Memorial Park, with line up details expected to be announced soon.

Pa Salieu, who grew up in Coventry, said he’s “more than proud” of his city, and that having Big Weekend hosted there is “very, very exciting”.