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Reading & Leeds confirm 2022 festival line-up announcement date

The festival returns from August 26-28, 2022

By Ella Kemp

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

Reading & Leeds Festival has announced that the first line-up announcement will take place next week.

The dual festival will take place over August 26-28, 2022, and it’s now been confirmed that the first wave of acts will be announced on Wednesday (December 8).

It was also announced today (December 3) that a general ticket sale will begin on the Friday after the announcement, December 10.

First Release tickets are currently on sale. Festival organisers warned fans today that prices will increase for general release tickets and payment plan options are available.

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

Speaking to NME earlier this year, festival boss Melvin Benn teased that six headliners would also be booked for the 2022 events, three of which had already been confirmed.

“As you’ve seen from 2020 into this year, we don’t just rebook acts for the sake of it,” he said. “What we want to do is book a relevant festival every year, and not just rebook the acts who have cancelled,” he said.

Teasing the major names to come, Benn said that only some of the six headliners “have guitars” and only one has headlined Reading & Leeds before.

In other festival news, Coldplay recently ruled out an appearance at next year’s Glastonbury festival.

Speaking to NME, frontman Chris Martin explained: “Glastonbury is our spiritual home, but even your parents say you need to leave home sometimes.”

The next edition of Glastonbury will take place from June 22-27, 2022.

All Points East also recently announced their line-ups across two weekends next year to celebrate the August Bank Holiday.

The Chemical Brothers and Kraftwerk top the bill on Saturday (20), while Tame Impala and The National will perform the following Thursday (25) and Friday (26) respectively. 

Disclosure will take to the stage for the penultimate headline performance on Saturday (27), and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds will round up the festival Saturday (28).