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Update: Reading and Leeds 2013

By on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at 9:00 am

Reading and Leeds. The rockers’ festival, taking place August Bank Weekend, 23 to 25 August 2013.

Forget all this chatter about it getting a little too indie. Where Download goes down and out to bring you the heaviest of heavy metal, Reading 2013 sits proudly on rocks shoulders and goes hey! We don’t have to all wear black to throw some horns and get down and dirty (insert your favourite metal cliché here), we just need some sick bands to thrash about to.

Enter the sick bands. In 2012, Reading and Leeds had stellar headliners in the form of Kasabian, The Cure and the ultimate festival closer Foo Fighters. They were supported by Florence and the Machine, Paramore, The Black Keys, Enter Shikari and a host of huge acts.

How do they top that? Well, how about getting the biggest rapper in the world, Eminem. FACT. Getting everyone’s favourite shirtless Scotsmen Biffy Clyro to headline. And by booking a re-formed Fall Out Boy, a rejuvenated Bring Me the Horizon and System of a Down. BLOODY SYSTEM OF A DOWN. Remember them, and just how hard they rocked, yeah, well, just imagine how hard they are going to rock the Main Stage.

Add to that the pure power of Deftones, the hottest new band around in the shape of alt-J, a Sub Focus live set for you dub junkies, an 18-year old with a number one album (Jake Bugg), math-rockers Foals and jesus. You’ve got the makings of a helluva weekend. A perfect mix of what’s hip and new and the best of the ‘older’ generations of rock.

And they’re not even finished. What next? I simply can’t see them topping what they’ve got so far. So if you’ve been swayed, weekend tickets, early entry permits, camper van permits are still on sale and are available from Seetickets, here for Reading and here for Leeds.


Preview: Reading and Leeds 2013

By on Friday, 30th November 2012 at 8:00 am

Now that we’re heading straight headfirst into winter, are you longing for those long summer days, with hopefully relatively dry conditions at your favourite music festival? It seems slightly mental to be talking about Reading and Leeds, but in case you haven’t heard, the tickets go on sale in 1 hour (9 AM) today, Friday 30 November. The festivals return August Bank Holiday, Friday the 23rd August to Sunday the 25th August 2013 at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds.

Already announced for the event are Californian band Deftones, who will headline the Main Stage, Mercury Prize-winning Cambridge alt band alt-J (pictured at top), who will headline the Radio1/NME Tent, and producer Sub Focus will headline the brand new BBC Radio1 Dance Stage. More bands will of course be announced in the coming weeks.

For the November/December presale only, 2013 tickets are frozen at 2012 prices, plus applicable booking fees: weekend tickets are £197.50, early entry permits are £15.00, campervan permits are £60.00 and lockers are £15.00. Don’t have all the cash right now? No worries: you can put £50.00 now to reserve your spot, with the rest to be paid in March 2013.

If you buy your full-price tickets now, you will be entered in a lucky draw from some pretty great prizes across both Reading and Leeds: 2 x VIP packages (including the chance to watch a band from the side of the Main Stage and five cases of Tuborg); 4 x Backstage tours, plus a Spotify premium account for 3 months and a Reading and Leeds t-Shirt; 10 Backstage tours; and 20 x Reading and Leeds merchandise bundles. Book now (or, er, get ready in an hour to book) to avoid disappointment!


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