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Reading and Leeds Festivals line-ups

The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. The events both happen on the bank holiday weekend in August (on Friday, Saturday, Sunday), and share the same bill (occasionally with one or two exceptions). The Leeds site began in 1999, while the original festival dates back to National Jazz Festival and settled in Reading in 1971.

The following is a list of acts that have played at the festival.

2008

Main Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1/NME Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Dance Arena

Reading Sunday
Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

Alternative Stage

Days TBA

Notes

  • The festival ran from Friday 22 - Sunday 24 August 2008. Weekend tickets cost £155. Day tickets cost £65.
  • Punktastic confirmed, Set Your Goals had pulled out of Reading/Leeds Festival. Alkaline Trio pulled mainland festival appearances but still appeared at Reading/Leeds.
  • All bands listed are confirmed to appear according to the official Reading and Leeds festival site
  • The Pigeon Detectives appeared on the Dance To The Radio Stage (an alias for the BBC Introducing Stage in reference to their label) on Thursday 21st at the Leeds Site. This carries on the tradition of bands originating from Leeds making surprise appearances at the festival after the Kaiser Chiefs had done the previous year
  • Slipknot pulled out of the festival after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle As this meant Feeder played in their slot instead, frontman Grant Nicholas dedicated "Buck Rogers" to Slipknot fans in the audience.
  • Avenged Sevenfold's set, was also supposed to be performed at Reading, but at the Leeds leg the band stopped after four songs at Leeds due to singer M. Shadows having a vocal strain, the band then pulled out of playing at Reading as M Shadows was told to rest his vocal chords by a doctor. This also seen a mix-up in the running order during the days bands, and starting times being delayed by 15-30 minutes. The mix-up meant the running order did not reflect the popularity the acts had with the festival goers, and time was also filled when the timetable was being re-planned by playing music over the PA system.
  • Also a number of Nirvana covers were made including Territorial Pissings by Pennywise; In Bloom by Dirty Pretty Things; Breed by Feeder; and "Pennyroyal Tea" by Manic Street Preachers.

2007

Main Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Stage

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Dance Arena

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday
!
  • Digitalism
  • Datarock
  • Lethal Bizzle
  • Shy Child
  • Metronomy
  • Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
  • Does It Offend You, Yeah?
  • Crystal Castles
  • The Teenagers
  • Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Friday

    The Carling Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    Kaiser Chiefs played a secret slot on the Carling Stage at the Leeds leg of the event under the pseudonym of 'Hooks for Hands'. Extra security were brought in to handle the massive crowds of people trying to get into the tent since it had been confirmed earlier in the day through The Sun newspaper. Foo Fighters were also confirmed through various sources to have a secret slot planned on the Friday of the Reading leg just before Ash in the Radio 1/NME tent, but Dave Grohl fell ill and the slot was pulled. Subsequently, Ash had to rehearse several songs that weren't planned for the set just hours before they were meant to go on.

    +44 also dropped out of the Friday at Leeds and the Sunday at Reading.

    A weekend ticket cost £145 (plus a maximum of £7 booking fee).

    2006

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Dance Arena

    Reading Sunday
    Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

    Carling Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Nokia Tent

    Reading Saturday

    • Modern Clichés

    Notes

    Shortly after the first line-up announcement, Feeder and Yeah Yeah Yeahs switched days, meaning that Yeah Yeah Yeahs would play Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday, and that Feeder would play Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday. Audioslave pulled out of their slot due to the band being busy recording new material, The Shins pulled out for undisclosed reasons, and From First to Last pulled out due to the then lead singer (Sonny Moore) needing throat surgery, Paramore had to pull out because their singer (Hayley Williams) had throat problems and were replaced by Sonic Boom Six lower in the bill. Story of the Year and Bleeding Through also pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Flogging Molly played twice at both festivals, once in the punk tent and once on the main stage. Tickets were £135 for a weekend ticket and £60 for a day ticket.

    This was the first festival in which, due to popular demand the Punk and underground tent extended to two days.

    This year saw the addition of a second barrier at the main stage. There was no policy on admission into the inner circle with both sides wide open, but the intention was to reduce crowd density at the very front. Officially the inner circle had a capacity of 20,000.

    Rioting allegedly did not occur this year and though this was mainly due to the amount of rain on the Sunday night, Mean Fiddler took a new approach to trying to combat the problem. As opposed to increasing security they managed to obtain later licences allowing some entertainments to last until 4 am. This together with the general maintenance of amenities until early Monday morning aimed to keep people occupied preventing riots.

    2005

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    NME/Radio 1 Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Dance Arena

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    See Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

    Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

    Reading Saturday
    Leeds Sunday

    Carling stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    2005 saw My Chemical Romance play both Reading and Leeds on the same day, in an alteration from the original schedule, due to the MTV Video Music Awards. The Transplants were originally booked to play the festivals but pulled out in mid-August due to illness. Jimmy Eat World also pulled out due to other commitments. Other drop outs include Willy Mason, Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy (also due to the VMAs). A weekend ticket cost £125, a day ticket £60.

    2004

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Dance Arena

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    !
  • LCD Soundsystem
  • Shystie
  • Zoot Woman
  • Blackstrobe
  • DJ Format & MC Abdominal
  • Blue States
  • Boom Boom Satellites
  • Bravecaptain
  • See Concrete Jungle Stage

    Concrete Jungle Stage

    Reading Saturday
    Leeds Sunday

    Carling stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    On the Radio 1 Stage, the Super Furry Animals headlined on the Leeds Saturday, with Graham Coxon second. This order was reversed when the bands played the Reading Friday. New Found Glory pulled out a few weeks before the festival. A weekend ticket cost £105, a day ticket £45.

    2003

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Smirnoff Dance Arena

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    The Concrete Jungle Stage

    Reading Saturday
    Leeds Sunday

    Carling stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played as a replacement for The White Stripes, who pulled out after Jack White was in a car crash with his then-girlfriend, Renée Zellweger. Although they played second on the Main Stage, it was billed as with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, reflecting their smaller status. Jay Z also pulled out, with The Darkness moving further up the bill to replace him. The Libertines were without Pete Doherty, who was at that time estranged from the band; he also missed their 2004 appearance. Other drop outs included Courtney Love, Lost Prophets and Godsmack. A weekend ticket cost £95, a day ticket £40.

    2002

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Evening Session Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Third Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday
    The Boutique Stage Concrete Jungle Stage Dance Stage

    Carling stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    Guns N' Roses played only in Leeds as they had a prior touring commitment in London on the day of the Reading event. In Reading they were replaced by Raging Speedhorn who appeared much lower on the bill. A weekend ticket cost £90, a day ticket was £39. Reel Big Fish pulled out of Leeds for undisclosed reasons.

    2001

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Radio 1 Evening Session Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    The End Dance Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    See Concrete Jungle Stage

    The Concrete Jungle Stage

    Reading Saturday
    Leeds Sunday

    Carling stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

    Notes

    This was the year that the Concrete Jungle Stage made its debut. Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £35.

    Radio 1 Evening Session Stage

    2000

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

    Radio 1 Evening Session Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

    Dance Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

    Carling Premier Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £35.

    Rage Against the Machine played their last UK gig at Reading before their break-up. They played their last gig three weeks later. They headlined the festival in 2008 which was their first gig in England since their reunion. Other UK gigs since the reunion have been T In The Park 2008 and Oxegen 2008 which are in Scotland and Ireland respectively.

    1999

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

    Radio 1 Evening Session Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

    Carling Premier Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

    Dance Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday
    Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

    Vans Warped Stage

    Reading Sunday
    Leeds Monday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £30.

    1998

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Dr. Martens Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Carlsberg Export Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
    Vans Warped Stage Full Evolve Stage Big Beat Boutique

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £75, day tickets £30.

    1997

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Dr. Martens Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £70, day tickets £30.

    1996

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    NME Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Dr. Martens Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £60

    1995

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Carlsberg Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £60

    1994

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £55.

    1993

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Comedy Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    • Frank Sidebottom
    • John Thompson
    • Simon Day
    • Mark Maler
    • Ian Cognito
    • John Mann
    • Logan Murray
    • John Maloney
    • Jenny LeCoat
    • Sean Med

    *

    1992

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Melody Maker Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    etc.

    etc.

    etc.

    Comedy Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    • Frank Sidebottom

    etc.

    • The Doug Anthony Allstars

    etc.

    • Frank Skinner

    etc.

    1990

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Mean Fiddler Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £35.00.

    1989

    Main Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Mean Fiddler Stage

    Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

    Notes

    Weekend tickets cost £32.50.

    References

    Official Historical Line Up Posters

    Flickr Historical Line Up Posters

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