With only Glastonbury able to boast a more lucrative line-up each year, Reading and Leeds is one of the UK’s elite core of music festivals. The festival has a famously rich history which has seen some of the undisputed greatest live performances ever (Nirvana 1992, Arctic Monkeys 2005, The Libertines 2010, Daphne and Celeste?), and 2011 hosts the usual mix of rising stars and old legends with one particular comeback looking set to be in a Different Class.
Yes, if you didn’t guess from that rather obvious and laboured pun, Pulp have been announced as one of the acts to play this year’s Reading And Leeds Festival, playing on Saturday in Reading and Sunday in Leeds, the band have oddly been placed below the bill to eventual headliners The Strokes. Other headliners include festival stalwarts Muse and the floppy-fringed, mascara-wearing, self-harm inducing (if you believe the Daily Mail) My Chemical Romance. This year will see Pulp, who headlined the same festival back in the year 2000 (won’t it be strange when we’re all fully gro-o-o-own), grace the main stages of several festivals including the Isle of Wight Festival, Primavera Sound, Wireless Festival, T in the Park festival and Exit Festival.
Other bands announced to play at Reading and Leeds this year include indie upstarts The Vaccines, Everything Everything, The Horrors, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Noah & The Whale, White Lies, Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles and Bombay Bicycle Club. The older, wiser gentlemen represented by The National, Elbow, Interpol, Jimmy Eat World, Madness, The Streets, The Offspring, Beady Eye and Jane’s Addiction. Plus some metal/emo bands in the form of 30 Seconds To Mars, Enter Shikari, Deftones, New Found Glory and Panic! At The Disco.
No doubt this year will be full of the usual looting, toilets on fire, band bottling, sound problems and – more importantly – some great sets from legendary bands.
You can also buy tickets online now from various websites (including NME, HMV, SeeTickets and Ticketmaster) or in person from 8am tomorrow at HMV Reading, Leeds, Oxford, Manchester, Newcastle, and Southampton.