SHEFFIELD indie band The Sherlocks are among more than 70 new announcements today to play this year’s Leeds Festival.
They join the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy, already announced, for the Bank Holiday weekend festival, on August 26 to 28.
Leading today’s additions is New York hip-hop royalty Nas, on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage.
Also announced are Frank Turner, Good Charlotte, Kano, Mastodon, Tonight Alive, Coheed and Cambria and The Temper Trap.
The Sherlocks - singer songwriter Kiaran, 20, brother and drummer Brandon, 23, guitarist Josh Davidson, 22, and his brother and bassist Andy, 17 - recently played the biggest music festival in the world, the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas.
The Bolton Upon Dearne indie quartet have over 700 gigs to their name. have just completed their first UK headline tour, selling out most venues around the country, and their latest single Last Night has been getting lots of Radio 1 airplay.
The Sherlocks return to play Sheffield’s Leadmill on Friday, June 3 - after recently becoming the first unsigned local band to sell out the venue since the Arctic Monkeys.
But their return to the Leeds Festival and its twin event in Reading, after fans went wild for them last year, is set to be the highlight of their summer, they say.
Kiaran, said: “Big love for Reading and Leeds! We hope that the tents are pegged down properly because we are going to blow the roof off! We’d urge everyone to get down extra early, last year the tents were rammed, this year it is going to be absolute carnage!!! We’d hate for anyone to miss our set, it’s going off!”
Brandon said: “It’s one of the biggest festivals in the UK and Leeds is so close to home, like a massive homecoming for us. I feel like Reading and Leeds is going to be hjighlight of our summer.”
They will play the Festival Republic Stage along with other announced bands today including VANT, The Magic Gang, Blaenavon, The Hunna, LANY, Rationale, Beach Baby, Transviolet, Isaac Gracie, Lewis Del Mar, Otherkin, Anteros, The Beach, The Vyrll Society, Area 52 and Tibet.
Leeds locals Pulled Apart By Horses said: “We’re pretty god damn excited about coming back this year. We’re geared up with new album material to play and can’t think of a better place to road-test it than at Leeds and Reading Festival!”
Reading & Leeds has added even more names to the Bank Holiday weekend mecca of music, with over 70 names announced today across 6 phenomenal stages.
After breaking the record for consecutive appearances at Reading and Leeds last year with his ninth straight set, festival hero Frank Turner is set to make it a decade of singalongs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances as he returns this summer.
With huge headline performances set from the already announced Jack Ü, Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, new additions include another UK Festival Exclusive from Australian rock morphers Tonight Alive; fresh from releasing their soundscape-filled third LP Limitless earlier in the year. Further additions include Mancunion buzz-rockers Spring King, the swirling pop dreams of Sunset Sons, translucent movers Haelos and the roaring heavy punch of Black Foxxes, who are all set to make the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage a roaring coliseum of altering and exciting game-changing soundtracks.
With an incredible array of names from across the rock world, The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is the go-to home of all things heavy. Alongside Good Charlotte returning for a incredibly special headline set and stone drivers Mastodon topping the bill, Californian rock pioneers Thrice will return with a hotly anticipated set filled with classics and fresh cuts alike. Hacktivist will be bringing an unparalleled live experience to the stage this summer, whilst the anthemic refrains of Nothing More and the grunge kicks of Milk Teeth are destined to steal the stage with some truly breathtaking performances.
Bringing together the hottest names from both sides of the atlantic, the BBC 1Xtra Stage is set for its biggest lineup to date, with Kano, Travi$ Scott and G-Eazy headlining across the weekend. New additions today include teenage slacker-rap sensation Yung Lean who has taken the world by storm with his unique flow and style, underground US wordsmith Hoodie Allen, the soulful tones of Maverick Sabre and the in-demand producer responsible for the most played and revered hip-hop tracks of recent times after working with Drake, Kanye West, Future and many more; Metro Boomin.
Recently named in Forbes’ ‘30 Under 30’, the influential tales and torments of Little Simz will take to the BBC 1Xtra Stage stage, whilst the unmistakable rise of grime continues with Fekky, Geko and Manchester’s finest Bugzy Malone all dropping in across the weekend for quick-fire and relentless rhymes. Critically acclaimed US star Logic will be bringing his very own slant to proceedings alongside appearances over the weekend from K.Flay, Franko Fraize and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo; making it a huge hip-hop superstar take over on the BBC 1Xtra Stage at Reading & Leeds this year.
Already soaked with unmistakable dance royalty, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundary-pushers throughout the weekend, with new additions today including PC Music titan SOPHIE; whose superactive original sound has seen PC Music rise from bedroom concern to global festival stages. Fellow PC Music stalwart Danny L Harle will also bring the tectonic beats this summer, with the deep blues and soul of Brighton’s Rag’n’Bone Man also destined to serenade the stage with his gritty blue-eyed charm. Dark bass honcho Friction will take to the decks over the bank holiday weekend, with further drum and bass takedowns set from Fred V & Grafix and Delta Heavy.
After recently supporting The 1975 on their world tour, the hotly tipped electro-soul soother The Japanese House will mesmerise Reading & Leeds with her emotional masterclass. The Girl Is Mine chart supremos 99 Souls are set to bring the sunshine across the weekend, with experimental-house heavyweight Redlight and neo-soul groovers Lion Babe bringing their own refreshing beats that are sure to get the masses moving at Reading & Leeds 2016. With further performances from Zac Samuel, Tkay Maidza, Hermitude, Lemaitre, Low Steppa, Draper and James Organ over the weekend, the electronic souls and sounds are set to ring out from the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage this year.
Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total
Day tickets are £59.50 + £7 booking fee
Early entry permits - £20 (No booking fee)
Campervan permits - £75 (No booking fee)
Lockers - £16 (No booking fee)