Leeds Festival 2021: date of Reading and Leeds festivals, how to get tickets - and who is in the lineup?

Organisers confirmed that the twin festivals will go ahead over August bank holiday weekend

Wednesday, 24th February 2021, 4:09 pm
Organisers confirmed that Reading and Leeds festivals will run in 2021 (Shutterstock)

The Reading and Leeds music festivals are set to go ahead over the August bank holiday weekend.

Organisers confirmed that the twin festivals will run in 2021 following Boris Johnson’s roadmap out of lockdown announcement for England.

The government plans to remove all legal limits on social contact by 21 June.

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So, what is the date of the music festivals, who is headlining - and how can you get tickets?

Here is everything you need to know.

Are Reading and Leeds festivals going ahead?

Music fans were unsure whether any festivals would go ahead this year, after Europe’s largest live music event, Glastonbury, was cancelled for the second year running.

But posting on Reading and Leeds festivals’ official Twitter page, organisers confirmed what revellers had been waiting to hear.

They simply wrote: "Following the government's recent announcement, we can't wait to get back to the fields this summer. LET'S GO."

The Tweet was shared alongside a short video depicting festival-goers at the events in previous years, including clips of large crowds dancing to music.

Festival bosses are still to confirm detailed plans for the two events, including whether there will be Covid-secure measures, like social distancing, in place.

The festivals last took place in 2019, with over 100,000 people attending the Reading site each day.

Due to strict coronavirus restrictions, the music events were unable to take place last year.

Under the government’s roadmap, outdoor large performances with a maximum of 4,000 people will be permitted from 17 May.

And ministers plan to lift social distancing measures from 21 June, dependent on coronavirus cases, deaths and hospital admissions continuing to fall.

Other festivals which would normally take place ahead of 21 June, including Isle of Wight and Download, are yet to confirm whether they will run this year.

What are the dates of Reading and Leeds festivals?

Reading and Leeds festivals will take place at the two sites’ traditional venues - Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park respectively.

Both events will go ahead on 27 to 29 August 2021, over the bank holiday weekend.

How can I get tickets?

While the festivals have only just been given the go-ahead, tickets have been on sale since last summer.

Organisers had been hoping coronavirus restrictions would be lifted in time for the events to run this year.

Festival-goers have the option of purchasing a weekend instalment plan, a weekend ticket or individual day tickets on the festival websites.

Tickets sold out a month before the 2019 event.

Who is in the Reading and Leeds lineup?

This year’s Reading and Leeds lineup will be rolled over from the cancelled 2020 events.

Stormzy, Post Malone and Liam Gallagher are the confirmed acts to headline the twin festivals.

Other big-name acts making appearances at the festivals include Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens of the Stone Age.

And Lewis Capaldi, Two Door Cinema Club, AJ Tracey and Doja Cat will also be performing.

More artists and stages are still to be announced.

In 2019, The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots and Foo Fighters headlined the festivals.