American rapper and songwriter Kendrick Lamar, rockers Kings Of Leon, pop rock stars Fall Out Boy and Panic at the Disco will headline Leeds Festival 2018.
Another 54 names were announced in the first line-up to play at Bramham Park near Wetherby and the dual Reading Festival this summer bank holiday weekend Friday to Sunday, August 24 to 26..
Skepta, Wolf Alice, Annie Mac, Dua Lipa, J Hus, Diplo, Ms Banks, Pale Waves, Sigrid, Wretch 32 and Yungen are amongst the top rock, dance, alternative and urban acts on the line-up.
Kings of Leon, with seven albums under their belt and an arsenal of hits, open the weekend on the Friday night in Leeds - the second time they have headlined the festival.
Leeds veterans Fall Out Boy, the guitar-fuelled Chicago four-piece, play the top spot on the Saturday with crowd pleasing hits like Dance, Dance, Thnks fr th Mmrs, Centuries as well as new songs from their latest album MANIA.
Compton rapper Kendrick Lamar, the new owner of five Grammy Awards and described by organisers as 'probably he hottest act in the world right now', who is in the middle of a sold-out stint of UK shows, will close the weekend on the Sunday.
He promises to deliver a show of trailblazing hits from widely acclaimed 2017 album DAMN.
Co-headliners on the Sunday are Panic! at the Disco. Brendon Urie and his Las Vegas outfit will take the crowds through a night-time journey of a glittering back catalogue – including landmark albums Pretty. Odd and A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out, along with songs from the certified platinum, Grammy nominated album Death Of A Bachelor.
Record-breaking Dua Lipa will play both Leeds and Reading as a UK festival exclusive this summer, joined by the hotly-tipped new acts Sigridand Pale Waves. Dance fans will have their fill with the likes of legends such as Annie Mac, Birmingham breakthrough DJ favourite Hannah Wants, Riton & Kah-Lo, Bristolian duo My Nu Leng and American genius and Major Lazer co-creator Diplo.
Flying the flag for UK urban music this year is luminary Skepta who will take to the stage following his surprise appearance with Lethal Bizzle in 2017, as well as triple BRIT Award-nominee J Hus, AJ Tracey, Ms Banks, IAMDBB, Wretch 32, Nadia Rose, Kojo Funds and Fredo. Stateside stars joining the bill are Playboi Carti, Lil Pump and modern hip-hops self-proclaimed boyband Brockhampton, as well as the genre-defying Post Malone - the 22-year old NYC musician making musical waves around the world.
Following a secret opening performance on the Festival Republic stage last year, Leeds favourite Wolf Alice are set to play. The North London quartet’s 2017 album ‘Visions of a Life’ received widespread critical acclaim, with NME calling it the album of the year and affirming them as ‘Best Band in Britain’ – so we can no doubt expect an even more exhilarating set this year.
Boses say indie fans will not be disappointed, with some of the most genre-defining acts billed to play this year. Liverpool rockers The Wombats join the line up, following their recently released album Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.
Repping Manchester will be Courteeners, storming through five studio albums and hits including Not Nineteen Forever and What Took You So Long. Brighton four-piece The Magic Gang also join the bill in addition to Bedford-born and critically celebrated singer-songwriter Tom Grennan takes to the stage beside them after an incredible first year.
Florida rock outfit UnderØath will appear this year alongside the likes of noughties favourites Sum 41 and none other than California legends Papa Roach, as well as Waterparks, Hollywood Undead and Ohio-based hardcore band Beartooth. The best in British rock will of course also be represented in the form of Creeper – Southampton’s famous horror-punk six-piece.
Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn said: “Reading and Leeds prides itself on being a music-first festival and this year’s line-up already proves that. Kings of Leon and Fall Out Boy are bands that have grown with the festival and its fans and we couldn’t be more pleased to invite them back to headline. Adding Panic! at the Disco and Kendrick Lamar, probably the most sought-after act in the world right now, we think Reading and Leeds Festivals 2018 are off to an amazing start – with even more to come, so watch this space.”
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