Reading + Leeds 2017 – An In Depth Preview

Reading and Leeds Festival has been a staple of festival season since its debut as ‘Reading Rock Festival’ in the 1980’s. In 1999 the festival expanded to Leeds and since then there’s been no looking back.

After countless sold out years, the festival returns in 2017 and is set to be an absolute belter. For the past 20 years the festival has produced some incredible lineups and history. From Nirvana’s historic headline set in 1992, to the incredible comeback of The Libertines in 2010.

The lineup in 2016 didn’t meet everyones expectations, with a more hip-hop, R&B and dance lineup, with Disclosure co-headlining, waving the flag for modern dance music. The solid base of hardcore, rock, metal and indie-rock music is suddenly depleting from a surge in mainstream music. It’s something I personally hope doesn’t continue.

With 2017 on the horizon and the first announcement just around the corner, I take a look at possible acts that could headline the festival next year.



The band who celebrated Leicester Cities miraculous title win are most defiantly in for a shot at heading the festival next year. With a new single, ‘Comeback Kid’ (hear snippet here) which features on FIFA17 and a new album which is set to be announced in the coming months, the band could well headline Reading + Leeds once again. With multiple hits such as ‘Fire’ , ‘Underdog’ and ‘Club Foot’ the band know how to cause a riot.

Kings Of Leon


The Tennessee rockers are most definitely in for a shout at headlining Reading + Leeds. The last time they played was in 2009 and with a brand new, chart topping album out, Kings Of Leon look almost set for a very busy 2017 and festival season, and here’s to hoping that Reading + Leeds are part of their plans.

Green Day


Oh how we would love this. Green Day last headlined in 2013 and to much appraisal. The band produced a sensational performance and we would love to see them return to the festival. A new album was out in October, and a huge date at BST Hyde Park was also announced. The band have released many more tour dates to support the release of their 13th album so Reading + Leeds could be a huge possibility. Wake me up when they get announced.



Blink-182 are a band for the history books of punk-rock. Even though they lost lead singer Tom Delonge to the x-files they still produce a great sound after releasing a brand new album in 2016, featuring Mark Hoppus on vocals due to a change in their lineup. Like fellow punk rockers Green Day, it’s a possibility. However with Blink losing touches of class, we will have to wait and see with this one.

The Strokes


These New York mega stars are never away from the rumours. Having topped the bill at Reading + Leeds in 2002 and 2011, it would feel appropriate for the band to come back and play. The Strokes seem to neglect the UK nowadays with only their BST headline set their only date in the past few years. With the release of a new EP this year, could an LP be on the way? It shows the band are busy, and reports are saying that they are in the studio so more new music could be on the way! Exciting!

Foo Fighters


The Foos have recently teased a european tour and don’t put it past them to announce Reading + Leeds to this list. The band have been announced for several European Festivals and we could see the Foo Fighters headline the festival once more.



Wouldn’t this be a pleasant surprise. The band are local, they have toured for most of this year, they have their 9th album under their belts and announced tour dates for next year including a Glastonbury headline slot which will most defiantly go down in history. Thom Yorke and co last headlined Reading in 2009 and it would be sensational if they could do it again.

The Killers


Everyone loves them. Everyone would love them to come back. So why can’t they? The band are supposedly in the studio and look set to release their first album in 5 years since 2012’s Battle Born. A headline set at Reading + Leeds would set the bar and who doesn’t want to see thousands and thousands of people jumping to Mr Brightside in a field. I was lucky enough to experience this in 2008 at the young age of 9 and I would love to experience it again.



Whilst the Gallagher brothers are still breathing anything is possible. Looks unlikely but we can only dream…

The Stone Roses


The Roses were resurrected this year playing a string of dates in Manchester, and a headline slot at T In The Park. The band have also announced numerous dates in the UK for next summer AND the possibility of that highly wanted 3rd album is still in sight with the band releasing two new songs this year. Anything is possible and it would be a Beautiful Thing. (Sorry).

Queens Of The Stone Age


Josh Homme gracing the Reading main stage is a very possible outcome. Having previously co-headlined with Paramore in 2014, the band could (and should of) headline the festival. With a catalogue of hits ranging from ‘No One Knows’ to ‘Smooth Sailing’ we could see the band finally get their chance.

The Chemical Brothers

the chemical brothers

This is an announcement I would love to see come to life. The electronic duo were prominent through out the 90’s and have yet to headline the festival. In 2015, I had my life changed spiritually when i first saw them at Glastonbury. The lights, visuals, everything. It was mind-blowing. To see them headline Reading + Leeds would be a very pleasing site and would be extremely deserved for the rave pioneers.

Possible Co-Headline Slots

Reading + Leeds co-headline slots are becoming a regular thing. in 2016 we saw two of them, Foals + Disclosure and Biffy Clyro + Fall Out Boy. For 2017, there are a few bands who could quite possibly feature and perform as co-headlniers.

alt-J and Tame Impala are two bands who have risen and risen high in the world of indie music. Personally i feel they would fit brilliantly together. The calmness of alt-J.s alternative sound and the bulging psychedelic from Tame Impala that will follow would be a glorious back to back performance from two bands which are destined for stardom.

Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975 both bought out new albums in 2016, and both performed at the festivals headlining the NME/Radio 1 stage. Reading festival organisers have said that the two bands will defiantly and mot likely headline in the future, so could they co-headline 2017? Their new albums feature a disco styled and dancing touch to the indie music we are used to and we could see the bands draw in the crowds for this set.

Bring Me The Horizon and Royal Blood, personally are two bands that I  haven’t had the pleasure of seeing yet. If they were to co-headline I wouldn’t have to think about not seeing them. Both bands have been awarded for their electric and powerful live shows. Both played main stage slots before the headliners in 2015 and were some of the best sets from the weekend. I have a feeling this would go down  very well with crowd.

With Reading and Leeds festival set and ready for next year, we can only wait for the announcements. The first of which is usually set around late November / early December so in theory… thats not too long to wait.

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