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READING FESTIVAL LINE-UP

For students delaying the move back home to ensure attendance of Reading Festival this summer, there is much to look forward to.

 

Reading Festival has announced the first string of acts due to perform at this year’s event.

 

Names include headliners The 1975, Post Malone, Twenty One Pilots and Foo Fighters.

 

And joining this year’s music legends are alternative stage acts singer-songwriter Mabel- loved for her top hits Finders Keepers and Don’t Call Me Up- and 20-year-old rapper Barny Fletcher whose short-term rise to fame promises a refreshing addition to the festival scene.

 

Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

 

For Rock fans, bands Picture This, CHILDCARE, and The LaFontaines will be easy on the eardrums. Meanwhile Kim Petras, Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers will showcase their powerful album ‘Bought to Rot’.

 

And taking a break from their US tour to appear at Reading, American punk rock band Bleached are due to perform tracks including Hard to Kill. Closely followed by newly acclaimed messiahs of rock music, sibling duo Sons of Raphael.

 

The BBC 1XTRA Stage will host sets by East London rapper Unknown T, as well as rapper and producer NAV best known for his track Bad Habits. Artists YBN Nahmir, BiG HEATH, DigDat, Geko, and Tyla Yaweh will also be joining songsters throughout the weekend.

 

Photo credit: Phoebe Fox

 

And if the music line-up hasn’t already won you over, the comedy schedule won’t disappoint.

 

Comedian, radio and TV presenter Josh Widdicombe will exchange Apollo’s stage for Reading’s alternative platform for the night. Josh is best known for his appearances of Channel 4’s The Last Leg, Mock of the Week, and Celebrity Mastermind. And for festival- gooers running low on energy over the weekend, Widdicombe’s quick wit is sure to get them back on their feet.

 

Stand-up star Bridget Christie will also take to the alternative stage. Bridget has been on the comedy scene since 2004, made several appearances at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and won numerous awards for her sets.

 

Ticket holders can also expect live performances from comics Andrew Maxwell, Russell Kane, and Tom Allen, as well as spoken-word poet Luke Wright who will wow crowds in a wordier way on the day.

 

Photo credit: Kennerdeigh Scott

 

With a variety of world-class acts on the cards for this year’s festivals, the event promises one not to be missed.

 

Ensure you’re the first to hear about further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletter at www.readingfestival.com or via the official Reading & Leeds Festival app. And to purchase one of the remaining weekend and Friday Day tickets for the festival log on to www.readingandleedsfestival.com.

About Taz Usher

Print Editor of The Spark Newspaper.

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