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Reading Festival announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as first headline act for 2016

Officials and organisers of Reading & Leeds Festival 2016 have announced the first headline act to be Red Hot Chili Peppers. Also announced are The 1975, Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Boy Better Know, DJ EZ, Slaves, Crossfaith, Hinds and Rat Boy and these are just the first of hundreds of acts expected to appear at the festival over the course of the weekend.

The festival, which is taking place on the 26-28th August (bank holiday weekend) will see the 27th Reading and Leeds festival take place at the Richfield Avenue site, with previous headliners being Arctic Monkeys, Mumford and Sons and The Libertines.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers will be taking to the main stage for what promises to be an unbelievable headline set as a festival exclusive. Red Hot Chili Peppers, who consist of Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer; are back on the UK music scene. This will be their first time returning to Reading and Leeds Festival in nine years, so it’s fair to say their live return is very eagerly anticipated.

The 1975 will also be making a huge appearance at next year’s festival following the release of their highly anticipated second album. With a huge new stage set up and a fiercely dedicated fan base, their appearance is going to be undeniably special.

Following the release of ‘Concrete Love’ and a huge show in Heaton Park earlier this summer the Mancunian festival favourites, Courteeners, will also be returning in majestic fashion in 2016.

With a famously intuitive live show, Twenty One Pilots appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016 is set to be nothing short of mind blowing, especially in the wake of their November sold-out UK tour and their recent album Blurryface, which topped the Billboard Charts. 2015 has been a huge year for the guys and with another sold out tour under their belts in February and two nights at Madison Square Garden in the summer, 2016 is set to be another incredible year for this band and their performance at Reading & Leeds will definitely cement them as the most exciting band around right now.

Slaves embody some of the emerging talent on offer at the festival, moving into a bigger slot after storming their performance this year, not to mention their Mercury Prize nomination earlier this month.

And finally, kicking off a huge dance line up, the iconic DJ EZ, who played at 360 back in October, has also been revealed to be performing. A master of his craft, EZ has played to crowds all over the world over the last decade, making him the perfect candidate to get the Reading & Leeds crowd moving.


Tickets are on sale now.

Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total

Day ticket prices/sale date TBC

Instalment plan – The first payment is £58 (£50 + £8 booking fee) and then the rest of the payments are “If you pay your first instalment on or before December 31st, your subsequent payment dates will be February 1st (£50), March 1st (£50) and April 1st (£55 + £6.50 postage)”. Payment dates for instalments bought after December are still TBC.

Early entry permits – £20 (No booking fee)

Campervan permits – £75 (No booking fee)

Lockers – £16 (No booking fee)

Reading car park – £10 (No booking fee)


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