Reading & Leeds Festival announces 70 new acts

Reading & Leeds Festival has today added over seventy more acts to the bill for this year’s event including Dave, King Princess, Dillon Francis, Machine Gun Kelly, and Roddy Ricch. They’ll be performing alongside already announced headliners The 1975Post MaloneTwenty One Pilots and Foo Fighters at the famous Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park sites this August bank holiday weekend (23 – 25 August). Tickets are available here.

On the cusp of world domination, London-born rapper Dave will be headlining the BBC Radio One Stage.  As one of the most promising talents to emerge on the UK rap scene in recent years, Dave will be captivating festival goers with tracks from his forthcoming highly anticipated debut album ‘Psychodrama’ – due for release 8 March.  Along with amassing over 600m streams, Dave is the youngest ever winner of an Ivor Novello award, and has performed several major collaborations, including with fellow Londoner (and festival performer) AJ Tracey, and worldwide superstar Drake.

Counterfeit., fronted by Jamie Campbell Bower, will be making a triumphant return to Reading & Leeds this summer on the Main Stage bill for a high-octane set that is sure to be full of punk rock anthems. Also added to the Main Stage for 2019 are emo powerhouse Mayday Parade, and Gloucestershire pop punk trio Milk Teeth who’ve cemented themselves as one of the brightest stars in the scene.

Cleveland, Ohio rapper Machine Gun Kelly will be storming the BBC Radio One Stage playing hits such as Rap Devil and Bad Things, continuing an already successful 2019 that has also seen the multi talented artist starring in Netflix’s Motley Crue biopic ‘The Dirt’, as infamous drummer Tommy Lee.  After being nominated for BBC Sound of 2019, Sea Girls refreshing guitar pop sound is crafted into non-stop bangers, destined to be yelled – hands in the air, eyes shut. Also joining the BBC Radio One stage are ambitious Australian rockers The Faim,  American singer Clairo, who has attracted over 26 million views on YouTube for her song Pretty Girl, US Indie pop songstress Mikaela Straus- aka King Princess, and Compton’s Roddy Ricch, whose hybrid trap has seen the MC become a rising star.

One of the hottest acts in electronic music today, American platinum-selling producer and DJ Dillon Francis will bring his blend of uplifting melodies and potent dancefloor beats to the BBC Radio One Dance Stage this summer, with Dimension also delivering a captivating set of electronic ground-shakers. Joining them will be British craftsman and greatest mash-up DJ on the planet Jaguar Skills, returning to Reading & Leeds for a unforgettable set of sublime technical skills and an incredible stage show.

Headlining The Pit Stage is American Rapper Ghostemane. Famed for being an innovator of the fusion between rap and metal, Ghostemane marries raspy black metal textures with juddering industrial low-end and frantic hardcore howling. Artists joining The Pit Stage across the weekend also include metal-core heroes Of Mice & Men, Canadian Punk heavyweights PUP, hardcore punk band Blood YouthHot Milk who have exploded onto the scene with debut single Awful Ever After, and Fidlar who have recently released their third album ‘Almost Free’.

American viral internet sensation, Hobo Johnson & The Lovemakers will headline the Festival Republic Stage marking his Reading & Leeds debut. Darlings of the British rock underground-turned-next-big-thing, Basement will bring their tour de force of anthemic Anglo-American rock to the Festival Republic Stage, along with English dream pop band Anteros, fronted by Laura Hayden.

Headlining the BBC 1Xtra Stage will be the one and only Dappy. After recently releasing brand new solo music and collaborating with the hottest world class talent including Yungen, he is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.  Also joining the BBC 1Xtra line-up is South London rapper Loski who is making major waves within the hip-hop scene, and grime star Tion Wayne.