Foals and Disclosure to co-headline Reading & Leeds 2016

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Foals and Disclosure will co-headline Reading & Leeds Festival 2016.

The dual headliners will join the already announced bill-toppers Red Hot Chili Peppers at the event, which takes place from the 26th – 28th Aug 2016.

Alt-rock heroes Foals and dance phenomenon Disclosure will be stepping up to headline status; bringing together two defining acts of a generation.

Returning after their secret sets on the NME / Radio 1 Stage last year, Foals will make their debut headline appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016.

Foals commented: “We’re absolutely buzzing to be headlining Reading & Leeds this year. It’s a dream come true. I used to watch Nirvana live at Reading ’92, on VHS, repeatedly while dying my hair blue and learning how to play guitar, badly.”

They added: “We’ve worked our way up on our own terms and to be given the chance to headline one of world’s most iconic festivals is a huge achievement for us and hopefully a sign for all bands, that, if you stick to your guns and focus on what matters, you’ll get there and smash it. Onwards and upwards friends. Long live the guitar band.”

Having last performed a set at Reading & Leeds on the NME/Radio 1 Stage in 2014, to overflowing crowds, Disclosure will return for their very first headline set at a major U.K. festival.

Disclosure commented: ” We’re incredibly excited to be co-headlining Reading & Leeds with our good friends Foals. We’ve been going to Reading Festival since we were kids and have played at both festivals several times, but never in a million years did we think we’d be at the top of the line-up, especially considering there hasn’t been an electronic headliner since The Prodigy in 2002! Truly honoured.” 

The two new headliners will be joined by a whopping seven festival exclusives at the August Bank Holiday event, including headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Jesse Hughes-fronted Eagles Of Death Metal. European festival exclusives Imagine Dragons and U.K. festival exclusives Two Door Cinema Club, Fetty Wap, Parkway Drive and The Internet join the bill today (28th Jan 2016).

Dance supergroup Jack Ü will also make an appearance, alongside breakthrough band Nothing But Thieves, who will be returning after their performance last year.

They’ll be sharing the bill with pulsating electro pioneers Crystal Castles, ‘Gecko (Overdrive)’ chart supremo Oliver Heldens, and the undisputed queen of U.K. dance; Hannah Wants.

Meanwhile, on the Alternative Stage, you can catch headliners Kurupt FM presenting Champagne Steam Rooms, with special guest DJ Barely Legal. They will be joined by Cassetteboy and their shouty friend DJ Rubbish for what will surely be the weirdest party you’ve ever been to.

Tickets for Reading & Leeds 2016 are on sale now.

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