With Muse being announced as the first official headliner for Reading and Leeds 2017, we thought it was necessary to have a look at who else could be headlining the festival this year.
Last year saw The Red Hot Chili Peppers accompanied by two double headliners in the shape of Disclosure alongside Foals and Biffy Clyro alongside Fall Out Boy.
We’ve picked out the artists who we believe could headline the festival below and rated them either as ‘likely‘ or ‘long-shots‘. Let us know who you want to see headlining the festival next year and why!
1) GREEN DAY – Likely
Green Day are no strangers to Reading and Leeds having headlined the festival on numerous occasions previously and first appeared on the MainStage in 2001. Their two and half hour headline slot in 2013 earned mixed reviews but with an upcoming tour we would not be surprised if they even manage to bag the legendary Saturday night slot at Reading.
2) THE 1975 – Likely
With a number one album this year and a headline slot in the NME tent at Reading and Leeds this one would make perfect sense. Their live shows have earned plaudits and praise from many, including Reading and Leeds boss himself Melvin Benn who has labelled them as “future headliners“.
3) KASABIAN – Likely
It’s been a while. Too long perhaps. 2012 was the last time they headlined Reading and Leeds and they walked away that weekend having cemented themselves in the festivals history with one of the finest headline sets Reading and Leeds has seen. 2015 saw them tear up the Glastonbury MainStage and this year they’ve been riding on the back of their boyhood football club Leicester City’s title victory by playing back to back nights at The King Power. It’s a booking that would not only make sense but one that would also make a lot of people very happy.
4) FOO FIGHTERS – Longshot
They will return to Reading and Leeds within the next 5 years, we’re sure of it. Will it be next year? We’re not sure. But what we do know is that Dave Grohl and his band are fans of Reading and Leeds and would love to recapture some of the magic they brought to the MainStage in 2012.
5) THE COURTEENERS – Longshot
They headlined the NME tent in 2014, they played the MainStage this year and they’re soon to be releasing a fifth album accompanied by a UK tour. It would make sense, and it would be incredible to watch Liam Fray and the boys belt out ‘Not Nineteen Forever’ as official headliners. Reading and Leeds are renown for giving bands their first major headline slot at a festival, and The Courteeners definitely deserve it.
6) TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB – Likely
Just like The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club have been tipped by Melvin Benn as “future headliners”. Their headline slot in the NME tent this year went down a storm and they’re very much the perfect mould for a RandL headliner. The only doubt would be is that it is unlikely that both them and The 1975 would be given headline slots, therefore unless they share a headline slot like Foals and Disclosure did this year, it could mean one of them will miss out.
7) THE STONE ROSES – Longshot
A new album. A new sound. A new fanbase. But the same world-class presence and caliber. They absolutely smashed their headline slot at T In The Park this year and their shows at the Etihad proved they very much still have what it takes to control a crowd. They last headlined the festival in 1996 but 20 years on they still have what it takes to bag a headline slot. Fingers crossed.
8) CHASE AND STATUS – Likely
They tore up the MainStage in 2013 when they supported Eminem and they’re now accompanied by a larger sound and collection of material than ever. After success at the 2015 festival as part of Rebel Sound we would not be surprised at all to see these lot granted with a headline slot.
9) BRING ME THE HORIZON – Likely
BMTH impressed on the MainStage in 2015 and were labelled by many as the standout set from that years festival. They also are publicly admired by Benn and would have the credentials to fill the traditional Rock n’ Roll slot.
Other contenders: Guns N’ Roses, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Catfish and the Bottlemen, You Me At Six.