10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading & Leeds 2016

10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading & Leeds 2016

10 Reasons You Need To Be At Reading & Leeds 2016

It’s almost August, which means the UK’s biggest rock weekender is upon us. And what a weekend it’s going to be, with returning festival legends, Kerrang! Award winners, future headliners in the making and up-and-coming superstars on the bill. Still not convinced about going? Here’s why you definitely need to be there…

10. Frank Carter On The Main Stage Will Be Ridiculous…

10. Frank Carter On The Main Stage Will Be Ridiculous…

He made it his mission to steal the show every single night on this year’s Kerrang! Tour, and undoubtedly Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes will be working even harder on the Reading & Leeds main stage to be the talking point of the weekend. And with new tune Snake Eyes, plus the incredible 10 song juggernaut (pardon the pun) that is his debut album, you wouldn’t bet against Frank from doing just that.

9. Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Making Their UK Return

9. Red Hot Chili Peppers Are Making Their UK Return

It’s been far too long since the Chilis last played the UK, and even longer since they were at Reading & Leeds (a whopping nine years, in fact). But now they’re back, and the music world is all the better for it. And this festival-exclusive slot is guaranteed to bring all the hits, and a fair bit of weird, too. But weird is cool.

8. New Rock Music Is Amazingly Represented There…

8. New Rock Music Is Amazingly Represented There…

Pop-punk revolutionaries Waterparks. Best International Newcomer nominees Beach Slang. Brilliant Irish duo Greywind. The new kings of riff, Highly Suspect. Ridiculously badass rockers Black Foxxes. We could go on, but you get the idea. As always, there are a ton of superb new bands across the bill this year, and they’ll be working as hard as they can to win you over. Let the battle commence…

7. There's Some Great Comedy Across The Weekend, Too!

7. There's Some Great Comedy Across The Weekend, Too!

If all the amazing music doesn’t do it for you (which, frankly, is bizarre if it doesn’t), then the likes of Bill Bailey and Russell Howard over on the Alternative Stage should do the trick. Plus, there’ll be all the usual festival attractions and shenanigans to be had across the weekend. But still, you do realise how many great bands there are playing this year, right?

6. K!'s 2016 Best British Band Will Be Headlining The Pit

6. K!'s 2016 Best British Band Will Be Headlining The Pit

You voted in your thousands back in June for Asking Alexandria – returning with new frontman Denis Stoff – to win the prestigious Best British Band Kerrang! Award, and now they get to prove why. Having only played a handful of UK shows since their epic return, including Warped Tour UK and the Kerrang! Awards with ADTR, there’s going to be a lot resting on their Reading & Leeds comeback. But we’ve got good faith in Den and the boys that they’re going to leave a massive dent in the festival.

5. Biffy Clyro Are Going To Triumph Yet Again…

5. Biffy Clyro Are Going To Triumph Yet Again…

Biffy Clyro. Reading Festival. 2013. If you were there, you’ll know. And if you weren’t? It’ll be repeat business against come the August Bank Holiday weekend, so you don’t have to feel like you missed out too much first time around. Simon Neil and co have been through a lot since their victorious headline debut three years ago – including releasing their brilliant seventh album, Ellipsis – and Reading & Leeds is going to be a cast-iron victory. Trust us.

4. …And They're Joined By Co-Headliners Fall Out Boy!

4. …And They're Joined By Co-Headliners Fall Out Boy!

How do you make a Biffy festival headline slot even better? You add Patrick, Pete, Joe and Andy, obviously. And after owning arenas throughout the UK last year on their American Beauty/American Psycho tour, they’ll be going one bigger this time with more hits, more production… and, well, more of everything, basically. Fall Out Boy x Biffy Clyro = the festival dream team.

3. Metal Is There In A Big Way This Year…

3. Metal Is There In A Big Way This Year…

From Five Finger Death Punch on the main stage, to Mastodon headlining The Pit, there are some incredible heavy names on the bill this year, sat firmly against the usual suspects. And, obviously, that's an awesome thing. The biggest metal moment of the weekend? Parkway Drive bringing Ire to the masses on the main stage. Duh. All together now: 'CRUSHED BY THE FISTS OF GOD!'

2. …There's Something For Everyone!

2. …There's Something For Everyone!

Looking for some brilliant British punk? There's Creeper playing The Pit. How about a heartfelt rock'n'roll sing-along? The Gaslight Anthem's Brian Fallon is headlining the Festival Republic Stage. In the mood for some American prog-rock fed into your ears? Try Coheed & Cambria on the main stage. Reading & Leeds has always been known for its diversity, and this year is no exception. Not only are there endless options, but there’s a good chance you’ll stumble across your new favourite band somewhere along the way…

1. twenty one pilots Are Playing In A Tent!

1. twenty one pilots Are Playing In A Tent!

The biggest success story in rock and most explosive live band in the world right now… So, no big deal then. Yep, Tyler and Josh bringing their intense blend of rap, rock, hip-hop, pop and so much more into the confines of a festival tent is easily going to be the highlight of the summer – and it'll surely be the last chance we'll get to see the duo under a roof before they're climbing up that main stage bill… Basically, you’d be a fool to miss it.

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