From folk-punk singer Frank Turner to hip-hop royalty Nas - Reading and Leeds Festival announces 70 new acts

Hip-hop legend Nas is a UK festival exclusive for Reading and Leeds.
Hip-hop legend Nas is a UK festival exclusive for Reading and Leeds.

The Reading & Leeds festivals has added even more names to the August Bank Holiday weekend mecca of music, with more than 70 names announced today.

Leading the additions is New York hip-hop star Nas, who’ll be bringing his untouchable catalogue of defining anthems to Reading & Leeds this summer in a UK festival exclusive.

Frank Turner will be appearing at Reading and Leeds for the 10th year in a row. Pic: Gary Welford

Frank Turner will be appearing at Reading and Leeds for the 10th year in a row. Pic: Gary Welford

Responsible for one of the most acclaimed and influential albums of all time, Illmatic, his heavy-hitting rhymes have kept him at the top for more than 25 years.

His set on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage this summer is sure to be a welcomed reminder as to why he remains a true pioneer of hip-hop.

After breaking the record for consecutive appearances at Reading & Leeds last year with his ninth straight set, festival hero Frank Turner is set to make it a decade of singalongs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances as he takes to the stage this summer.

His catalogue of distinctively British anthems has seen the troubadour stand as a true Reading & Leeds icon.

Celebrating his 10th appearance in a row, Frank will open the Main Stage with a truly unique set this summer.

He said: “I’m very happy to be making my 10th annual return to Reading and Leeds Festival this summer.

“That’s the record, by miles, and I’m proud of it.

“They’ve always been supportive of my career, loyal to me, and I’m more than happy to repay that in kind. It’s the best festival in the UK.”

Revered grime kingpin Kano cemented his reputation with his comeback album Made In The Manor, and he’ll be bringing his classic rhymes and flow to an electric headline set on the BBC 1Xtra Stage this year.

Pop-punk trailblazers Good Charlotte will be returning to headline the intimate Lock Up Stage with track after track of euphoric classics in another UK festival exclusive.

Coheed And Cambria are set for a mammoth return to the festivals on the Main Stage, while Mastodon bring their heavy tectonic rhythms to The Pit with a hugely anticipated headline performance.

With huge headline performances set from the already announced Jack Ü, Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, new additions today include another UK Festival Exclusive from Australian rock morphers Tonight Alive.

There’ll also be sets from Mancunion buzz-rockers Spring King, the swirling pop dreams of Sunset Sons, translucent movers Haelos and the roaring heavy punch of Black Foxxes, who are all set for the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage.

Previously announced headliners Maximo Park will take to the Festival Republic Stage this year, where they’ll be joined in topping the stage by Australian euphoric dreamers The Temper Trap, Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon, and the hotly-tipped Americana-soaked Clean Cut Kid.

Heroes for the Leeds heavy scene will be aplenty with Eagulls and Pulled Apart by Horses destined to tear down the tent.

Reading & Leeds is once again leading the way in new music and the headliners of tomorrow, with new names announced today including VANT, The Magic Gang, Blaenavon, The Hunna, LANY, The Sherlocks, Rationale, Beach Baby, Transviolet, Isaac Gracie, Lewis Del Mar, Otherkin, Anteros, The Beach, The Vyrll Society, Area 52 and Tibet.

The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is the go-to home of all things heavy. Mastodon top the bill, Californian rock pioneers Thrice will return with a hotly anticipated set filled with classics and fresh cuts alike. Hacktivist will be bringing an unparalleled live experience to the stage this summer, whilst the anthemic refrains of Nothing More and the grunge kicks of Milk Teeth are destined to steal the stage with some truly breathtaking performances.

In a seismic coming together of rock icons, supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra will make a landmark appearance at the festivals as members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dethklok and The Mars Volta combine for an unmissable performance.

Further additions include the potent and brash rhymes of MGK, Heck, ROAM, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Superheaven, Big Spring and Waterparks as The Pit/Lock-Up Stage takes it to another level this summer.

The BBC 1Xtra Stage is set for its biggest lineup to date, with Kano, Travi$ Scott and G-Eazy headlining across the weekend. New additions today include teenage slacker-rap sensation Yung Lean, who has taken the world by storm with his unique flow and style, underground US wordsmith Hoodie Allen, the soulful tones of Maverick Sabre and the in-demand producer responsible for the most played and revered hip-hop tracks of recent times after working with Drake, Kanye West, Future and many more; Metro Boomin.

The BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundary-pushers throughout the weekend, with new additions today including PC Music titan SOPHIE; whose superactive original sound has seen PC Music rise from bedroom concern to global festival stages. Fellow PC Music stalwart Danny L Harle will also bring the tectonic beats this summer, with the deep blues and soul of Brighton’s Rag’n’Bone Man also destined to serenade the stage with his gritty blue-eyed charm. Dark bass honcho Friction will take to the decks over the bank holiday weekend, with further drum and bass takedowns set from Fred V & Grafix and Delta Heavy.

After recently supporting The 1975 on their world tour, the hotly tipped electro-soul soother The Japanese House will mesmerise Reading & Leeds with her emotional masterclass. The Girl Is Mine chart supremos 99 Souls are set to bring the sunshine across the weekend, with experimental-house heavyweight Redlight and neo-soul groovers Lion Babe bringing their own refreshing beats that are sure to get the masses moving at Reading & Leeds 2016.

With further performances from Zac Samuel, Tkay Maidza, Hermitude, Lemaitre, Low Steppa, Draper and James Organ over the weekend, the electronic souls and sounds are set to ring out from the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage this year.

* Tickets for Reading and Leeds are on sale now. Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total. Day tickets are £59.50 + £7 booking fee.