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Reading and Leeds Festivals have just announced their 2023 headliners

Billie Eilish, The Killers and Sam Fender are among the biggest stars on next year’s line-up

Ella Doyle
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Ella Doyle

What with all the Christmas cheer, summer seems a long way off right now. But the more organised among us know that this is the time to start getting events booked in. And if you want to avoid having to stay in while your pals all get wrecked, we’d strongly advise getting on those early-bird ticket sales ASAP.

And if you don’t know where to start? Reading and Leeds have just announced their line-ups for next year, and they’re looking pretty promising. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2023 editions of these two banging festivals.

When are Reading and Leeds Festivals?

Both of the three-day events will take place from August 25 to 27 2023. Leeds Festival will be in Bramham Park, while Reading Festival will take place at Richfield Avenue. 

Who are the headliners?

The headliners for both festivals were announced today on BBC Radio One, with Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Lewis Capaldi, Foals, the Killers and Imagine Dragons all set to top the bill. Other performers will include Shy FX, Yung Lean, Slowthai and Bicep.

Headliners play both festivals on different days throughout the weekend. Reading and Leeds is traditionally a rock festival, but features artists across indie, dance, pop and more.

Scots singer Lewis Capaldi tweeted that he expected some backlash from rock music lovers for headlining the festival. He wrote: ‘“Reading and Leeds is a ROCK festival what the f*** is Lewis Capaldi doing there.” “Lewis Capaldi isn’t festival material.” F*** ye. Dream come true to be one of the headliners for @OfficialRandL next year, see ye there x.’

When are tickets on sale?

Some tickets for the festivals are already on sale. One pre-sale for Barclaycard holders went live in August this year, while a pre-sale for Three Mobile members opened this morning. 

General sale for Reading and Leeds starts on Monday December 12 at 9am. 

How much are tickets?

Prices will only be revealed once tickets go live, so check back on Monday for all the info. In 2022, day tickets cost between £90 and £100 and weekend tickets came in at £264. 

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