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Reading & Leeds Festivals are excited to announce undisputed global superstars Metallica as the first headliners for 2015 in a UK Festival Exclusive performance. James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo will take to the Main Stage next August Bank Holiday Weekend to provide a defining moment of the 2015 festival season.
The second headliner announced is Mumford & Sons. The British rock band last appeared at Reading & Leeds in 2010 when they performed a triumphant set to a packed NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage. The band return to Reading & Leeds just four years later as Festival headliners.
The Libertines have now been announced as the final of this year’s Main Stage headliners! The indie-rockers will bring the good ship Albion to the Festivals this summer, cementing a Reading & Leeds legacy which dates back to 2002.
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Pulled Apart By Horses
Riotous Leeds four-piece whose punk/metal crossover pays more than a slight homage to the sounds of Seattle. Their speed-fuelled thunderous guitars and high-octane vocals draw comparisons to a crazier Queens Of The Stone Age, an artier At The Drive-In or a shoutier Shellac. With crazy song titles 'I Punched A Lion In The Throat', 'I've Got Guestlist To Rory O'Hara's Suicide' and 'Back To The F**k Yeah', the Leeds noisesmiths have a mischievous sense of humour beneath their screeching hardcore jams.
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In the early Noughties, you could not escape the sight or sounds of these infectious modern-day punks. Whether dancing at Indie clubs, reading the NME or tuning into Radio 1, The Libertines were everywhere. Top 20 hits like 'Time For Heroes' and 'Can't Stand Me Now' were on heavy rotation and they gained a somewhat obsessive fan base. But after just two short 'n' sweet albums (2002's 'Up The Bracket' and 2004's eponymous 'The Libertines', both produced by The Clash's Mick Jones) it was all over. So what became of the likely lads? Personal problems and battling demons saw Peter Doherty and Carl Barat split up and go their seperate ways with various solo projects and forming new bands. But time is a great healer and they patched up their differences to reform in 2010.
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Mumford & Sons
One of the most successful acts to come out of the first decade of the 21st century's English folk revival, London's Mumford & Sons' agreeable fusion of bluegrass, folk, country, and rock has found favour with audiences all around the world. Formed in 2007 by singer / guitarist / drummer Marcus Mumford, vocalist and banjo / Dobro player Winston Marshall, vocalist / keyboardist Ben Lovett, and vocalist / bassist Ted Dwane, the quartet bonded over their shared love of roots music - their moniker is meant to invoke the impression of an antiquated family business name. At that time the West London folk scene was becoming increasingly vibrant with the arrival of fellow new traditionalists like Laura Marling, Noah and the Whale and Johnny Flynn but Mumford & Sons have gone on to outsell and outshine them all with their success!
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Metallica have been at the forefront of the rock scene worldwide with an unparalleled and utterly devoted fanbase and a string of multi-platinum albums, having sold a staggering 100+ million albums worldwide over their 30 year career. Formed in 1981 by drummer Lars Ulrich and guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, Metallica have become one of the most influential and commercially successful rock bands in history.
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Canadian producer and DJ deadmau5 (AKA Joel Zimmerman) is a progressive house and electro house producer, now firmly established as one of the most innovative and successful electronic live acts in popular music today. He has a host of accolades - four Grammy Award nominations, three International Dance Music Awards, three Juno Awards and was described as the 'most influential, relevant and forward thinking person in electronic music' at the 2010 Beatport Music Awards. His multi award winning albums have seen him achieve that rare balance, appealing to both the clubbing cognoscenti and musical masses.
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Pendulum duo Rob Swire and Gareth McGrille's new under-the-radar project. Choosing a different path to the drum and bass vibes of Pendulum, Knife Party's sound is a twisted hybrid of electro-house beats and brutal dubstep basslines.
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Supergroup Rebel Sound - featuring David Rodigan, Chase & Status, Rage and Shy FX - combine reggae and dancehall beats through to drum ‘n’ bass and jungle.
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Former singer for hardcore outfit Million Dead turned folk troubadour, Frank Turner has seen his fame flourish through, essentially, the old fashioned route - hard work, continuous gigging and word of mouth. His singer-songwriter solo career steadily grew from cult status to an arena filler, eventually playing London's O2 and Wembley Stadium. It has been an eventful decade for the troubadour from Winchester who now resides in Holloway, North London. Turner released his debut album, “Sleep is For The Week”, in 2007 and has been on a stunning upward curve ever since. He is now one of the country’s most cherished songwriters, a man who plays the biggest venues in the land and whose records reach the higher echelons of the charts but who has never lost sight of his original MO: write, record, tour, repeat. His blend of folk-punk-rock and powerful lyrics has seen him continue playing to an already devoted fanbase, but he picks up new fans with every festival appearance and tour.
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Django Django are a British art rock band based in London, England. The quartet of David Maclean (drummer and producer), Vincent Neff (singer and guitarist), Jimmy Dixon (bassist) and Tommy Grace (synthesizer operator) met at Edinburgh College of Art, and formed Django Django in London in 2009.
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Ever since Murph, bassist Tord Øverland Knudsen and drummer Dan Haggis – who met and formed The Wombats at the Liverpool Institute Of Performing Arts in 2003 - emerged in 2006 and swiftly became chart-quashing champions of the noughties guitar pop explosion with hits including ‘Moving To New York’, ‘Kill The Director’ and ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’, they’ve barely looked back. The euphoric tales of romantic misadventures in cinemas, forests, weddings and rock clubs that filled their platinum-selling 2007 debut album ‘A Guide To Love, Loss & Desperation’ garnered them a strong and dedicated fanbase in thrall to Murph’s amalgam of irrepressible hooks and downbeat tragi-comic lyricism and with such bare-hearted emotional depth to their ditties, The Wombats resolutely refuse to be a flash in the pan.
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Boy Better Know
British grime artists who also run a record label which was established by JME and Skepta. Boy Better Know have gained popularity, support and underground fame in the grime scene, featuring on pirate radio sets such as Rinse FM and Dejavu FM. They have also been relatively successful in fields outside of music in collaboration with their trademark Boy Better Know slogan, especially in the field of clothing, such as the infamous and instantly recognisable Boy Better Know t-shirts which went on sale in 2006. Headed up by JME, brother Skepta and Wiley, they are the leading collective in Grime
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Hailing from the leafy suburbs of South West London is Ram Records’ Wilkinson, hotly tipped to do big things across drum & bass and electronica. He has topped the D&B charts and received numerous daytime Radio 1 plays. He continues to tour worldwide from Sydney to Berlin, Barcelona to Brighton, with his dynamic and energetic DJ sets.
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Marc “MK” Kinchen is a Detroit born artist, producer, DJ and songwriter and an internationally respected name in the world of House Music. MK is responsible for creating some of the defining sounds and biggest tracks of the early house. He has worked with the biggest international artists from Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z to Rihanna and Beyonce, but has also retained near unprecedented levels of credibility within the underground dance music scene, with records such as ‘Burning’, ‘4 You’ or ‘Push The Feeling On’ remaining staples in the wallets and boxes of house DJs the world over. Through his timeless productions, MK has influenced a new generation of producer, with the result that his sound is more relevant today than it ever has been.
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Krept & Konan
Hailing from South London, dynamic duo and masters of metaphor, Krept and Konan have been killing the underground and attracting a huge fanbase with upload after upload of freestyling fun. Racking up an astonishing 3 million YouTube views in 2 days for their rendition of Jay Z and Kanye's 'Otis', Krept and Konan are set to do massive things!
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New York producer/MC and lyricist Azealia Banks has been steadily perfecting her craft and making a name for herself. Her very first recording, 'Seventeen', placed her on the radar of many record labels right away. Word about Miss Banks kept spreading online and in the streets until she caught the eye of several record labels and tastemakers. Whether her music hits you with seasoned bars or her angelic voice and hooks, Azealia Banks gives everybody a reason to rewind that track.
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New Found Glory
New Found Glory's live sound has been described as one of 'unfettered energy and passion expressed through distorted amps and hooky choruses'. Emerging as part of the second wave of pop punk in the late 1990s, music critics consider the Floridian band as a key pioneer of the genre.
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Legendary and incredibly influential Swedish hardcore punk band featuring Dennis Lyxzén, guitarist Jon Brännström, guitarist / bassist Kristofer Steen and drummer David Sandström.
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Bondax are genre defying electronic duo Adam Kaye and George Townsend from Lancashire. They rose to prominence in 2012 via the BBC’s Introducing platform, where the duo received accolades from DJs including Annie Mac and Nick Grimshaw. Since then they have graced stages across US and South America, Asia and Australia and the UK including Glastonbury and Bestival.
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Very Special Guests
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Heralded as possibly the UK's best garage DJ, EZ drove to the top with his 'Pure Garage' albums and regular slots with Kiss 100.
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London-based band featuring Josh Friend (vocals, keyboards), Tony Friend (decks, guitar), Nick Tsang (guitar), and Matt Curtis (drums). Combining a varied range of musical tastes, Modestep's genre-hopping sound brings something very different to the scene in recent times. With their intense, theatrical, and furiously energetic live show, combining live DJing and remixing, drum and synth solo's, live visuals and infectious vocals, Modestep do it live like no other.
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Aka London based musician Ed Cares who works as a nanny, looking after three kids who he road-tests his music on before it reaches our ears. That time spent with youngsters gives his music a sense of honesty and innocence that's not only welcomed. Influences range from The Strokes and Hives to David Bowie.
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Born and raised in north-west London, Georgia is a multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter. Her eponymous debut album was released in August 2015; written, performed, produced and recorded by Georgia in its entirety at her home-studio; it presented a very necessary new talent, one with real spirit and one that is unabashedly herself. Georgia’s music is fascinating and sharply paced, packed with injections of lightness and fun, pared with rich, bubbling melodies that makes listening to it an experience that takes you into the party, through electro-pop into R&B, and back again. Feminine without being saccharine, her deep, brooding reflections carry us through euphoria, heartache and melancholy but always with the memory of the good times.
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Clean Cut Kid
Livepool Indie/Alternative four-piece Clean Cut Kid deliver infectious ear-worm indie-pop melodies with autobiographical lyircs, once described as “Soulful pop ballads, washed in Mersey water”. Their influences range from the current sounds of Arcade Fire and St. Vincent to legends like Bowie and Talking Heads. "One listen and you're sucked into a world of dirty melodies, infectious harmony hooks, glistening choral swells and reference points including US lo-fi pop and Fleetwood Mac. The latter of which is rather apt, given two of the band, Mike and Evelyn are married" - Liverpool Echo.
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