Leeds band Alt-J among 60 new acts announced for festival

With only four months to go until August Bank Holiday Weekend, Leeds Festival organisers are excited to add more than 60 new acts to the bill for this year’s music extravaganza headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.

Leading the charge are indie heroes Alt-J, who were formed in Leeds.

Last seen headlining the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage at the festivals, the band’s second album ‘This Is All Yours’ has established them as one of Britain’s brightest and biggest bands, who will deservedly step up to an evening set on the Main Stage in 2015.

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Alt-J keyboard player and vocalist Gus Unger-Hamilton said: “We’re really over the moon to be returning to Reading and Leeds.

“It’ll be our third time playing, and we always have the best time.”

Joining Alt-J on the Main Stage on the Saturday at Leeds, Palma Violets will be treating revellers to cuts from their upcoming ‘Danger In The Club’. Their garage rock clatter is sure to get the crowd going, while Drenge graduate to Main Stage status with their extremely loud brand of grunge.

Fusing dubstep and rock to create a sound that is entirely their own, London’s Modestep step up to the plate on the Sunday at Leeds, joined on the bill by raucous LA skate punks Fidlar and Japanese metal idol stars Babymetal, who will be opening the stage.

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Friday at Leeds will see the return of festival favourites The Gaslight Anthem, whose signature heartfelt punk rock is sure to provide one of the afternoon’s biggest singalongs.

Led by the iconic Laura Jane Grace, the passionate, dynamic punk of Against Me! will cause a similar stir while British hardcore titans Feed The Rhino will be providing a suitably noisy start to the day.

Joining the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage line-up on Saturday at Leeds are energetic Brooklyn indie-punks Parquet Courts and LA indie-poppers Echosmith.

After storming the stage last year, Scottish chart-smashing rockers Twin Atlantic will return to the bill on the Sunday, celebrating a huge year with a characteristically anthemic evening set.

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London indie favourites Spector and up and coming rock newcomers Nothing But Thieves also return to the festival.

British soul and r’n’b singer Kwabs, Awolnation, Ghostpoet and entertaining ska band The Skints are added to Sunday’s bill.

Getting the BBC Radio 1 Dance tent moving on the Saturday will be Jacob Plant, Maribou State, Lany and All We Are, while dance-icon MK will be bringing his stunning show to close the stage on Sunday. Kevin Saunderson will also play an exclusive set at Leeds.

After a stunning 2014, pop provocateur Charli XCX also joins the Radio 1 Dance Tent line-up, a highly anticipated performance in the wake of her critically acclaimed new album Sucker and a sold-out UK tour.

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Secondcity, Dimension x Kove and Elliphant will join the line-up for Sunday while Blonde Live, Rustie, Evian Christ, Snakehips, TCTS and 99 Souls are set to entertain the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage audience on Friday.

Joining an already huge line-up on the Lock Up Stage on the Saturday will be Modern Baseball, The Bots, The Smith Street Band and Youth Man.

The Pit will feature a line-up of gargantuan established acts and fresh emerging talent including iconic metalcore group Atreyu, PVRIS, And So I Watch You From Afar, Black Peaks, Ho99o9 and The One Hundred on the Sunday.

On the Friday American metalcore five piece Beartooth are added to the bill, and former Gallows frontman Frank Carter will be bringing his new band Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, while riff-tastic Bristol rockers Turbowolf, Moose Blood, Queen Kwong, Hawk Eyes, Single Mothers, Black Foxxes and Fort Hope are also now revealed for the stage.

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Fresh indie talent has been added to the line-up for the much-loved Festival Republic Stage, with Saint Raymond set to bring his joyous indie pop to the masses on the Saturday. Bombastic Scottish trio Prides, Bear’s Den, Vaults, Joywave, Eliza And The Bear and Hunter & The Bear are also revealed for the bill.

With new single ‘Our Eyes’ currently receiving huge radio support and fast-amassing buzz for her forthcoming second album, Lucy Rose will play second on the bill on the Sunday Blossoms and Bad Breeding also added to the line-up.

Geordie heroes Little Comets will take to the stage on the Friday, along with Mini Mansions, Gengahr, Hippo Campus, Sundara Karma, Black Honey and The Sherlocks.

Over on the BBC 1XTRA Stage British legend Ms Dynamite will appear on the Sunday, joined by visceral Tempa T, Loyle Carner and Kiko Bun.

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Dope DOD, Fekky, Siobhan Bell and Isaiah Dreads are revealed for the line-up on the Friday, joining a bill which features some of the best urban talent the world has to offer.

Weekend tickets for the Leeds Festival are on sale at £205 plus £8 booking fee and postage. Day tickets are £59.50 plus £7 booking fee and postage.

Tickets can also be secured with the £50 instalment plan.

To buy, go to http://www.seetickets.com/content/reading-leeds?src=randl2015PR21 or ring the credit card line on 0871 2310821. For a full list of national outlets, plus details of luxury camping options, visit www.leedsfestival.com

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