Leeds Festival 2019 headliners are revealed

Foo Fighters, Twenty One Pilots, The 1975 and Post Malone have been confirmed as the headline acts for next summer's Leeds Festival.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 9:53 am
Updated Wednesday, 21st November 2018, 9:59 am
Dave Grohl on stage with the Foo Fighters on his previous appearance at the Leeds Festival.
Dave Grohl on stage with the Foo Fighters on his previous appearance at the Leeds Festival.

In all, 22 names have been announced today for the event, which is due to take place again at Bramham Park over the August bank holiday (August 23-25).

The headline acts will be joined by The Amazons, Bastille, Billie Eilish, Blossoms, Bowling For Soup, Camelphat, Crucast, Denis Sulta, The Distillers, G Flip, Hayley Kiyoko, Juice Wrld, Not3S, Pale Waves, Pvris, Stefflon Don, Sundara Karma and Yungblud.

Following up their sold out shows at the London Stadium (twice) and Manchester’s Etihad, the world's biggest rock band, Foo Fighters, will make their triumphant return to headline Reading and Leeds in 2019. With nearly 30 million records sold, and fresh from packing out the world’s biggest venues – Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear and Rami Jaffee will bring their three-hour-plus rock marathon master class back to the festival, a tradition they began in 2002.

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Headline act: Twenty One Pilots

Expect every one of the tens of thousands voices in attendance to be raised with every deafening chorus as Foo Fighters run through dozens of classics spanning their massive catalogue, from their 1995 debut through 2017’s ‘Concrete and Gold’ which went to Number 1 in more than a dozen countries including the UK and US.

Grammy Award-Winning Twenty One Pilots (Ohioans Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) will be bringing their incendiary live show to Reading and Leeds fresh off the back of their worldwide ‘Bandito’ tour and career-defining show’s at London’s Wembley Arena.

The alternative, electro-rockers have inspired a global movement with their flair for dramatic spectacle and world conquering ambition. The duo, now in their ‘Trench’ album era of their career, have seen fans become super fans and set the bar high for a new generation and definition of pop and rock crossover stars.

Making their Main Stage headline debut are The 1975. The Manchester four-piece have had a phenomenal rise to fame over the past few years, selling out shows across the world and releasing their critically acclaimed second album ‘I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it’, which debuted at Number 1 in the UK and the US.

The Amazons on stage at the Leeds Festival.

The album was also nominated for the Mercury Prize ‘Album of the Year’ and was the catalyst to their 2017 BRIT Award win for Best Group, sealing their status as international superstars.

Their new album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’ is out this month with the second in the two-part release planned for summer 2019.

Texan superstar Post Malone returns to headline on his second ever appearance at the festival.

After drawing a huge crowd on his first Bramham park appearance, he is now the first act since Nirvana to go from afternoon to top of the bill with a sophomore album in consecutive years.

Blossoms frontman Tom Ogden, returning to the Leeds Festival.

Since being catapulted into fame, the post-modern popstar has had hit after hit including the inescapable ‘Better now’, ‘Psycho’ and the aptly named ‘Rockstar’ and is ready to claim the headliner status.

Stockport’s finest heroes of northern indie rock Blossoms are back with a bang, following their recently released album ‘Cool Like You’ which has been dominating the charts. The Amazons who hail from Reading itself have been riding a huge wave of success, with a swelling fanbase and critical acclaim they’ve graduated from ones to watch to festival favourites.

They will also be joined by The 1975 label mates Pale Waves who are set to get the crowd dancing with their glistening, wistful goth-pop following the outstanding critical success for their debut album ‘My Mind Makes Noises’.

Having kicked off 2018 with the release of her ‘Hurtin’ Me’ EP, award-winning dancehall crossover queen Stefflon Don joins the bill on her journey to becoming a worldwide star.

The ‘16 Shots’ hitmaker will showcase her signature style and fierce stage show when she heads to Reading and Leeds next summer, while Stateside rapper Juice Wrld will be making his UK festival debut, storming the stage with breakout hits ‘All Girls Are the Same’ and ‘Lucid Dreams’.

Elsewhere, Australian solo artist and multi-instrumentalist G Flip joins the line-up following the release of her addictive, self-produced debut single ‘About You’, as well as London rapper Not3s who will bring his signature Afrobeat sound and tracks including ‘Fine Line’, ‘Aladdin’ and viral breakthrough hit ‘Addison Lee’.

London alternative-rock quartet Bastille will be storming the stage with hits from their two Number 1 albums, ‘Bad Blood’ and ‘Wild World’, including the trailblazing single ‘Pompeii’ and current global smash ‘Happier’, as well as songs from their hotly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Doom Days’.

In addition, Yungblud will be returning to the festival after a rave performance in 2018 and is sure to bring something even more exhilarating to fans next summer.

Marking their first European announcement, The Distillers return to Leeds in 2019. They will be joined by Boston based rock trio Pvris, led by frontwoman Lynn Gunn.

Other Stateside stars joining the bill are Texan pop-punk pioneers Bowling for Soup who have delivered infectious power pop music to the world for over two decades. Hit singles such as ‘Girl All The Bad Guys Want’ and ‘1985’ will no doubt draw huge crowd sing-alongs.

The multi-talented Hayley Kiyoko also joins the lineup following her ‘Expectations’ tour which saw her receive worldwide critical reception for her amazing stage presence and vocals. Expect to hear huge hits including ‘What I Need’, ‘Curious’ and breakthrough single ‘Girls Like Girls’.

Billie Eilish, whose debut single ‘Ocean Eyes’ has had over 132 million streams on Spotify alone, is destined to steal the stage while indie favourites Sundara Karma are added to the bill ahead of the release of their sophomore album ‘Ulfilas’ Alphabet’ early next year.

Kings of grime beats and heavy basslines CruCast (Skepsis, Darkzy, Bru-C, Mr Virgo, TS7, Lazcru, Window Kid) will get the crowd bouncing, as well as Glasgow DJ Denis Sulta with his vivacious, melodic house tunes. Electronic duo CamelPhat are also confirmed, and with the likes of single ‘Cola’ as one of this year’s stealthiest and most vital dance records, they are sure to keep crowds on the dance floor until last call.

With hundreds of acts set to play, Reading and Leeds will again be the unmissable festival weekend of the summer - defining and celebrating the sounds of modern ground-breaking music, as well as a world-class comedy line up.

Tickets go on sale on Friday at 9am and are available here.