Mumford and Sons revealed as second Leeds Festival headliners

Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, on his previous Leeds Festival appearance. Picture: Ian HarberMarcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, on his previous Leeds Festival appearance. Picture: Ian Harber
Marcus Mumford, of Mumford and Sons, on his previous Leeds Festival appearance. Picture: Ian Harber
Folk rockers Mumford and Sons are set to return to the Leeds Festival for the first time in five years and will get top billing this time after being confirmed tonight as the second main stage headliner for the 2015 music spectacular at Bramham Park.

After Metallica were already revealed as the first major headliner the return of the Mumfords after more than two years since their last UK show is sure to excite music fans.

The British rock band, whose two albums Sigh No More and Babel are among the biggest sellers of recent years, last appeared at the Leeds Festival in 2010 when they performed a triumphant set to a packed NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage and had many thousands outside the tents joyously joining in.

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Now they return as headliners with Festival boss Melvin Benn delighted.

He said: “I can’t wait to see them return to the festivals for their first UK performance in over two years.

“With today’s announcement of a further eight great acts joining the bill, the Reading & Leeds line-up is already shaping up to be one of the best ever and I’m looking forward to revealing the third headliner and even more great artists soon.”

Also confirmed for the Leeds Festival line-up are a number of other acts, including Royal Blood, who stormed onto the rock scene last summer and are looking to take the next step up.

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Bastille will be appearing after debuting on the Festival Republic Stage in 2012 then returning to storm the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage in 2013.

As one of the biggest progressive-house producers in the world, deadmau5 promises to use incredible live production to give Reading & Leeds fans one of the biggest dance sets of the weekend.

Supergroup Rebel Sound, formed of Chase & Status, Rage, David Rodigan and Shy FX, combine reggae and dancehall beats through to drum ‘n’ bass and jungle and will be giving the Leeds crowd something different.

Rising stars Catfish and The Bottlemen have also been added to the festival line-up and look set to be promoted in the bill after the promise they showed last year.

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After recently topping the BBC Sound of 2015 poll, London’s Years & Years will be making their Reading & Leeds debut. Bringing their expertly considered pop melodies to the festival to perform singles, ‘Desire’ ‘Take Shelter’ and ‘King,’ they will aim to show why they’ve been crowned stars.

Led by the melancholy vocals of lead singer Ellie Rowsell, North London’s Wolf Alice craft skuzzy grunge-pop of a quality that has seen them championed by media and fans who have pushed them up through the ranks of Reading & Leeds.

Youthful indie-punk four piece hailing from Merthyr Tydfil in the Welsh Valleys, Pretty Vicious, have already received daytime BBC Radio 1 support from the likes of Fearne Cotton and Greg James and the band is set to turn heads at Bramham Park this summer.

Mesmerising singer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Garratt will be returning to Reading & Leeds this summer with his spellbinding vocals, triggered samples and guitar solos.

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Hannah Wants began the year named as Mixmag’s breakthrough DJ of 2014 and will make her Reading & Leeds debut with her hard-hitting, heavy bass sound.

Previously announced to be playing this year are Metallica, Jamie T, Pierce The Veil, Wilkinson (Live), Run The Jewels, Refused and Manchester Orchestra.

Weekend tickets are on sale now at £205 plus £8 booking fee and postage from or credit card line: 0871 2310821.