Final main stage headliners revealed for Leeds Festival

The final main stage headliners have been announced for the 2016 Leeds Festival.

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 10:30 am
Updated Tuesday, 1st March 2016, 10:36 am
Biffy Clyro on stage at the Leeds Festival.
Biffy Clyro on stage at the Leeds Festival.

Joining a packed weekend of international heavyweights over the August bank holiday at Bramham Park will be exclusive co-headliners Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy.

Unstoppable forces in alternative rock on both sides of the Atlantic, both will take to the stage to co-headline an emphatic evening of heavy riffs and melodies.

Catalysts for an entire generation, alt rock kingpins Fall Out Boy have sound tracked the teenage dreams of fans around the globe. Their catalogue of unmistakable anthems laid the blueprint for a genre of their own, standing the band as one of the most influential acts of the 21st century.

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Their 2013 return to Leeds triggered one of the biggest crowds in festival history, so expect euphoria, nostalgia and pandemonium as Fall Out Boy headline for the first time.

Speaking about their massive co-headlining spot, Fall Out Boy said: “It’s pretty surreal to hear we are going to be co-headlining Reading and Leeds. R&L was our first real festival experience outside of the US and since the start we have buckled in and had an insane and memorable experience every time we have played. This is it, the big one for us and we are excited to be a part of it.”

Popular Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro have risen through the ranks at the festival with initial appearances on the smallest stages through to their triumphant headline performance in 2013.

With a new album in the works, and a nation of fans eagerly awaiting their next step, Biffy Clyro are destined to bring their explosive headline credentials for a truly monumental performance at the top of the bill.

Festival organiser Melvin Benn said: “This year really is a big one for Reading and Leeds. Five headliners across three days – it’s a first for us and the UK Festival scene. We’re always looking to give Reading and Leeds fans something new and this year isn’t going to disappoint. Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy are going to be incredible.”

Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy join previously announced main stage headliners Foals, Disclosure and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. But on top of these, another raft of new names have been confirmed to appear across the bank holiday weekend.

Synth-pop revelations Chvrches, indie greats The Vaccines and global force A$AP Rocky have been added to the line-up while Lower Than Atlantis will be bringing their radio-ready music to the event alongside Californian sisters Haim, rockers Sleeping With Sirens, Welsh reggae-rock titans Skindred, punk legend Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes and heavy American icons Five Finger Death Punch and State Champs.

Brits Critics Choice Award and BBC Sound of 2016 winner Jack Garratt will hit Leeds 2016 with his electro-rock grooves and another highlight is set to be provided by The Wombats with their unmistakable electro-pop hooks that pulled in a massive crowd last year.

Exclusively returning to the Reading and Leeds fields are South African rave phenomenon Die Antwoord while Kentucky psych-mixers Cage The Elephant will be touching down with a full-barraged assault on the senses and indie dreamers Sundara Karma take to the biggest stage of their career.

Tectonic beats and bass-heavy vibrations are abound, with performances across the weekend from chart-hitters Sigma, dance don Netsky, “White Noise” gliders AlunaGeorge and highly tipped electronic svengali Mura Masa. Grime pillars Krept & Konan will cement their ascent with a high-energy turn at this year’s festival, with underground king Giggs also due to appear.

The Neighbourhood have also been announced, alongside punk purveyors Savages, ‘BBC Sound Of’ indie-mixers Blossoms, recently reunited Suffolk hardcore outfit Basement, Canadian anthem-sourcers Half Moon Run and the fresh dynamic rock of Highly Suspect, who all make for unmissable performances at this year’s festivals.

Reading & Leeds’ rich history in highlighting the sub genres and game-changers of the alternative world will continue in 2016, with calculating metallers The Dillinger Escape Plan returning to the festival 14 years after one of the most talked about appearances in festival history in a UK Festival exclusive. Another UK Festival exclusive sits with the unstoppable behemoth that is Asking Alexandria making their Reading & Leeds debut with a headline spectacle for the ages. Returning punks The King Blues will also be bringing their politically-charged sermons on the modern nation to the Reading & Leeds crowds.

Bringing an equally fierce live reputation is Creeper, one of the most talked about new bands in the UK, whose sets have become community gatherings with their electric blend of goth and punk rock.

Also announced is the glam-rock stomp of FVK, Rage Against The Machine’s Tim Commerford unleashing his fierce new outfit Wakrat, Philadelphian rockers Modern Baseball, rising punks Dead!, Norwegian six-piece Kvelertak and dark rock glazers Citizen.

Reading & Leeds’ emphatic array of the best in hip-hop continues with the addition of US hit machine Travi$ Scott. He will be joined across the weekend with headline sets from G-Eazy, whose acclaimed appearance on Grace’s “You Don’t Own Me” sent his stardom to another level.

Further additions include Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, reggae wordsmith Protoje, South London’s Section Boyz, gritty actor turned musician Raleigh Ritchie, Lady Leshurr, label disc-jockey DJ Semtex and Yungen.

Indie veterans and Newcastle’s favourite sons Maxïmo Park will be opening their catalogue of art-rock soundscapes that defined a generation of guitar bands. Expect the hits and more from dynamic frontman Paul Smith.

In another UK festival exclusive, Seratones join the line up, bringing their infectious, swinging rock to Leeds and taking to the stage across the weekend, will be the shining solo moods of Banners, the riotous snarl of rockers INHEAVEN and the fuzzed grunge goodness of Glaswegian dreamers Tuff Love.

Joining co-headliners Disclosure in the dance music world at the festival are Duke Dumont, David Rodigan, 1Xtra’s Mistajam, Brit Award nominees Disciples, “Alone No More” hitmaker Philip George, French DJ supremo’s Birdy Nam Nam, LA spinner Jauz, “Rinse & Repeat” hitmaker Riton and a decadent bass breakdown with Oneman B2B My Nu Leng and Dread MC.

Weekend tickets are available now, priced £205 plus £8 booking fee. Day tickets are £59.50 plus £7 booking fee and to buy go to