Reading and Leeds Festivals have announced English rockers Muse as their first headliners for the 2017 events, which will take place from the 25th-27th and 26th-28th August respectively.
Muse will return to the Festival for the first time since headlining in 2011, when they played ‘Origin of Symmetry’ in its entirety. It will be the third time overall that they have headlined the festival. The news comes after rave reviews for their performance on Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage back in June and fans heading to Reading and Leeds will be hoping for more of the same. NME also reports that there were calls earlier this year for the band to play a set list chosen by fans in more intimate club settings in a future tour. Reacting to the news, via NME, Muse said, ‘We’re very excited to be playing Reading and Leeds again. More news about our plans for 2017 coming in the new year,’ while festival organiser Melvin Benn added, I’m thrilled to be able to announce Muse as the first headliner for Reading and Leeds 2017. Their incredible live show promises to be an unforgettable performance – we have so much more to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up.’
Along with headliners Muse, the festival has also confirmed a host of other acts, including fellow British acts Glass Animals While She Sleeps, who should feel at home in Leeds as a Yorkshire band, Bastille, and a clutch of artists from across the pond to add international flavour to the event, including Major Lazer, At The Drive-In, Against The Current and Danny Brown. Drum n’ Bass pioneer Andy C will also appear, as will Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez. The line-up represents a range of experience and notoriety, with Andy C and Danny Brown, who released his fourth album this year, veterans of the live scene while Against The Current will be playing their first set at the festivals and only released their debut album, ‘In Our Bones’ earlier this year. Tory Lanez also debuted on the album charts this year, with ‘I Told You’, which was released in August. Although English metalcore outfit While She Sleeps have only released two albums to date, by the time they take to the stage next year, they will have released a third. Entitled, ‘You Are We’, it is scheduled to come out on the 21st April next year. It will also be Major Lazer’s only UK Festival appearance in 2017 – so if you want to catch them, do so there.
As organiser Melvin Benn states, there are still hundreds of acts to be announced to fill eight stages and complete the festival’s line up, as for who these acts might be, The Manchester Evening News reports that Kasabian are strongly rumoured to make the bill. Follow mxdwn.co.uk for any further updates.
Tickets for the events are on sale now with weekend tickets priced at £205 plus a booking fee. Early entry permits cost £20; camper van permits are £75; a seat of luxury is £35; lockers are £20; Reading car park, £10.
The acts so far announced are:
At The Drive-In