Reading & Leeds Festivals announce huge 2023 line-up

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Photo: Reading Festival 2021; Credit: ITV News

Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, Foals, The Killers, Imagine Dragons and Lewis Capaldi have been announced as the six acts to headline 2023’s Reading & Leeds Festivals, organisers have confirmed.

Revealing the news earlier today (9th December), organisers have also shared further details of the remaining line-up, which includes Becky Hill, Bicep Live, Wet Leg, Central Cee, Declan McKenna, Steve Lacy, Loyle Carner, MK, Slowthai and more. The three-day festival will take place on 25-27 August 2023, returning to Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park.

Of his main-stage appointment, Sam Fender says “I first went to Leeds Festival with Dean when we were teenagers. We had a wild time, a rite of passage. Ten years later and we’re headlining. I’m so excited, it’s going to be fucking intergalactic! See you down the front.”

Meanwhile, Foals’ Yannis Philippakis said of the band’s return to headlining the festival – “We’re so hyped to be back at Reading & Leeds. We’ll never forget the rush of headlining Leeds in the absolute pouring rain in 2016, a show that was one of our most intense ever, or back in 2008 at Reading feeling possessed, climbing the rigging and launching myself headfirst into the crowd. We’ve always had an amazing and feral time playing here, one of the greatest festivals in the world. It’s so special to be given a headline slot and we’re gonna rock it. Oh, and we might throw in a surprise or two. See you in the pit.”

Check out the just-announced artist list below; expect more names to be revealed over the coming months. Tickets for Reading & Leads 2023 are available now from Ticketmaster.