Reading and Leeds Festival 2013 Line-Up Announcements

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Reading & Leeds Festival have New stages, exciting changes and first bands announced including Deftones.

Reading & Leeds Festivals return on Friday 23rd August to Sunday 25th August 2013 at Richfield Avenue, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds. The biggest dual-site festivals in Britain are set to be bigger and better than ever, with additional stages, an updated new look, and of course the all-important line-up. The festivals will remain the best choice for music lovers and in 2013 will boast more genres of music than ever before.

Festival boss Melvin Benn has been planning these exciting changes and additions to the festivals over the past year, refining and expanding their proposition for the fans:

 “This is a dynamic time for the festivals. Not only do we have a freshlook for next year, but we are also adding to the fans’ experience of thefestival with the introduction of more stages and genres of music, which alsoinevitably means an increase in the number of artists playing across theweekend. 

“The addition of the hip-hop stage and the extension of the dance line-up to athree day stage - whilst not losing the essence of what Reading & LeedsFestivals are about across the existing Main, NME/Radio 1, Festival Republicand Lock Up Stages - are the things that really excite me. The Reading &Leeds festival goers listen to a diverse range of music and with the likes ofBBC Radio 1 offering specialist shows focused on rock and dance and BBC Radio1Xtra - now a station in its own right - this broad spectrum of musical genresreflects what the fans are into and what Reading & Leeds represents.
“I’m really thrilled about the additions we have planned and I’m committed toensuring Reading & Leeds remain the highlight of the festival season formany years to come.”

The first announcement from the 2013 Main Stage line-up is iconic alternativerock band Deftones who will be celebrating their 25th birthday on the Reading& Leeds Main Stages. 

Alt-J will take to the top of the bill in the NME/Radio 1 Stage. 2012 has seenAlt-J go from virtual unknowns to the hottest new band in Britain. 

With the expansion of the Dance Stage into a standalone three-day tent keepingfestival fans on their feet, Reading & Leeds are excited to announce SubFocus as the first name for the all-new BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage. Drum 'n' Bassreturns to Reading & Leeds! 

In a major UK festival first, Reading & Leeds will each have a dedicated BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage delivering the best of hip-hop and grime from the UK and farther afield, which will run across all three festival days and showcase the cream of urban artists and music on offer. This is one of the most important additions that Reading & Leeds have witnessed for a long time and Festival  Republic are thrilled to announce Boy Better Know featuring Wiley, Skepta and JME as the first names on this stage. 

Published on 29 November 2012 by Wayne Feltham

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