Festival Republic have tonight officially confirmed the first batch of 41 names playing their flagship festivals – Reading & Leeds Festivals. Although their arguably the UK’s biggest festivals taking place in 2012 (since Glastonbury is taking a year off), admittedly most of these names will be of little or no interest to the majority of our readers here at Thrash Hits, but there are a few heavier highlights in among the indie-fodder.
The most obvious of these is of course, Foo Fighters. They’ve played (and indeed, headlined) Reading and Leeds so many times now that they might as well build Dave Grohl and co a permanent bungalow on site. Paramore also blag their biggest UK festival spot to date, nabbing the Special Guest (i.e., second headliner) spot on the Main Stage under The Cure.
The other heavy(ish) names announced include Bullet For My Valentine, Angels And Airwaves, Coheed And Cambria, Cancer Bats, Deaf Havana, Enter Shikari, All Time Low, The Gaslight Anthem, Eagles of Death Metal, At The Drive-In, and Pulled Apart By Horses. None of those names are particularly shocking, but these festival appearances are the first confirmed UK appearances of the recently-reformed At The Drive-In, so we guess that’s kind of special. You can see how these bands slot onto the festival line-up on this poster below – the day-splits are for Reading, with the Friday line-up playing the Sunday at Leeds, the Saturday line-up being Leeds’ Friday, and the Sunday bill taking place on Saturday for those attending the Northern jaunt:
Tickets for the festival are on sale now through the official sites for both Reading and Leeds, as well as a limited number of tickets being available in person from a number of record stores throughout the country – you can check the list of where these stores are over on the festivals’ websites. To be honest, most of those tickets will have gone already, and you’ll have to get up pretty damn early tomorrow morning if you want to grab a spot in the queue for any of the batch that’s being held back till tomorrow.
Reading and Leeds – as always – take place over the August Bank Holiday from Friday 24 August 2012 through to Sunday 26 August 2012. Tickets will set you back a little over £200 once all the fees are in place. We’d tell you exactly how much they cost, but the demand for tickets is currently so high that it’s jammed all the ticket websites and we can’t double-check. Ho-hum. If you were really planning on going, you’d already be trying to get a ticket and not be reading this blog post about it, so why do you care how much they’re going for anyway?