2018 has the potential to be Reading & Leeds biggest event for years. With no Glastonbury or T in the Park to compete with, expect to see some massive names at the festival. The first announcement hasn’t arrived yet, and people are eager to see who will be on the stage for the UKs biggest festival of the year.
Second Stage Headliners
Often times the second stage is the place to be, inside the tent, atmosphere is at a high. Headlining this stage either means you’re on to big things, or you’re already massive. First off I can see LCD Soundsystem headlining. After a brilliant release last year it only makes sense that it’s followed up with a solid festival season.
Next up is MGMT, who have an album in the pipeline and suit this slot in every way imaginable. The last headline falls to only one man, Stormzy. He’s very marketable and he could waltz into any festival and get a big slot, he’ll be sure to steal the show.
Main Stage Sub Headliners
Before the big names jump on stage, we’ll have three sub headliners. Some years it’s been arguable that the sub headliners have put on a much better show than the headliners. While that may not happen this year due to the caliber of the headliners, the subs will certainly put on a show. First of which is Wolf Alice, a group who had a career high year last year, and will follow it up with some amazing sets in 2018, Reading & Leeds being at the height of that.
BBK will put on a show as a sub headline. In 2016 they had a massive set on the main stage, drawing one of the biggest crowds of the entire festival, it only makes sense to bump them up the card.
The final sub headline will fall to the Vaccines, they have an album on the way this year which should fall perfectly with festival season. They’ve never subbed before at Leeds but they’ve been close, this is a step up the card but nothing they don’t deserve.
Main Stage Headliners
The first announcement is always a massive one, so expect them to announce the Arctic Monkey’s and The 1975 as headliners. Both bands have albums coming out this year, and AM are very well known at Reading & Leeds, having headlined the festival in 2009 and 2014. The 1975, who last headlined the second stage, vowed the next time they are at the festival, they will be headlines, so it all adds up for 2018.
If The 1975 don’t headline alone, they could be co headliners with one Kendrick Lamar.
Last but not least, The Foo Fighters. The Foo’s haven’t been to Reading & Leeds for a very long time, and with the cancellation of Glastonbury, expect to see them in a headline slot. The Foo Fighters, Arctic Monkeys and The 1975, that makes for one of the best trio of headliners this festival have seen for some time.
Other Big Names
I’m no psychic, so I’m not going to be able to predict this entire lineup, and who goes on what stage with set times, but everyone can name some big names. First off BROCKHAMPTON, who are sure to tour the UK after the success of the Saturation Trilogy. Joey Bada$$ will make his return to the festival along with Pusha T. Amine will make his Leeds debut.
The boys from Kurupt FM are sure to make an appearance, as are the DMAs and Chase and Status.
Last on the list, a dead cert, Big Shaq. Whether you love the idea or not, he’ll be at Reading & Leeds in 2018.