Reading & Leeds Festival organisers are back into their usual routine. After what felt like an eternity to put out any announcements for the 2018 festival, an announcement was made today including the three headliners. Here’s Viberant brief thoughts on the announcement and what could be missing.
Sorry to break it to you my dark fruits friends, but R&L Fest is no longer a festival exclusive to the big indie bands, hence Kendrick Lamar headlining last year and hence the surprise announcement of Post Malone co-headlining this year. It come as a bit of a surprise as he was dubbed as a guest for this years festival but then I got to thinking of just how huge Posty was. It was the biggest crowd I was apart of at the festival this year so no question he can co-headline the whole show, if there’s another Posty project out in the next eight months than that can only help bolster his already highly anticipated return to the festival.
Along with Post Malone we have co-headliners Twenty One Pilots, a logical choice that gives a different flavour than Posty. Following on from a successful release of their album Trench earlier this year I’d argue a co-headline is a spot they deserve. Neither of these acts could headline this event solo in my opinion, a co-headline is a good idea that can generally please double the people.
The solo headliners for the other two days of the festival come in the form of The 1975 and the Foo Fighters. Both acts were more than expected from various rumour mills but they are both artists I can get behind. You’d be correct in saying that R&L do recycle some acts, but the Foo Fighters are recycled by festivals due to a demand to see such a prolific band. The 1975 are a marmite band that I happen to love so for me it’s the dream headliner. Regardless of personal taste they are more than worthy of headlining the show, they’ll have four studio albums by then and they’re going undoubtedly be at the peak of their popularity.
Aside from the headliners we have R&L regulars Bastille along with Pale Waves and Blossoms. All three of these acts fit the R&L mould perfectly, Pale Waves in particular excite me personally.
Juice Wrld and Billie Eilish were announced on the bill, both acts add something new to the festival and will undoubtedly be getting big crowds. Both acts are making their first appearance at the festival and I’m under the assumption it’ll be the first of many as Reading & Leeds veer away from a band centered festival in the aim to appeal to fans and the ever growing rap scene.
Overall Viberant are more than happy with the announcement. You can’t please everyone, and quite frankly Twitter will complain about the R&L lineup even if they announced Michael Jackson, Tupac and Oasis. My only critique is that perhaps there’s a little dash of metal missing and maybe a extra dash of electronic, but that’ll come in due course I’m sure of it.
See the full announcement below: