Post Malone performs during Wireless Festival 2018 at Finsbury Park on July 6th, 2018 in London, England.
The first Reading and Leeds announcement has revealed the four acts who are set to headline the festival over the August Bank Holiday next year. The 1975, a four piece band from Manchester, who are only a week away from releasing their fourth album ‘A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships’, will open the festival on the Friday. This comes as no huge surprise; The 1975 have played Reading and Leeds before, both in 2014 and 2016, although this is their first time headlining.
On the Saturday night, as has happened a lot in recent years, two artists will co-headline. This year the two artists are Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots. This, for me, is undoubtedly the best night of the festival – although this could change massively depending on future announcements. Post Malone, the double platinum selling 23-year-old hailing from Texas, has been on a meteoric rise over the last two years.
His debut album, Stoney, was well received by critics but took several months before it really had the desired effect. Within months, Post Malone went from living a relatively normal life to superstardom. He is currently the seventh most streamed artist on Spotify, quite a feat for a musician so young and who only released his debut album in 2016. Although some will be unhappy to see him headline, he is undoubtedly both popular enough and talented enough to appear at the top of the bill.
Drummer Josh Dun (L) and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots perform on stage during the Bandito tour at Tacoma Dome on November 16, 2018 in Tacoma, Washington.
Twenty One Pilots re-emerged earlier this year after a hiatus. Their 2015 release, Blurryface, is undoubtedly still their best known work. The duo have recently released a new album, TRENCH, which although not quite as quite as commercially successful as their previous album, was well received by critics.
The Sunday night is headlined by none other than Foo Fighters. This is the sort of act you expect Reading and Leeds to deliver to appease fans who are more likely to go for the traditional line-ups. Foo Fighters have headlined Reading and Leeds before, as well as Glastonbury, but nevertheless, they are a much-needed addition to a line-up of otherwise, relative newcomers.
So far Reading and Leeds have released the four headliners and a handful of other artists who will perform across the weekend, including Bastille, Juice Wrld and Billie Eilish. However, the roster will only grow as we approach closer to the August Bank Holiday next year. I’d love to see Slaves, Slowthai, Bring Me The Horizon and Lil Skies added to the list, although that may be asking a little too much. As it stands, this is a good line-up but with the right additions, it has potential to be one of the best in the last decade.