Liam Gallagher, Fred Again and Lana Del Rey are among the artists set to headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2024, it has been announced.
At the sister festivals, Britpop star Liam, 51, will mark the 30th anniversary of Oasis’ debut album Definitely Maybe by performing the record in full. Indie rock band Catfish And The Bottlemen, American pop-punk outfit Blink-182 and Scottish singer Gerry Cinnamon will also top the bill for 2024.
Among the other acts announced on Thursday (November 23) are Mercury Prize nominee Raye, American DJ Skrillex, band Spiritbox and rapper Digga D. Mercury Prize nominee producer and DJ Fred Again said this will be “the only UK festival I’m playing next year and is the first festival I ever went to”. He headlined Parklife Festival at Heaton Park in June this year.
Lana, who will headline for the first time, and Blink-182, who are returning to the festivals for the first time in a decade, will also not play any other UK festivals next year. Meanwhile Liam's headline set will see him return to the music festivals following performances in 2017 and headline sets in 2021.
Speaking about the announcement, Liam, who will perform his solo work alongside Oasis’ greatest hits, said: “I’m gonna be playing Reading & Leeds, the most RnR (Rock n’ Roll) festivals we have left in the UK. Be there or be square LGx”.
Also making a return are bands including Catfish And The Bottlemen, who last performed in 2021. The band and frontman Van McCann have not released any new music since 2019, with rumours of a comeback circulating online only months ago.
Melvin Benn, managing director of promoter Festival Republic, said: “We are thrilled to announce the first wave of artists for Reading and Leeds 2024. I am very proud that the biggest artists in the world choose to play Reading and Leeds and to have three incredible UK festival exclusives – the electrifying Fred again, a true generational talent Lana Del Ray and the legendary Blink-182.
“The iconic Liam Gallagher will return to play an all-time classic album Definitely Maybe which will be a special moment indeed. We pride ourselves on nurturing artists from the early stages in their career, so to see acts like Catfish And The Bottlemen rising through the festival to headline for the second time is very rewarding.
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“2023 was a hugely successful year for attendance and sensational audience feedback, and we are eager to build upon this success even further at the UK’s biggest and best music festival.”
Tickets for the three-day event, taking place between August 21 and 25, will go on general sale next Thursday (November 30). Tickets for existing Barclaycard and Three customers will go on pre-sale at 8.30am on Tuesday November 28, and weekend and day tickets go on general sale at 8.30am on Thursday November 30 on the respective Reading and Leeds ticketing websites.