Reading and Leeds Festival 2018: lineup and complete guide
Staff writer - June 12, 2018

Reading and Leeds Festival 2018: lineup and complete guide

Everything you need to know about the rockin’est UK festivals
Fall Out Boy 2018

The Reading and Leeds Festival lineup for 2018 is locked and loaded so it’s time to start planning for the only thing you should have planned for this August bank holiday.

Here’s a complete Reading and Leeds Festival guide for 2018, including a bit about the biggest artists on the lineup, essential details on how to get to the festival sites and everything else you need to know...

Reading and Leeds Festival fast facts

Location: Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue (Reading), Bramham Park (Leeds)
Date: August 24-26, 2018
Capacity: 90,000

Who’s on the Reading and Leeds Festival lineup?

It’s fair to say that this year’s lineup for the UK music festival surprised some fans, while others are delighted at the addition of some huge names in hip-hop and pop joining the typical alternative rock acts.

But there’s no denying there’s a bit of something for everyone on the Reading and Leeds lineup 2018...

Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar 2018

The world’s hottest hip-hop star right now is probably the biggest deal on the Reading and Leeds lineup.

Kendrick toured the UK in February 2018, but is back this summer for just two festival dates, including Reading and Leeds.

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Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy 2018

A fan favourite at Reading and Leeds Festival, Fall Out Boy are back with new album ‘Mania’ and are super excited to be headlining the festival this year.

A statement from the headline act said, "There are very few places that can illustrate the growth of our band from its beginning.

“However, Reading and Leeds is one of them. It is an honour to be able to headline a festival that we grew up playing and dreaming of that top spot.”

Panic! At The Disco

‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ hitmakers Panic! At The Disco are returning to Reading and Leeds Festival for their only UK performance of 2018.

The US rockers’ new album ‘Pray For The Wicked’ is due out this summer.

Kings of Leon

They say the family that plays together, stays together... And Kings of Leon (the Followill brothers and their cousin) have certainly stayed at the top of festival bills as they join the Reading and Leeds Festival lineup once again.

With a huge back catalogue of hits including ‘Sex on Fire’, Use Somebody’ and ‘Molly’s Chambers’, Kings of Leon are sure to draw the crowds.

Dua Lipa

Dua Lipa 2018

British pop singer Dua Lipa is having an incredible 2018.

The ‘IDGAF’ hitmaker received a record five nominations at the BRIT Awards (she won the British Female Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act awards), performed at the UEFA Champions League Final opening ceremony… and was announced as a headline act for Reading and Leeds Festival!

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Post Malone

Post Malone 2018

Post Malone soared to the top of the US and UK singles charts with ‘Rockstar’ (featuring 21 Savage) earlier this year, so the US rapper is a massive get for the festival.

His new album ‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ has broken several streaming records and also went to number one.



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American DJ and producer Diplo is bringing some MASSIVE dance tunes to the BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Also known as one third of DJ supergroup Major Lazer, Diplo has worked with a host of big name artists including Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and French Montana.

Sum 41


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Reading and Leeds Festival veterans Sum 41 are celebrating the 15th anniversary of their second studio album ‘Does This Look Infected?’ this year.

Expect the crowd to go wild when the punk rockers bust out hits ‘Fat Lip’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Still Waiting’.

Which comedians are at Reading and Leeds Festival?

With such massive names on the Reading and Leeds Festival lineups, it’s easy for a lot of the other stuff going on to slip under your radar...

Some of the top comedy acts performing on the alternative stage include Harry Hill, Lee Nelson, Big Shaq (Leeds only), Judah Friedlander (from ‘30 Rock’) and Seann Walsh.
Here's the full Reading and Leeds Festival music and comedy lineup in one handy list:

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  • 23 Unofficial
  • A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
  • A-Trak
  • A2
  • AJ Tracey
  • AJR
  • Akala
  • Alan Walker
  • Alma
  • Annabel Allum
  • Annie Mac
  • Bad Sounds
  • Beartooth
  • Belly
  • Bicep Live
  • Big Shaq
  • Billy Talent
  • Black Foxxes
  • Black Futures
  • Black Peaks
  • Blood Youth
  • Bobii Lewis
  • Brockhampton
  • Brunswick
  • Bryn
  • Buttoned Down Disco
  • Charlie Sloth
  • Chase Atlantic
  • Chip
  • Chris Ramsey
  • Coin
  • Courteeners
  • Creeper
  • D-Block Europe
  • Dane Baptiste
  • Danny Howard
  • Danny McLoughlin
  • David Morgan
  • Deaf Havana
  • Death From Above
  • Demob Happy
  • Dinosaur Pile-Up
  • Diplo
  • DJ Semtex
  • DJ Target
  • DMA’S
  • Don Broco
  • Draper
  • Dream Wife
  • Dua Lipa
  • Easy Life
  • Ebenezer
  • Ecca Vandal
  • Elderbrook
  • Eli Brown
  • Elliot Steel
  • Evelyn Mok
  • Famous Dex
  • Fekky
  • Fickle Friends
  • Fred V & Grafix Live
  • Fredo
  • Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
  • Ghetts
  • Hak Baker
  • Hannah Wants
  • Hardy Caprio
  • Harry Hill
  • Headie One
  • Hex
  • Hilltop Hoods
  • Hinds
  • Hippo Campus
  • Hollywood Undead
  • Hot Dub Time Machine
  • Hudson Taylor
  • Husky Loops
  • I Don’t Know How But They Found Me
  • I The Mighty
  • Isaac Gracie
  • Izzie Gibbs
  • J Hus
  • James Gill
  • Jarlath Regan
  • Jax Jones Live
  • Jayde Adams
  • Jimothy Lacoste
  • Joel Dommett
  • Judah Friedlander
  • Kate Nash
  • KDA
  • Kinetic Comedy
  • King Nun
  • Kiri Pritchard-Mclean
  • Kojo Funds
  • Kölsch
  • Krept X Konan
  • La Dispute
  • Lady Bird
  • Lady Leshurr
  • Last Night in Paris
  • Lauren Pattison
  • Lee Nelson
  • Let’s Eat Grandma
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Lil Pump
  • Lisa Mercedez
  • Lizzo
  • Lloyd Griffith
  • Love Zombies
  • Lucas Brothers
  • Maggie Rogers
  • Man With A Mission
  • Mark Olver
  • Marsicans
  • Mason Maynard
  • Mawaan Rizwan
  • METZ
  • Mike Shinoda
  • Milk Teeth
  • Mist
  • Mo Gilligan
  • Mr Eazi
  • Ms Banks
  • My Nu Leng
  • Nadia Rose
  • Neil Hilborn
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  • NF
  • Nines
  • Noname
  • Normandie
  • Nothing But Thieves
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  • Now, Now
  • Ocean Wisdom
  • Otherkin
  • Pale Waves
  • Papa Roach
  • Paul McCaffrey
  • Pendulum
  • Petrol Girls
  • Playboi Carti
  • Post Malone
  • Pretty Vicious
  • Protoje
  • Rae Morris
  • Rants N Bants
  • Reece Parkinson DJ
  • Rex Orange County
  • Rhys James
  • Riton & Kah-Lo
  • Romzy
  • Royal Republic
  • Sam Fender
  • Scarlxrd
  • Sea Girls
  • Seann Walsh
  • Shadow Child
  • Shame
  • Shazia Mirza
  • Sheck Wes
  • Sigrid
  • Skengdo x AM
  • Ski Mask the Slump God
  • Skindred
  • Skinny Girl Diet
  • Slaves
  • Sleep Token
  • Sneakbo
  • Sonny Fodera
  • Spector
  • Spring King
  • Starcrawler
  • Steel Banglez
  • Stray From The Path
  • Sum 41
  • Sunflower Bean
  • Suspect
  • Teenage Wrist
  • Ten Tonnes
  • Tez Ilyas
  • The Blaze
  • The Bronx
  • The Faim
  • 3The Fever 333
  • The Front Bottoms
  • The Glorious Sons
  • The Horrors
  • The Joy Formidable
  • The Kooks
  • The Magic Gang
  • The Magician
  • The Night Café
  • The Regrettes
  • The Used
  • The Vaccines
  • The Wombats
  • The Xcerts
  • Thunderpussy
  • Tiff Stevenson
  • Tom Allen
  • Tom Deacon
  • Tom Grennan
  • Tom Lucy
  • Touts
  • TQD
  • Trash Boat
  • Travis Scott
  • Trophy Eyes
  • Underoath
  • Waterparks
  • Welshly Arms
  • West Thebarton
  • Wild Front
  • Wilkinson Live
  • Wizkid
  • Wolf Alice
  • Wretch 32
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Yonaka
  • Yungblud
  • Yungen
  • Yxng Bane

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When is Reading and Leeds Festival 2018?

The festivals take place on the August bank holiday weekend (24-26).

The acts travel between the two sites to play on different days. For example, the Reading Festival lineup for the Friday will head north to Leeds for the Saturday.

What’s the weather for Reading and Leeds Festivals?

Reading and Leeds Festival takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, so nice weather is likely.

Expect sun (and maybe some clouds), but also pack your wellies and a waterproof coat/compact poncho just in case...

Where is Reading Festival and how do you get there?

Reading Festival is held at Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue.

The site can be easily reached by shuttle bus from Reading train station and town centre (although it’s actually only a 15-20 minute walk).

If you’re driving, Reading Festival is just off the M4 (junction 11) and there are car park passes available for the whole weekend.

Drivers are encouraged to car share with other festivalgoers to save cash, reduce traffic and protect the environment. There’s even a Reading Festival Liftshare page.

Big Green Coach is the official travel provider for Reading and Leeds Festivals, departing from 41 locations.

Where is Leeds Festival and how do you get there?

Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park. Drivers should head toward the A1, M1 or A1(M) and look out for signs. Parking is included with all festival tickets.

There’s a shuttle bus going from Leeds train station and will also be taking campers from the festival grounds to the local Tesco.

Big Green Coach is the official travel provider for Reading and Leeds Festivals, departing from 39 locations.

Hotels near Reading and Leeds Festivals

Camping not really your scene, eh?

If you want to experience the full Reading and Leeds Festival weekend but don’t fancy pitching up a tent, you can always stay at a local hotel.


Cheap: Travelodge Reading M4 Eastbound (around £39, 3.3 miles away)
Affordable: Premier Inn Reading Caversham Bridge (around £76, 0.4 miles away)
Posh: The Forbury (around £119, 0.7 miles away)


Cheap: The Avenue (around £34, 6.6 miles away)
Affordable: Hazlewood Castle Hotel and Spa (around £87, 2.4 miles away)
Posh: Wood Hall (around £154, 4 miles away)

Alternatively, you could go for one of the many glamping options available at both festivals, allowing you to stay on site without accidentally setting up your tent in a puddle.

Check out Pink Moon Camping or Podpads for more info.

How to get tickets for Reading and Leeds Festivals

Reading and Leeds Festivals are huge events on live music fans’ calendars and tend to sell out pretty quickly.

If you’re struggling to get in, try connecting with fans selling spare tickets to Reading Festival and Leeds Festival on StubHub.

Tickets are available for either single day entry or the entire weekend.

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