***UPDATE 7 March – Festival organisers have revealed there will be four headliners this year – click here to see the updated post ***
***UPDATE – Blink 182 have been announced as the first headliners of Reading and Leeds 2014 – see the early line-up here***
***UPDATE NUMBER 2 – Arctic Monkeys have now been announced as headliner of this years festival – click here for the latest news on the Reading and Leeds 2014 line-up***
Reading and Leeds Festival organisers have announced that they will reveal the first headliners for next years festial next Monday (2 December).
The have also revealed details of a new £50 deposit scheme – so festival goers can reserve their space with a £50 down payment. The deposit scheme will launch at 9am on Tuesday 3 December – the day after the first headliner announcement.
So, who is going to be headlining the two festivals in 2014?
Speaking of the first headliner announcement next week, festival organiser Melvin Benn gave the following clues:
We have headliners in mind and booked actually. Two of the three are done, the last one we are giving due consideration to. Both of the headliners have played before. They are American and English (bands). They may even be bands with members from both sides of the pond in them. Two of the three are booked and I’m very happy with them.
Black Sabbath have been rumoured heavily over the past few months – and they are the only band I can think of off the top of my head who fit the ‘band with members from both sides of the pond in them’, as they have US touring musicians playing with them.
Other rumours that have been circling for a while are Arctic Monkeys (obviously), but I don’t know whether their recent unveiling for T In The Park makes them less or more likely to also be headlining Reading and Leeds?
Queens Of The Stone Age could also be a good shout, particularly as their current arena tour has established them as one of the biggest rock acts in the world.
Kanye West is another rumour, but he has been rumoured for every UK festival for the past few years – people just seem to be so desperate to get him over here in the summer! If he was going to headline a festival it would probably be Glastonbury, but Reading and Leeds have a history for offering stupid money to some headliners so Kanye could be an outside chance.
Other potentials are Paramore (are they big enough to headline?) and Foals – who have been making noises about headlining a big festival soon so don’t rule them out.
Who would you like to see topping the bill at next years Reading and Leeds festivals? Join the discussion in the comments below…
UPDATE – Monday 2 December
The below line-up poster is currently doing the rounds on social media, which looks pretty real to me – with Paramore, Arctic Monkeys and Pearl Jam as the headliners. What do you guys think?