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Reading and Leeds boss reveals 2021 festival will have ‘two main stages and six headliners’

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Reading and Leeds festival

Reading and Leeds 2021 will have two main stages (Picture: Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Reading and Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn has revealed that next year’s festival will have ‘two main stages and six headliners‘.

All hope was lost when the double festival was cancelled this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, and all we can do is wait until next year.

Melvin and his team decided to plan 2021 and make sure it’s the amazing festival it needs to be.

‘Covid has given us a year off, so the innovation for next year is testing – everybody will be tested,’ the Festival Republic boss explained to NME.

‘We’re also going to reproduce the main stage twice. What was the second stage is going to be elevated to an equal stage with the same presentation.’

He continued: ‘What that really allows us to do is book six acts that are headliners.’

Leeds and Reading Festival

Leeds and Reading were cancelled due to the pandemic (Picture: Katja Ogrin/Redferns)

The acts that were meant to headline this year won’t be the same people performing next year.

Oh, the suspense.

Melvin went on to explain that they had decided to ‘wipe the slate clean’ when it came to the 2021 line-up.

Many other festivals decided to keep the same line-up and just moved the event back a year, but Leeds and Reading are only keeping one headliner.

‘Someone asked if we should just book the same thing, but we’ve never done that so why would we start now?’ he said. ‘We’d be a year out of date.’

The next Reading & Leeds Festival will take place Friday 27 – Sunday 29 August, 2021.

The line-up announcement will be made on Monday, August 30, 2021. 

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