England’s Reading and Leeds festivals aren’t the largest or most important festivals in the UK — that’s still Glastonbury — but they’re still massive institutions and enormously important career-makers for bands from around the world. And my one day at the 1997 Reading Festival (Manic Street Preachers headlining, the Orb second from the top, Republica and Space stealing the undercard) represents one of my favorite festival-going memories ever. Both festivals, which share one lineup, just announced their initial lineups for this summer. Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will both headline individual days, while Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore will co-headline another. The bills also feature Vampire Weekend, Disclosure, Foster The People, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Metronomy, Die Antwoord, Temples, JUNGLE., Danny Brown, Eagulls, Klaxons, Pusha T, Joey Bada$$, and Vic Mensa. More acts will be announced. The festivals come to their respective cities 8/22-24, and you can find out more info on them here.
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