Reading and Leeds Festivals announce 70+ acts for 2023!

Reading and Leeds Festivals 2023 news

Festival organisers have added 70+ names to the Reading and Leeds line up including BAKAR, ARLO PARKS, EASY LIFE, PALAYE ROYALE, SEA GIRLS, SUB FOCUS B2B WITH DIMENSION, SLEEP TOKEN, TOM ODELL, CLAVISH and LOADS more joining us in the summer!

Making their Reading and Leeds debuts will be BRIT award nominated RINA SAWAYAMA, who’s had a whirlwind year following the 2022 release of chart-topping ‘Hold The Girl’, 2023’s TikTok breakout star CAITY BASER and pop singer MIMI WEBB, whose debut album ‘Amelia’ will be released this Friday 3rd March. Completing the line up’s additions of pop’s most innovating voices is songwriter and BRITs Rising Star 2022 award winner HOLLY HUMBERSTONE, who has captured hearts (including ours) with her bright yet vulnerable songwriting.

Reading Festival UK 2023 phase 2 poster

North London artist BAKAR has become one of the most vital new voices in UK, promising another iconic genre-blending performance at R&L, joined by fellow North Londoner and drill innovator CLAVISH.

Representing the Leeds rock scene are brash trailblazers YARD ACT, who have risen through the ranks after their BBC Introducing Stage debut last year. Also packing six strings are Reading locals THE AMAZONS, appearing on their home turf to deliver their singalongs hooks and stadium-ready choruses from the 2022 release ‘How Will I Know if Heaven Will Find Me’. Festival favourites FRANK TURNER & THE SLEEPING SOULS will also be making a return to the fields.

EASY LIFE are continuing their global takeover, whilst acclaimed poet and songwriter ARLO PARKS will introduce some slower grooves, riding off the back of her 2023 standout track ‘Weightless’.

Also confirmed to play are PALAYE ROYALE, Canadian alt-rock noisemakers MOTHER MOTHER and visionary nu-metallers SLEEP TOKEN, who will deliver a masterclass in progressive metal. Following the release of the intimate and minimal ‘Best Day Of My Life’ late last year, acclaimed singer songwriter TOM ODELL will also undoubtedly deliver a striking performance. Festival anthem merchants SEA GIRLS will make their return to the festival, joined by Edinburgh indie rockers VISTAS, flying the flag for Scottish music alongside headliner LEWIS CAPALDI.

Organisers are bringing a huge selection of dance and electronic artists with pioneers of the drum and bass scene SUB FOCUS going B2B with DIMENSION, plus HEDEX, garage producer SOULECTA and American DJ and producer GRYFFIN. All-female DJ collective GIRLS DON’T SYNC will be taking to the decks alongside JAGUAR, representing underground dance music. Further names include pop riser NIEVE ELLA and HARIET JAXXON, known for her high tempo sets. Also bringing the heat will be New York’s AUSTIN MILLZ, alongside rap and production duo FRANKIE STEW & HARVEY GUNN, feel-good garage king SAMMY VIRJI and soul-pop singer JOESEF. Drum and bass is well represented by VIBE CHEMISTRY, KOVEN and ex-BBC Radio 1 host and revered DJ FRICTION, 80’s inspired producer METRIK and CHARLIE TEE, newly crowned as the BBC Radio 1 Drum and Bass show host.

Leeds Festival UK 2023 phase 2 poster

TV GIRL and WALLICE will deliver their sun-kissed Californian indie, joined by GIANT ROOKS, ETHEL CAIN, THE LAST DINNER PARTY and former busker now breakout Glaswegian star DYLAN JOHN THOMAS. Both alt-pop savant ARTEMAS and dream-pop Sydney natives ROYEL OTIS will be making their R&L debut. Also on the line up is JESSE JO STARK, Nashville indie rockers COIN, pop-punk crossover forerunner KENNYHOOPLA, ENGLISH TEACHER and post-punk trailblazers THE MURDER CAPITAL.

Looking for more heavy music? Also added are NORMANDIE, MAGNOLIA PARK, PINKSHIFT and GAMES WE PLAY. Kent-based nu-metal titans GRAPHIC NATURE will bring a daring concoction of scathing metal and hardcore, joined by HIGH VIS, MEET ME @ THE ALTAR  and  neon ‘ugly pop’ queen ZAND. Flying the flag for hardcore will be KNOCKED LOOSE and tenacious punks SCOWL. We’ve added new age rockers YONAKA and from across the pond EKKSTACY will embrace crowds with his darkwave pop songs.

Reading and Leeds 2023 will also welcome some of the hottest breakthrough hip-hop and rap artists including D DOUBLE E, West London’s lofi hip-hop riser FINN FOXELL, UK garage, soul and hip-hop fuser KiLLOWEN, Tottenham’s NIPPA and KENNY ALLSTAR. Also added is upcoming rap prospect SAINTE, freestyle queen and emotive songwriter SHASIMONE, rising Afrobeat rapper BZ, American digicore singer and rapper MIDWXST, and gritty South London hip-hop hopeful PROPH. Further names include K-TRAP, J FADO, breakthrough Leeds drill artist TEMZ and MALAKI. Plus, legendary producer and grime music trailblazer DJ TARGET, straight talking rap prospect JBEE, QUEEN MILLZ and hard hitting lyricist and British hyper-rap vanguard LANCEY FOUX.

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