7 Bands that SHOULD headline Leeds & Reading 2019 – Man Wants


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7 Bands that SHOULD headline Leeds & Reading 2019

7th September 2018

This year saw Leeds and Reading take up a very diverse lineup, with headliners Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and Kings of Leon. Some music lovers saw no problem with it, but others weren’t too chuffed.

I wasn’t really keen on the lineup this year myself, admittedly. Since Leeds and Reading are usually known for a larger variety of rock and alternative acts, this one just felt very lackluster, but it could just be my taste and expectations.

You can’t knock it though, I’d like to give a shout out to some smaller but great acts that were present this year, such as Skindred, Black Peaks, Royal Republic, Sum 41, among a few others.

Now that L&R2018 have both come and gone, it’s now time to point out the acts that I personally want to see headline in 2019. Since there’s a few acts it could be, I’ve chosen 7 that I think are realistically in for a chance.



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Coldplay have never headlined Leeds and Reading before, which comes as a surprise. They probably have a busy schedule due to their popularity already, but a L&R headlining debut isn’t exactly impossible for them.

Like them or not, it would be something new to the festival, and I’m up for that.

Green Day

Green Day

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2019 sees Green Day’s successful album “Dookie” turn 25 years old, and they’ve been rehearsing it in its entirety to celebrate. Leeds and Reading would be a great opportunity to bring that classic album in full to the UK, and it’s a possibility.

Green Day have already headlined back in 2013, but that will have been a good 6 years ago when it comes to 2019, so I wouldn’t say it’s too recent.

Guns N’ Roses

Guns N Roses

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A personal favourite of mine that I’d love to see take up the L&R stage again. Gun’s n’ Roses last headlined in 2010 and then 2002 previous to that, but a 2019 headlining position would be a lot different.

With singer Axl Rose in a lot better shape than he has been, and the reunion of guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan, fans would be in for a much bigger treat than their last two headline performances could offer.

Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon

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With the history of secret sets that Leeds and Reading have pulled off, plenty of those acts have gone on to headline shortly after. For example, Green Day and Foals both went on to headline after a secret set.

Bring Me The Horizon opened the Radio 1 stage this year, and have been doing rather great for themselves career-wise. With their new album “Amo” coming out in early 2019, there’s a strong possibility these Sheffield boys have made it to the big seat.



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British indie band Bastille have been quite the success from day one, with their debut album hitting number one in the charts, as well as winning the British Breakthrough act at the Brit awards in 2014.

I feel Bastille are another one of those newcomers to the headlining seat that would pull it off really well. While I’m not really their biggest fan, it would be great to see them at the top next year, and they stand a good chance of getting that.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys

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While they’re already our favourite to headline Glastonbury 2019, there’s also the strong possibility they’ll be taking the reigns of Leeds and Reading next year too!

Many were disappointed at their lack of attendance for this year, so maybe they’ll make up for it next year. If these boys and Bring Me The Horizon were both to headline, then all we’d need is a Pulp reunion to turn it into SheffieldFest!



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2019 marks 10 years since Oasis were forced to call it quits. Surely, it’s been long enough now to make ammends? Rumours of their reunion has been circulating for a while now, but are they ever going to turn out true?

Probably not. However, it’s what a lot of people want, so if there’s absolutely any possibility that L&R management can convince Noel to get back on the same stage as his brother Liam, then it would be absolutely incredible.

There’s 7 bands that I feel should be in for a chance of headlining next year’s Leeds and Reading festival. I’ve been quite dominant on rock bands there but it’s always possible we’ll get somebody different.

Other acts rumoured to be in with a chance includes Drake, Stormzy, Slaves, Dua Lipa, The Prodigy, Kanye West, Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, The Killers, Muse, and many more! Who do you think will headline next year? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Edit: So Foo Fighters are the first headliner to be announced. Guess I got my festivals mixed up, since I predicted them for Download instead. Never mind, still two more slots to be filled! Watch this space.