By Graham Chalmers
The Libertines are to headline this year’s Leeds Festival.
Reading and Leeds Festivals have announced the legendary indie-rockers as the final of this year’s main stage headliners after previous announcements of Metallica and Mumford & Sons.
Other acts newly unveiled for this year’s event which runs from August 28-39 include The Maccabees, Tyler The Creator, Everything Everything, Jamie XX, Wombats, Frank Turner, Ash, Azealia Banks, Hudson Mohawke, New Found Glory, Mastadon, Cancer Bats, Django Django and more
Festival boss Melvin Benn also announced a new day ticket price reduction.
The booking of The Libertines cements a Reading and Leeds legacy which dates back to 2002.
Rising up through the Festivals’ billing, the legendary troubadours Peter Doherty, Carl Barât, Gary Powell and John Hassall made their Main Stage debut in 2003 and returned in 2004.
The band blew the crowds away in 2010 when they famously reunited at the Festivals and now, for the first time, they will take their rightful place as Reading & Leeds headliners.
With their long awaited new record in the works, their set will undoubtedly be one of the defining moments of Reading and Leeds 2015.
In an exclusive video message, Peter Doherty said: “I’ve just woken up and I can’t stop thinking about playing at Reading & Leeds.”
Festival boss Melvin Benn said:
“What a band to announce as our third headliner. The Libertines are part of the Reading and Leeds family and I can’t wait for the boys to walk on to our main stages in their rightful place at the top of the bill.
“Where else can you see Kendrick Lamar on the same day as Deadmau5 and Years & Years, or Marmozets on the same day as Azealia Banks or Metallica, or All Time Low on the same day as Knife Party or Mumford & Sons!
In terms of the new day ticket, Melvyn said: “”Having spent some time reviewing the ticket price and talking to people about it I felt that where we had got to with the day price was too high and once I really examined it decided to go the whole hog and reduce it to £59.50. However, anyone thinking it’s a way to get the weekend including camping cheaper will be disappointed. It will not give access to the campsite as I’m creating new entrances for day ticket holders. It’s still great though for those that don’t want to camp.”
For a full list of national outlets, plus details of luxury camping options, please visit: www.readingfestival.com / www.leedsfestival.com