Reading & Leeds Festival 2019: dates, tickets, headline & line-up rumours

29 August 2018, 14:17 | Updated: 20 November 2018, 10:01

The Main Stage at Reading 2012
The Main Stage at Reading 2012. Picture: Simone Joyner/Getty Images

Find out what we know about the twin festivals so far including possible line-up rumours and how to get tickets.

Reading & Leeds 2018 played host to headliners in Kendrick Lamar, Fall Out Boy and Kings Of Leon.

But it's that time of year again where we start to find out who will be topping the bill at the next instalment of the festival. which takes place in Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds.

Here's what we know about the famous festival so far:

What date does Reading & Leeds take place?

Reading and Leeds always takes place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, so next year's event will fall on 23-25 August 2019.

When do tickets go on sale?

Tickets are available to buy now from the official Reading & Leeds website now.

When is the line-up announced?

Reading & Leeds confirmed recently that the first line-up announcement would be expected this week.

Who will play or headline?

Here's some artists that could do the honours next year and why:

Foo Fighters

Dave Grohl and co. just announced European dates for 2019, which culminate in a gigs in Belfast and Dublin.

Dave Grohl and co will play Vital Festival in the Northern Irish capital on 19 August, before heading to Dublin's RDS Arena on 21 August two days later.

The dates are very close to Reading & Leeds, which takes place just the next week.

2017 saw the Foos headline Glastonbury, so they definitely won't be returning to the Somerset Festival for 2019.

Arctic Monkeys

Alex Turner and co haven't played Reading & Leeds since 2013, and although they released their Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino album this year, they are yet to play the album at an English festival, instead opting to play TRNSMT festival in Glasgow Green.

The 1975

Matt Healy and co last played the festival in 2016, and this month will bring out their new studio album A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships.

With three albums under their belt by the summer, the Manchester four-piece should have more than enough material to play a headline set.


Grime acts are no stranger to Reading & Leeds and with US rapper Kendrick Lamar headlining in 2018, and Stormzy announced for Glastonbury next year, there's no reason why Mercury Prize-winning Skepta can't own the main stage.

My Chemical Romance

It has been rumoured that the emo rockers will reunite for a full tour after splitting in 2013.

Not playing the festival since 2011, MCR would provide a much-needed dose of nostalgia on bank holiday weekend.

Florence + The Machine

Florence Welch and co returned with High As Hope this year, which earned her Mercury Prize nod for album of the year.

The Patricia singer is touring across 2018 and 2019, but nothing seems to be booked in for August yet.

The Killers

After playing a secret set at Glastonbury Festival 2017, the Mr. Brightside rockers went on to play every gig they possibly could, including British Summer Time and TRNSMT 2018.

They didn't make a pit stop at Reading & Leeds, though. Could they return to the main stage for the first time since 2008?

Guns N' Roses

Guns N' Roses have been bringing their classic line-up to audiences across the world since 2017, but have yet to play Reading & Leeds.

A quick look at their schedule confirms the Welcome To The Jungle rockers are only booked up until December 2018, so it's definitely possible.