Rage Against The Machine to headline Reading & Leeds Festivals

10 February 2020, 22:26 | Updated: 11 February 2020, 21:17

Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine
Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine. Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

The politically-charged LA rockers will join Liam Gallagher at the double-headed event in August.

Rage Against The Machine are to headline Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

The LA rock band will top the bill at Leeds on Friday 28 August and Reading on Sunday 30 August across the Bank Holiday weekend. They join Liam Gallagher as the first confirmed acts for this year's festivals.

Tickets for Reading and Leeds Festivals go on sale at 9am on Thursday 13 February.

RATM have announced a full tour of the world to mark their reunion, which marks nine years since they last performed together. Touring with Rage in the US are hip hop duo Run The Jewels, who collaborated with vocalist Zack de la Rocha on their 2014 track Close Your Eyes.

Rage Against The Machine
Rage Against The Machine. Picture: Niels van Iperen/Getty Images

RATM will perform at Coachella in April and make their way to Europe in the summer, where they'll play Rock en Seine in Paris on 1 September, Ireland's Electric Picnic on 4 September and Lollapalooza Berlin on 6 September.

The band's last album was 2000's Renegades, while in the downtime since Rage last performed, Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk collaborated in Prophets Of Rage. Morello also enjoyed success and acclaim with his other project, Audioslave.

It's now ten years since Rage Against The Machine enjoyed a Christmas number 1 with their expletive-ridden track Killing In The Name, following a social media campaign. The band played a celebratory free show in Finsbury Park in June 2010.