Reading & Leeds Festivals 2021: dates, tickets, headliners, line-up & more

24 February 2021, 17:42 | Updated: 23 April 2021, 13:25

Reading and Leeds Festival stages
Reading and Leeds Festival stages. Picture: C Brandon/Andrew Benge/Redferns/Getty Images

Find out everything you need to know about the twin festivals including how the "six headliners" line-up will work.

  • Reading Festival 2021 has sold out. The organisers made the announcement on 25 February.
  • There are still limited tickets left for Leeds Festival on Friday and Sunday as of Friday 26 February.
  • The twin festivals take place at Reading's Richfield Avenue and Leeds' Bramham Park across August Bank Holiday Weekend,
  • The festivals had to cancel their 2020 events due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic , but organisers have now told fans what to expect on the line-up next year

When do Reading And Leeds Festivals 2021 take place?

Reading And Leeds always takes place during the August Bank Holiday Weekend, so next year's event will fall between 27 and 29 August 2021.

Who is headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals 2021?

Stormzy, Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Disclosure and Queens of The Stone Age have all been confirmed as headliners for the 2021 festival.

BRIT Award-winning rapper Stormzy and Oasis legend Liam Gallagher were both set to play Reading and Leeds 2020, but will return to play huge sets next year.

Gallagher said of the news: "Yes Brothers and Sisters, I come bearing good news...Yours Truly is headlining Reading & Leeds 2021. C'MON YOU KNOW. LG".

Liam Gallagher 2019
Liam Gallagher will headline Reading and Leeds 2021. Picture: Tom Beard/Press

A second wave of acts have been announced for the festival, which includes as Wolf Alice, Sam Fender and Machine Gun Kelly.

Why are there six headlners for Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2021?

2021 will be unusual as each day of the festival will feature TWO main stages - meaning SIX headliners. The festival organisers have responded to worries that there will be clashes between artists on the main stages: "The good news is there won’t be any. Yeah that’s right, 2 main stages, 6 headliners and no clashes between the headliners. We repeat NO CLASHES!"

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic said: "After an absence of a year we are delighted to announce the 2021 return to Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park in 2021 with our most epic plan yet. Two main stages, six headliners, the best line up of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans are going to celebrate the best music in the best music festivals in Britain."

This is how the weekend will pan out:

Stormzy
Stormzy. Picture: Henry J Kamara/Press

FRIDAY 27 AUGUST 2021

READING

Main Stage East: Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, MK, Gallows, Sports Team
Main Stage West: Catfish And The Bottlemen, AJ Tracey, Madison Beer, Ashnikko, Jack Harlow, Nova Twins, Dreya Mac

LEEDS

Main Stage East: Liam Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon, Charli XCX, KSI, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Niko B, Lyra
Main Stage West: Queens Of The Stone Age, Yungblud, Neck Deep, Crucast, Girl In Red, Ivorian Doll, 100 Gecs, Sofi Tukker, Bloxx, Hot Milk

SATURDAY 28 AUGUST 2021

READING

Main Stage East: Post Malone, Two Door Cinema Club, Doja Cat, Sigrid, Beabadoobee
Main Stage West: Disclosure, The Wombats, DaBaby, Solardo, Fever 333

LEEDS

Main Stage East: Stormzy, Lewis Capaldi, Mabel, MK, Gallows, Sports Team
Main Stage West: Catfish And The Bottlemen, AJ Tracey, Madison Beer, Ashnikko, Jack Harlow, Nova Twins, Dreya Mac

SUNDAY 29 AUGUST 2021

READING

Main Stage East: Liam Gallagher, Gerry Cinnamon, Charli XCX, KSI, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Niko B, Lyra
Main Stage West: Queens Of The Stone Age, Yungblud, Neck Deep, Crucast, Girl In Red, Ivorian Doll, 100 Gecs, Sofi Tukker, Bloxx, Hot Milk

LEEDS

Main Stage East: Post Malone, Two Door Cinema Club, Doja Cat, Sigrid, Beabadoobee
Main Stage West: Disclosure, The Wombats, DaBaby, Solardo, Fever 333

Reading and Leeds Festivals 2021 line-up poster
Reading and Leeds Festivals 2021 line-up poster. Picture: Press

How much are Reading and Leeds festival day and weekend tickets?

Reading Festival Weekend tickets are £232.20 each

Reading Festival Day tickets are £81.50 each

Leeds Festival Weekend tickets are £232.20 each

Leeds Festival Day tickets are £81.50 each

All prices do not include delivery or other fees.

Instalment plans are also available - see ticketmaster.co.uk/reading-and-leeds-festival for full details.

Reading and Leeds logo 2021
Reading and Leeds logo 2021. Picture: Press

Reading and Leeds festival age restrictions: How old do you have to be to go?

According to the official Reading And Leeds info pages:

No unaccompanied under 16s are allowed on site.

All Under 16's must be accompanied by a paying adult ticket holder (aged over 18.) This adult must remain on site throughout the whole weekend as the guardian of the under 16-year-old.

Under 13's (12 years and under) are admitted free but must be accompanied by a paying ticket-holder over 18 at all times. ID wristbands for children under 12 will be available at the site.

How will Reading And Leeds Festivals be handling social distancing in 2021?

Festival organiser Melvin Benn told The Guardian recently that entrance to Reading and Leeds festivals would be monitored by an "NHS-linked tracing app" that would need to be shown at the security gates.

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