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The year is 2038. We've been back at Reading for several years now. The Wombats have just finished their set, 3rd from the top of main stage on their 20th consecutive year at Reading Festival. Next up Liam Fray from the Courteeners comes on stage, as they've alternated with Bastille on whose turn it is to play the festival every year since 2011. "Every single one a yas!" he exclaims. "You all excited for Post Malone tonight?"

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I’m interested to know what’s going on with stages. I would see: 

Liam Gallagher (would have to be hammered), KSI, QOTSA, Neck Deep, 100 gecs, Sofi Tukker, Bloxx, Stormzy, Gallows, Sports Team, Ashnikko, Jack Harlow, Two Door Cinema Club, Doja Cat, Beabadoobee, Disclosure, DaBaby & Fever 333.  

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6 hours ago, Dukey said:

I think last year was the first time I questioned if I'm too old and I was only 25 but I'll keep going as long as it doesn't go too downhill and become Wireless 2.0.

On a side note, the lineup pages has been updated so I'd say announcement is imminent - https://www.leedsfestival.com/lineup#poster

I'm going to put it out there that if £240 is worth paying for that then you're a dedicated trooper.

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We're a forward thinking festival you see, it would have been easy to just rebook last years line-up and then call it a day. We couldn't have booked it, we just couldn't. No, really, we couldn't have booked it. Rage decided they didn't want to play anymore. It's a shame we haven't got them for next year, but we've got to look forward to the future you see. If we booked the same acts for 2021 we'd be a year out of date, it's something we've never done and never will, we pride ourselves on being the most contemporary festival out there, and for me that's what makes Reading and Leeds truly special. I think it's amazing that after more than 40 years of running this festival, we can still book headliners that have never headlined before. 

Addressing some of the comments people have raised, a few people have mentioned that Post Malone headlined last year. I'm afraid your wrong on that one. He co-headlined with Twenty One Pilots last year, no one headlined that day. And anyway, Post Malone is like Travis Scott for me. It's pure rock and roll, no matter what kind of genre you put on it, it was an hour of pure rock and roll. I saw his headline set last year and it blew me away, I was utterly astounded. We just had to have him back. I'd put that performance up with some of the greats, Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine. It was incredible and I'm so pleased that we've signed a contract to have him headline every year.

I've had a few people come up to me recently and ask me if we're only having three stages this year. Which I'm planning to confirm after everyone's bought their tickets and the full deposits for tickets have been paid. No festival would ever dream of hiding information from the punters, but we are. For me, that's what makes Reading and Leeds special. We're innovators, we don't follow the normal route. No festival has done this before, and we're proud to be the only one to do so. There will also be no clashes site-wide. Three stages, and I repeat, NO CLASHES. This means that no-one will have any fear of missing out. You'll be able to see every single set. Even if you don't want to see it, you'll be sure you didn't miss out in anyway.

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25 minutes ago, Melvin Benn said:

Addressing some of the comments people have raised, a few people have mentioned that Post Malone headlined last year. I'm afraid your wrong on that one. He co-headlined with Twenty One Pilots last year, no one headlined that day. And anyway, Post Malone is like Travis Scott for me. It's pure rock and roll, no matter what kind of genre you put on it, it was an hour of pure rock and roll. I saw his headline set last year and it blew me away, I was utterly astounded. We just had to have him back. I'd put that performance up with some of the greats, Rolling Stones, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine. It was incredible and I'm so pleased that we've signed a contract to have him headline every year.

"Post Malone didn't headline that day"
"I saw him headline that day..."

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1 hour ago, Miyn said:

2016, 2018, 2019 and 2021. 4 times in 5 years is crazy. I'd be embarrassed to walk out again if it was me.

Don’t really see why they should be embarrassed, they pulled one of the biggest crowds of 2019 (according to VICE) and bet they go down well once again next year. 
 

Plus it’s the festival bookers who should get the flak anyway, not the band - they got offered likely good money to play a show and didn’t turn it down, don’t see what they’d be embarrassed about.

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