First Leeds Festival 2016 headliner revealed

Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining Leeds Festival 2016.
Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining Leeds Festival 2016.

The first acts have been confirmed for next year’s 2016 Leeds Festival - including one of the headliners.

Legendary American rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers will headline the festival – and its sister Reading Festival – nine years after their last performance there.

Melvin Benn, festival organiser, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2016 as a festival exclusive.

“Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK’s biggest music festival.

“We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up.

“It’s going to be our best year yet.”

The 1975 have been confirmed as performing at Leeds Festival 2016.

The 1975 have been confirmed as performing at Leeds Festival 2016.

The Chili Peppers, famous for tracks such as Give it Away, Under the Bridge and By the Way, are frontman Anthony Kiedis, guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, bassist Flea and drummer Chad Smith.

And when asked which UK festival they would like to play next summer, Smith said: “The simultaneous answer was ‘Reading and Leeds’.”

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Other acts confirmed for the festivals include The 1975, fresh from a sell-out UK tour which included dates at Sheffield’s O2 Academy and The Dome in Doncaster, and English punk-rock duo Slaves.

It’s going to be our best year yet

Melvin Benn, Leeds Festival organiser

Slaves – guitarist Laurie Vincent and drummer Isaac Holman – said: “It’s always a pleasure to play at Reading and Leeds and it’s an honour to be invited back to play again in 2016.

“The crowds have been good to us and we are always very grateful.

“The line-up is always a good one and we’re looking forward to being part of it and taking things up another level this time.”

Other bands confirmed for the festival, just up the road in West Yorkshire, include Courteeners, Twenty One Pilots, Boy Better Know, DJ Ez, Hinds, Rat Boy and Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith.

Slaves are a punk duo from Kent, England.

Slaves are a punk duo from Kent, England.

Crossfaith said: “It is an absolute honour to be invited to legendary rock festival ‘Reading & Leeds’ three years in a row.

“We are always feeling your big love for us.”

Leeds Festival 2016 takes place at Bramham Park from Friday to Sunday, August 26 to 28, For details, see www.leedsfestival.com
Weekend tickets are on sale now, priced £205, plus an £8 booking fee – see www.leedsfestival.com/tickets

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Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith are looking forward to playing Leeds Festival 2016.

Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith are looking forward to playing Leeds Festival 2016.