Reading and Leeds Festival 2015 line-up announcement

PUBLISHED: 11:13 26 November 2014 | UPDATED: 11:19 26 November 2014

Metallica on stage

Metallica on stage


Metallica will headline the 2015 Reading & Leeds Festivals after organisers made the first 2015 line-up announcement.

James Hetfield on stageJames Hetfield on stage

Knebworth regulars Metallica – James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo – will headline the main stage at next summer’s Reading & Leeds Festivals in a UK festival exclusive.

Also announced for next August Bank Holiday weekend’s bash are Jamie T, Pierce The Veil, Wilkinson, Refused, Run The Jewels and Manchester Orchestra.

Reading & Leeds 2015 tickets are now on sale, including a £50 instalment plan.

Returning to the prestigious headline spot for a record fourth time in 2015, Metallica have a rich history at the festivals, having first headlined Reading 18 years ago.

Reading & Leeds Festival 2015 line-upReading & Leeds Festival 2015 line-up

With a career spanning over three decades and more than 110 million records sold across the world, Metallica are undoubtedly one of the biggest and best live acts on the planet.

They headlined Knebworth for the third time this summer, a week after playing Glastonbury for the first time.

Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich said: “We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time. We are practically the house band. Bring it!”

Festival boss Melvin Benn added: “I’m excited to be able to announce Metallica as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2015.

“Their amazing live show promises to be a favourite with rock, metal and genuine music fans at the UK’s most important music festival, perfectly topping a bill of brilliant acts from across the genres.

“I’m looking forward to revealing the rest of the festival line-up, which will feature the absolute best of rock, indie, dance and hip hop and will only add to the amazing atmosphere that make Reading & Leeds so special.”

Following this year’s explosive secret set at Reading, Jamie T will make the trip to both festival sites in 2015.

Fresh from a hugely successful sold-out UK tour and the release of third album Carry On The Grudge, Jamie T is one of the hottest acts of the moment and an exciting addition to the line-up.

Fresh from their highly-anticipated fourth studio album, Californian post-hardcore favourites Pierce The Veil will be making their long-awaited Reading & Leeds debut in 2015.

Vic Fuentes from the band said: “We’ve been dying to do these festivals ever since we started touring in the UK.

“It’s such an honour to be a part of something that people wait all year round to see.”

With his set this year proving to be one of the defining moments on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, drum ‘n’ bass maestro Wilkinson is no stranger to Reading & Leeds.

Stepping up his live show yet another notch following his Lazers Not Included tour, he will be returning to the twin-sited festival in 2015.

Headlining The Pit Stage, Refused have become one of the most influential heavy bands of a generation.

With two critically acclaimed albums released in the last two years, Run The Jewels are one of the hottest hip-hop acts on the planet.

Making their Reading & Leeds debut next year, rap veterans Killer Mike and El-P’s performance will be essential viewing.

Manchester Orchestra will make their third trip to Reading & Leeds in 2015, following the release of fourth album Cope and this year’s stripped down alternate version Hope.

A second batch of tickets for Reading & Leeds 2015 are on sale now.

Weekend tickets are £205, plus £8 booking fee and postage.

Early entry permits are £20, campervan permits £75, lockers £16, and Reading car parking £10. Weekend ticket prices include camping.

Securing your ticket is even easier with the £50 instalment plan. To save a spot at Reading & Leeds 2015, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then the balance in monthly instalments.

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online.

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