Reading & Leeds have announced when they will announce their 2023 squad.
The festivals made the announcement in the form of a BeReal notice, called BeR&L, which said it had “less than 24 hours” to confirm the first acts coming to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park next year.
The first names will be announced tomorrow (December 9) at 8am on BBC Radio One.
This year’s festival was headlined by Dave, Megan Thee Stallion, Bring Me The Horizon, Arctic Monkeys, Halsey and The 1975. The latter replaced Rage Against The Machine, whose frontman Zach de la Rocha pulled out after injuring his ACL just weeks before the event. .
NME Speaking to festival booker Melvin Benn on the final day of the 2022 event, “three and a half” headliners have been booked. He also confirmed that two of these acts have headlined in the past.
Benn discussed what it was like to find a replacement headliner for Rage Against The Machine on such short notice, describing the process as “difficult” but “definitely worth it.”
“The starting process is that you want to replace them with an act that has headline status with the Reading & Leeds festivals,” he said. “A) there aren’t that many, and B) it’s really hard to find an act of that level that’s ready for a show and has all the band members in the country and not otherwise engaged and available. “
He continued: “There aren’t many acts like this around. We would talk to 1975 about future years, we always talk to them about arena shows and their plans. We knew they were in Japan, we knew they were working, and it was a very clear call for us.
“Our talented booker spent 48 hours trying to find a replacement. He did it, the band did it, and The 1975 didn’t let anyone down. Most of the campers were very happy about it.”
Reading & Leeds will be held on 25-27 August 2023.