Music lover, rejoice! The Reading and Leeds 2018 festival lineups have been announced – only people aren’t as happy as they should be.
Past years have seen the likes of Oasis, Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N’ Roses blow audiences away with their headlining sets, but many have pointed out that this year is severely lacking that must-see headliner act.
The official lineups were revealed today and rather than people having already bought their tickets safe in the knowledge of what they were getting, many were left disappointed with the cash they’d spent based on the artists they saw listed.
— Reading & Leeds Fest (@OfficialRandL) February 13, 2018
Naturally, people vented their frustrations on Twitter, as they mocked the acts that were making up the summer festivals.
Despite respectable and talented acts like Kendrick Lamar, Post Malone, Dua Lipa, Kings of Leon, and Diplo, music fans were left questioning where the bigger names were and roasted the festivals in the process.
Some thought that the spirit of the festivals had changed.
I swear Reading and Leeds used to be primarily rock music, now its been taken over by the people who attend festivals to wear the latest ‘festival’ outfits and complain about the line up pic.twitter.com/4x3epGNjBx
— Emily Rose (@EmireeRurse) February 13, 2018
it’s been nearly 5 hours and i am still in disbelief at how bad that reading and leeds line up is. i knew it’d be disappointing, but not that bad…
— ellie (@N1CKYWIRE) February 13, 2018
There were those who decided to remember how the festivals used to be… so mocked it some more.
Even Tramlines festival looks better than Leeds. Don't like 2018 one bit so far.
— Matt Scarr (@MatthewAScarr) February 13, 2018
Don’t know what’s worse the new snapchat update or the Reading and Leeds fest line up
— Jamie Street (@Jamieowenstreet) February 13, 2018
Remember when Reading and Leeds was a rock festival
Good times good times
— Isabella (@bellabullz) February 13, 2018
Mockery commenced almost immediately – especially towards those who’d already handed over their hard-earned cash. Tickets were around the £220 mark (with a booking fee), which many people were reluctant to pay if they’d known the names on the list.
New favourite game…
Find someone who's already got their Reading or Leeds ticket and watch them trying to tell you why the lineups not actually that bad #RandL18
— Charlie Burgess (@burgers_99) February 13, 2018
Feel sorry for people who've already paid £250 to go Leeds or Reading and get like one half decent day of acts
— Jordan Lightfoot (@JLightfoot99) February 13, 2018
Some were even going as far as to call for a boycott, due to neither festival securing bands like The Arctic Monkeys, The Stone Roses, or Oasis.
No Oasis No Arctic Monkeys No Stone Roses ️oycott Reading and Leeds!!
— James (@states_of_minds) February 13, 2018
And some bands got in on the discussion, preemptively confirming they weren’t going.
We’re not really playing Reading and Leeds.
— Architects (@Architectsuk) February 12, 2018
But there were those who, going against the grain of the mass hysteria, thought the announcement was good news.
Not really understanding this Reading/Leeds backlash atm sorry. I think it’s a great mixed lineup of current bands that will sell tickets. Remember it’s for a new gen of R&L attendees and it has to move with the times. I think it’s great!
— Zoe London (@zoelondondj) February 13, 2018
First year I've looked at Reading and Leeds and actually thought it looks worth going. Grime, pop punk, acoustic emo, a lil rap metal, mumbling soundcloud rappers, finally it's something other than rich white boy indie bands headlined by the same rapper they had three years prior
— yung kk slider (@DDPXN) February 13, 2018
I'm old enough to remember when the Kings of Leon looked like drugged elves and we're good. I am not old enough to remember a time when Reading and Leeds Festival goers didn't moan about the line-up though.
Arctic Monkeys are just Norman Wisdom with an amp anyway
— Will Black (@WillBlackWriter) February 13, 2018
Reading and Leeds festivals take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend of 24 to the 26.