Reading and Leeds festivals mercilessly mocked after 'underwhelming' lineups revealed

Mike P Williams
Kasabian at Reading 2017. (PA)

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.

Liam Gallagher performing at Reading in 2017. (PA)

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.

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.

Diplo, Walshy Fire and Jillionaire of Major Lazer performing at Leeds 2017. (PA)

There were those  who decided to remember how the festivals used to be… so mocked it some more.

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.

Charli XCX performing live on the Radio 1 Dance Stage at the 2017 Reading Festival. (PA)

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.

And some bands got in on the discussion, preemptively confirming they weren’t going.


But there were those who, going against the grain of the mass hysteria, thought the announcement was good news.

Reading and Leeds festivals take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend of 24 to the 26.

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