Reading and Leeds Festivals line-ups

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The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. The events both happen on the bank holiday weekend in August (on Friday, Saturday, Sunday), and share the same bill (occasionally with one or two exceptions). The festival's origins date back to the Beaulieu Jazz Festival (1956-1961) which became the National Jazz Festival in 1961 (then The National Jazz and Blues Festival in 1963) and settled in Reading in 1971. In 1999 a second leg was added at Leeds.

The following is a list of acts that have played at the festival.

2016[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Pit/Lock Up[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1Xtra Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Plus Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, Bugzy Malone, Clara Amfo, DJ Semtex (Reading only), Fekky, Franko Fraize, Geko, Hoodie Allen, K.Flay, Lady Leshurr, Little Simz, Logic, Maverick Sabre, Metro Boomin, Protoje, Raleigh Ritchie, Section Boyz, Yung Lean, and Yungen.

2015[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Pit/Lock Up[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

Tyler the Creator had originally been booked to play on the NME Stage, but was forced to cancel these shows after being refused entry into the United Kingdom. Modern Baseball had planned to play the Lock Up Stage, but withdrew the week before the festival due to the lead singer's decision to focus on tackling his depression. Mastodon had originally been booked to headline the Pit stage, but pulled out when they cancelled their European tour, citing a 'personal family matter.[1]' It was later revealed that this was due to bassist Troy Sanders' wife being diagnosed with breast cancer.[2]

2014[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Pit/Lock Up[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1Xtra Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

2013[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Lock Up/Rock Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

  • The latest announcements to the 2013 Reading and Leeds festival were made on Tuesday, 4 June 2013 on Radio 1[3][4]
  • Reading and Leeds 2013 presale tickets went on sale on 30 August 2012. Weekend tickets were made available on 30 November 2012 at a price of £202.50 (plus an £8 booking fee). Day tickets cost £90.00 (plus a £7 booking fee).
  • Early entry tickets for the Reading site sold out on 17 June 2013. On 5 July 2013, Saturday day tickets for the Reading site sold out. On 12 July 2013, Friday day tickets for the Reading site sold out. On 23 July 2013, weekend tickets for the Reading site sold out. On 13 August 2013, Sunday tickets sold out, meaning at the Reading site, the full weekend was sold out. On 17 August 2013, Friday tickets for the Leeds site sold out.
  • On 27 June 2013, Brand New who were due to play on the Main Stage announced that they were cancelling their August European dates including their performances at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. They were replaced by EarlWolf.
  • Iggy Azalea cancelled in order to attend the MTV Video Music Awards.[5]
  • Due to illness, DIIV were forced to cancel Reading and Leeds performances.[6]
  • Due to heavy traffic, Pegboard Nerds were unable to attend their Leeds Festival performance.

2012[edit]

The initial line-up announcements for the festivals were made on 12 March 2012 - with the tickets made available for purchase shortly afterwards.[7]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Lock Up/Dance Stage[edit]

Lock-Up Dance Stage Lock-Up
Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

2011[edit]

The line-up for the Reading and Leeds 2011 festivals was announced on 21 March 2011, and tickets were made available thereafter.[9][10]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Lock-Up Stage/Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £192.50 before booking fees. Pulp headlined over The Strokes at the Leeds Festival. Mouthwash pulled out due to the split up of the band, they were replaced by Fighting Fiction. The Twilight Singers pulled out and were replaced by Young Legionnaire. OFWGKTA pulled out of the Leeds Festival due to the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, but still performed at the Reading Festival. Jane's Addiction were due to headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage but cancelled both their appearances at the last minute - after arriving at the Reading site - due to frontman Perry Farrell falling ill. Rise Against played a secret acoustic set on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading after their mainstage slot.

2010[edit]

The line-up for the Reading and Leeds 2010 festivals was announced on 29 March 2010, and tickets were made available thereafter.[11][12]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Lock-Up Stage/Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Notes[edit]

2009[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Radio 1/NME Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Lock Up Stage/Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday Leeds Saturday

The Alternative Stage[edit]

Comedy: Doug Stanhope, Tim Minchin, Brendon Burns, Jack Whitehall, Junior Simpson, Sarah Millican, Tom Stade, Hugh Lennon, MC Matt Read, MC Martin Bigpig, Steve Gribbin, Kevin Bridges, Holly Walsh, Stephen Grant, Markus Birdman, Stuckey & Murray, Jessica Delfino, Dan Nightingale, Gary Delaney, Mark Olver, Daniel Townes, MC Dave Twentyman, Joey Page, Doc Brown, Jamie Kilstein, Joe Bor, Tomb.

Spoken Word: Aidan Moffat, The PeteBox, Kate Tempest, Mik Artistik, John Berkavitch

Debate: ID Instigate Debate

Late Night Entertainment: Smash N' Grab, Swap-A-Rama, Transgressive Records

Film: Le Donk screening plus Q&A session with Mark Herbert and special guests from the film, 3D Night Of The Living Dead, This Is Spinal Tap, Anvil! The Story of Anvil.

Dance To The Radio Stage[edit]

Leeds Thursday

Notes[edit]

  • The festival ran from Friday 28 August 2009 - Sunday 30 August 2009. Weekend tickets cost £175. Day tickets cost £70.
  • Alexisonfire and The Bronx (band) played two sets at both Reading and Leeds - one on the Main Stage and one later in the day on the Lock Up stage.
  • A Day to Remember cancelled their appearance on the Festival Republic stage.
  • A schedule gap on the Radio1/NME stage on the Friday at Leeds and Saturday at Reading was filled by a surprise appearance by Them Crooked Vultures.[13]

2008[edit]

The line-up for the Reading and Leeds 2008 festivals was announced on 31 March 2008, and tickets were made available thereafter.[14][15]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1/NME Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Festival Republic Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Sunday
Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

Alternative Stage[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • The festival ran from Friday 22 - Sunday 24 August 2008. Weekend tickets cost £155. Day tickets cost £65.
  • Set Your Goals pulled out of the festival. Alkaline Trio pulled mainland festival appearances but still appeared at Reading/Leeds.
  • The Pigeon Detectives appeared on the Dance To The Radio Stage (an alias for the BBC Introducing Stage in reference to their label) on Thursday 21st at the Leeds Site.[16]
  • Slipknot pulled out of the festival after drummer Joey Jordison broke his ankle. Feeder were their replacement as far as the slot was concerned, as almost every act below them were moved up a slot, with Bring Me the Horizon being booked instead, although not taking their slot and being at the bottom of the schedule.[17]
  • Avenged Sevenfold performed a shortened set at Leeds and pulled out of the Reading leg due to illness. Due to the short notice, they were not replaced and the schedule was re-arranged. This meant Mindless Self Indulgence playing before Feeder, although this not an official 4th and are still retroactively listed as the second band to play.

2007[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday

Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Friday

The Carling Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

Kaiser Chiefs played a secret slot on the Carling Stage at the Leeds leg of the event under the pseudonym of 'Hooks for Hands'. Peeping Tom were due to perform on the dance stage, but pulled out. +44 also dropped out.

A weekend ticket cost £145 (plus a maximum of £7 booking fee).

2006[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Sunday
Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

Carling Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Nokia Tent[edit]

Reading Saturday
  • Modern Clichés

Notes[edit]

Shortly after the first line-up announcement, Feeder and Yeah Yeah Yeahs switched days, meaning that Yeah Yeah Yeahs would play Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday, and that Feeder would play Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday. Audioslave pulled out of their slot due to the band being busy recording new material, The Shins pulled out for undisclosed reasons, and From First to Last pulled out due to the then lead singer (Sonny Moore) needing throat surgery, Paramore had to pull out because their singer (Hayley Williams) had throat problems and were replaced by Sonic Boom Six lower in the bill. Story of the Year and Bleeding Through also pulled out for undisclosed reasons. Flogging Molly played twice at both festivals, once in the punk tent and once on the main stage. Tickets were £135 for a weekend ticket and £60 for a day ticket.

2005[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

NME/Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

See Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage

Radio 1 Lock-Up Stage[edit]

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday

Carling stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

2005 saw My Chemical Romance play both Reading and Leeds on the same day, in an alteration from the original schedule, due to the MTV Video Music Awards. The Transplants were originally booked to play the festivals but pulled out in mid-August due to illness. Jimmy Eat World also pulled out due to other commitments. Other drop outs include Willy Mason, Simple Plan and Fall Out Boy (also due to the VMAs). A weekend ticket cost £125, a day ticket £60.

2004[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

See Concrete Jungle Stage

Concrete Jungle Stage[edit]

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday

Carling stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

On the Radio 1 Stage, the Super Furry Animals headlined on the Leeds Saturday, with Graham Coxon second. This order was reversed when the bands played the Reading Friday. New Found Glory pulled out a few weeks before the festival. A weekend ticket cost £105, a day ticket £45.

2003[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Smirnoff Dance Arena[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The Concrete Jungle Stage[edit]

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday

Carling stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played as a replacement for The White Stripes, who pulled out after Jack White was in a car crash with his then-girlfriend, Renée Zellweger. Although they played second on the Main Stage, it was billed as with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, reflecting their smaller status. Jay-Z also pulled out, with The Darkness moving further up the bill to replace him. The Libertines were without Pete Doherty, who was at that time estranged from the band; he also missed their 2004 appearance. Other drop outs included Courtney Love, Lostprophets and Godsmack. A weekend ticket cost £95, a day ticket £40.

2002[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Evening Session Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Third Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday
The Boutique Stage Concrete Jungle Stage Dance Stage

Carling stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

Guns N' Roses played only in Leeds as they had a prior touring commitment in London on the day of the Reading event. In Reading they were replaced by Raging Speedhorn who appeared much lower on the bill. A weekend ticket cost £90, a day ticket was £39. Reel Big Fish pulled out of Leeds for undisclosed reasons. Antipop Consortium cancelled their Dance Stage appearance after they disbanded earlier that month. Feeder were invited by Melvin Benn to headline the main stage on the first day at Reading and the second day at Leeds. They later turned this down, as they did not want to play such a high profile slot so soon after the death of their drummer Jon Lee in January of that year. As a result, Feeder would instead headline the Radio 1 Evening Session Stage.

2001[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Radio 1 Evening Session Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

The End Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

See Concrete Jungle Stage

The Concrete Jungle Stage[edit]

Reading Saturday
Leeds Sunday

Carling stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Friday

Notes[edit]

This was the year that the Concrete Jungle Stage made its debut. Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £35. The Strokes were moved from the Radio One stage to the Main Stage.

Radio 1 Evening Session Stage[edit]

2000[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

Radio 1 Evening Session Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

Carling Premier Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Monday Leeds Sunday Leeds Saturday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £35.

Rage Against the Machine played their last UK gig at Reading before their break-up. They played their last gig three weeks later.

Originally booked play on the mainstage Eminem had to pull out a few weeks prior due to legal reasons in America.

Elastica pulled out of their Leeds appearance.

1999[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

Radio 1 Evening Session Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

Carling Premier Stage[edit]

Liberty 37 (unknown position)

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday Leeds Monday

Also Included: Big Leaves, Black Box Recorder, Cha Cha Cohen, Chicks, Cube, Cyclefly, Dark Star, Dawn Of The Replicants, Experimental Pop Band, The Jellys, Jims Super Stereo World, Liberty 37, Linoleum, Llama Farmers, Medal, Mercedes, The Motorhomes, Muse, Peeps Into Fairyland, Quasi, Rico, The Rocking Horses, Rosita, Seafood, Silt, Sonia Fariq, Stroke, Venni, The Webb Brothers, Witness

Dance Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday
Leeds Saturday Leeds Sunday

Vans Warped Stage[edit]

Reading Sunday
Leeds Monday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £80, day tickets £30.

Orgy were originally due to open the Main Stage Reading Sunday/Leeds Monday, but pulled out days before the event. Lit filled in their spot.

1998[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Dr. Martens Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Carlsberg Export Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
Vans Warped Stage Full Evolve Stage Big Beat Boutique

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £75, day tickets £30. Curve were originally due to play the Melody Maker stage on the Sunday but were replaced by Theaudience at short notice.

1997[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Dr. Martens Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Vans Warped Stage[edit]

Reading Friday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £70, day tickets £30.

1996[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

NME Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Dr. Martens Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
solar race

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £60

Despite being billed as headliners on the Friday night, Rage Against the Machine played their set before The Prodigy

1995[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Carlsberg Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Comedy Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1994[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Comedy Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Soundgarden were due to play but cancelled when Chris Cornell was diagnosed with polyps on his vocal cords.

1993[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Comedy Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
  • Frank Sidebottom
  • John Thomson
  • Simon Day
  • Mark Maler
  • Ian Cognito
  • John Mann
  • Logan Murray
  • John Maloney
  • Jenny LeCoat
  • Sean Med

1992[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Melody Maker Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Comedy Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday
  • Frank Sidebottom

etc.

  • The Doug Anthony Allstars

etc.

  • Frank Skinner

etc.

1991[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Mean Fiddler Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

etc.

etc.

etc.

Comedy Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

etc.

etc.

etc.

1990[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Mean Fiddler Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £35.00.

1989[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Mean Fiddler Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Weekend tickets cost £32.50.

1988[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[18] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1987[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[19] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1986[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[20] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1985[edit]

No festival held this year

1984[edit]

The 1984 Festival was cancelled when the Conservative Party took control of Reading Borough Council. The announced line-up was due to be:

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[21] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1983[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[22] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1982[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday[23] Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1981[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Thompson Twins, Midnight Oil, Outlaws, The Marshall Tucker Band and Alex Harvey Band were originally scheduled to play but cancelled. Stan Webb's Chicken Shack pulled out due to illness and were replaced at short notice by Atomic Rooster.

1980[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Angel City withdrew and were replaced by Grand Prix, Q-Tips also pulled out, being replaced by White Spirit. Gary Moore's G-Force were also originally scheduled to play but cancelled. Headboys (replaced by Quartz) and Ozzy Osbourne's Blizzard of Ozz (replaced by Slade) were also cancellations, while The Pencils pulled out at the last minute when all of their equipment was stolen the night before.

1979[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Thin Lizzy were originally scheduled to headline the Saturday but cancelled. After the Fire and The Ramones were also originally scheduled to play but cancelled.

1978[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1977[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

Frankie Miller, Widowmaker, Racing Cars, Blue, Tiger, and Hand Reef all made appearances, but their place on the lineup is unclear.

1976[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1975[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1974[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1973[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1972[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

1971[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Reading Friday Reading Saturday Reading Sunday

Notes[edit]

In 1971 the Festival moved to its permanent home at Little John's Farm on the south bank of the River Thames in Reading, a venue it has remained at ever since (with the exception of two years in the 1980s when the Festival was banned by the Conservative Party controlled Reading Borough Council).

1970[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Plumpton Thursday Plumpton Friday Plumpton Saturday Plumpton Sunday

Village Stage[edit]

Village Stage Saturday Village Stage Sunday

Notes[edit]

The 1970 Festival was a four-day event for the only time in its history, with a South of England Local Talent session in the main arena on the Thursday evening. A 'Village' stage was added on Saturday and Sunday running from later afternoon to mid-evening.

1969[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Plumpton Friday 8 August Plumpton Saturday 9 August Afternoon Plumpton Saturday 9 August Evening Plumpton Sunday 10 August Afternoon Plumpton Sunday 10 August Evening

1968[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Sunbury Friday 10 August Sunbury Saturday 11 August Sunbury Sunday 12 August

1967[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Windsor Friday 11 August Windsor Saturday 12 August Windsor Sunday 13 August

Marquee Stage[edit]

Windsor Saturday Windsor Sunday

Notes[edit]

The Pink Floyd pulled out on Saturday evening due to singer/guitarist Syd Barrett's health problems and were replaced by The Nice. The Nice also acted as backing band for P P Arnold.

A second "Marquee" stage was added on Saturday and Sunday evenings. Four bands played sets each night, three of which also appeared on the main stage on the same day.

1966[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Windsor Friday 29 July Windsor Saturday 30 July Windsor Sunday 31 July

Notes[edit]

The Festival moved to the larger Windsor Racecourse venue in 1966 after five years at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Cream were billed as 'Eric Clapton - Jack Bruce - Ginger Baker' as the band were still unnamed when promotional posters & advertising were printed.

1965[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Richmond Friday 6 August Richmond Saturday 7 August Richmond Sunday 8 August

1964[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Richmond Friday 7 August Richmond Saturday 8 August Richmond Sunday 9 August

Notes[edit]

The Festival expanded to three days with the addition of a rhythm & blues themed Friday evening session. The Sunday afternoon session featured the fourteen best jazz bands from a National Amateur Jazz Contest chosen from regional contests held nationwide.

1963[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Richmond Saturday 10 August Richmond Sunday 11 August

Notes[edit]

The third NJF Festival saw the first non-Jazz acts appear, notably the Rolling Stones and Long John Baldry on the Sunday afternoon.

The Sunday afternoon session featured the final heats of the National Amateur Jazz Contest featuring twelve jazz bands chosen from semi-finals held across Britain.

1962[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Richmond Saturday 28 July Richmond Sunday 29 July

1961[edit]

Main Stage[edit]

Richmond Saturday Richmond Sunday

Notes[edit]

The above 1961 acts are listed in alphabetical order not running order.

1956-1961[edit]

The NJF's predecessor was the Beaulieu Jazz Festival held at Beaulieu in Hampshire. 1956 and 1957 were one-day events and 1958 to 1961 were two-day weekenders (the 1958 Beaulieu Jazz Festival is widely considered to be Britain's first proper multi-day pop festival. Acts appearing included the following (though this an incomplete list for 1956-60):

1961 - Saturday: Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Anita O'Day; Joe Harriott Quintet; Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Hans Koller; Tubby Hayes Quartet; The Downbeat Big Band; Chris Barber's Jazz Band with Ottilie Patterson and Jimmy Cotton.

Sunday: Kenny Ball's Jazzmen; Terry Lightfoot and his New Orleans Jazzmen plus Jimmy Cotton; Mick Mulligan and his Band with George Melly; Bob Wallis and his Storyville Jazzmen; Bruce Turner's Band; Dick Charlesworth and his City Gents with Jackie Lynn; Fairweather-Brown Allstars; Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Anita O'Day; Allan Ganley-Keith Christie Jazzmakers; Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra with Hans Koller; The Vic Ash - Harry Klein Jazz Five; Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra.

1960 - Mr. Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band; Ian Menzies and The Clyde Valley Stompers; Memphis Slim; The Jazz Five, with Vic Ash; Harry Klein; Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra; Elaine Delmar; The Ronnie Scott Quintet, with Victor Feldman; The Dill Jones Trio; Little Brother Montgomery.

1959 - Ken Sykora, Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra, with Cleo Laine; Humphrey Lyttelton and his Band; The Avon Cities Jazz Band.

1958 - Alex Welsh and his Dixielanders

1957 -

1956 - Avon City Jazz Band

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