Reading and Leeds 2023: Billie Eilish, The Killers and Lewis Capaldi headline

Billie Eilish is composing a stellar lineup for Reading and Leeds in 2023 (Photo: Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Coachella)

Reading and Leeds 2023 is looking very good indeed!

Big names have been announced as part of the lineup, and Billie Eilish is set to become the youngest solo artist to headline festivals next year.

The American star, 20, will headline alongside The Killers, Lewis CapaldiSam Fender, Foals and Imagine Dragons.

Tickets for the three-day sister events, which run August 25-27, go on sale at 9 a.m. Monday and more acts will be announced.

Billie will return after drawing one of the biggest crowds the festival has seen in 2019.

Meanwhile, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis, whose second album Broken By Desire To Be Heavenly Sent is due out next year, is making his headlining debut at the festival.

Lewis Capaldi buzzes back on stage (Photo: Rich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartRadio)

The Forget Me hitmaker, 26, said he was ‘so, so excited’ to take the stage at the annual music extravaganza.

“Unbelievable that the last time I played was in front of a small crowd in 2018. I can’t wait to see you all next year,” added Lewis.

Brit Award winner Sam, 28, will headline after attending the festival as a teenager, so it’s a real loophole moment for him.

He said: “I first went to Leeds Festival with Dean when we were teenagers.

“We had a crazy time, a rite of passage. Ten years later, we are headlining.

Sam Fender will have a real moment on stage after attending the festival as a teenager (Photo: Sachin Jethwa/Shutterstock)
The foals are sure to bring the energy (Photo: David Wolff-Patrick/Redferns)

He promised to set up an “intergalactic” set, and we have no doubt that he will keep his promises.

The Oxfordshire band will also return to headlining for the first time since 2016, with frontman Yannis Philippakis saying he is “so excited”.

He added that the band will “never forget” the “rush” of playing Leeds in absolute pouring rain in 2016, a show they describe as “our most intense ever”.

The star also recalled ‘throwing’ himself headfirst into the Reading crowd in 2008, feeling ‘possessed’.

“We’ve always had an amazing, wild time playing here, one of the biggest festivals in the world.

Tickets for the three-day events will go on sale at 9am on Monday (Picture: PA)

“It’s so special to be given a title spot and we’re going to rock it. Oh, and we might throw in a surprise or two. See you in the pit,” the group teased.

But that’s not all, as the lineup also includes indie and rock bands Wet Leg, Declan McKenna and Inhaler alongside rappers Slowthai, Tion Wayne, Trippie Redd and Central Cee.

Dance music will be there with Becky Hill, Bicep Live and MK.

Elsewhere there will be sets from Scottish rockers The Snuts, drum and bass band Shy FX and chart-topping band You Me At Six.

Melvin Benn, managing director of organizers Festival Republic, hailed the six headline artists as “epic” and called the lineup “incredible” and “genre-defying”, featuring “some of the best in modern music. “.

“Once again Reading and Leeds are set to be the ultimate Bank Holiday festival weekend – we can’t wait to be back!”

The three-day festivals return to their usual venues – Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park in Leeds.

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