BIG potential headliners for Reading & Leeds 2018

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With the emergence of grime as a serious force on this year's two main stages, and the introduction of the co-headline slot for the third time in 2016, we believe that Reading & Leeds are about to take things even further in 2018.

Here is our list of serious headliner contenders for 2018 - one or two of these might raise some eyebrows!

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BRING ME THE HORIZON


Bring Me The Horizon Reading And Leeds 2018

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This band has been climbing the U.K. festival ranks for years now. We think 2018 is the year they could secure a co-headline, or even headline slot. With rumours of a new album in 2018 circulating, Bring Me The Horizon's younger audience demographic and extremely diverse back catalogue MUST be a draw for the Reading & Leeds organisers. They're awesome live shows only add to our suspicions.

Reading & Leeds pioneered the co-headline slot in 2011 and this could be perfect for a band like Bring Me The Horizon to secure status as one of the UK's top live acts. 

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ARCTIC MONKEYS

Arctic Monkeys Reading And Leeds 2018

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The Monkeys are no strangers to Reading & Leeds, and 2018 could be the year they make their return with their sixth studio album, according to reports. It will be 5 years on from AM, their latest record. 

This would place them perfectly to return to Reading & Leeds - however, maybe it's too soon after their last headline set in 2014. 


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ROYAL BLOOD

Royal Blood Reading And Leeds 2018

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Mike and Ben are the rising stars of the rock n' roll scene. Their debut album was an absolute stormer, and the jump on the bill from 2014 to 2015 could be foreshadowing of a similar jump to a co-headline slot this year, perhaps with a band like the aforementioned BMTH.

Their new album, How Did We Get So Dark?, has been received well by critics and they'll do the UK arena circuit in November. With a hip-hop influenced track on the album, they could also co-headline the bill with...

KENDRICK LAMAR

Kendrick Lamar Reading And Leeds 2018

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Coachella down. North American tour almost over. Next year we expect Kendrick to bring the new album Damn. to Reading & Leeds. After his sub slot before The Libertines in 2015 went down a storm, it's a certainty that the next time Kendrick visits the festival, it'll be as a headliner.

And next year would be the perfect time to make it happen. 

STORMZY

Stormzy Reading And Leeds 2018

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Grime has stolen the show at Reading & Leeds in recent years and we think we'll see the genre fully integrated to the main stage next year, especially after seeing the crowd that Giggs drew this year.

Stormzy and co. will surely move up the bill and we think the man has enough appeal to co-headline the bill, after his successful UK academy circuit in support of Gang Signs and Prayer. 

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

Queens Of The Stone Age Reading And Leeds 2018

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Foals. Green Day. Jamie T. Will Queens of the Stone Age join this list of bands that have played a secret set at the festival one year, only to return to the main stage the next?

It would make sense - their brand new album 'Villains' has been received extremely well and they're a great friend of the festival. This is definitely a strong possibility. 

FOO FIGHTERS

Foo Fighters Reading And Leeds 2018

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The Foos have played the festival a record 6 times, and have been around forever. Could next year make it 7? Album number nine Concrete & Gold is scheduled for release next month, from which we've already heard a number of tracks.

Another UK stadium tour will surely be announced, but with the frequency of their visits to the UK, it seems unlikely that Reading & Leeds organisers would book them again, perhaps preferring an up-and-coming band or co-headline duo. 

KANYE WEST

Kanye West Reading And Leeds 2018

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Yep, we think this could totally happen and the publicity it would generate would be enormous. A Kanye West headline slot would signify the landing of hip-hop onto the Reading & Leeds bill. Hip-hop acts, previously pushed down to the lower stages, continue to impress on the main stage at Reading & Leeds and now we've come to expect them.

Two recent Eminem headline slots have conveniently been used as a gateway for more hip-hop artists to take to the main stage - clever, given that Eminem has plenty of appeal towards indie and hard rock fans. However, the likes of Macklemore, Kendrick Lamar, A$AP Rocky, Boy Better Know and Giggs target a different audience.

Kanye, perhaps the biggest hip-hop icon in the world, would be a statement that the genre is here to stay on Reading & Leeds' main stage, which has historically been reserved for hard rock and indie bands. 

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