The countdown is now well and truly on for Reading and Leeds 2019, with less than a month to go until the gates open. Local groups have now been added to the bill from Leeds based Centre Stage and Futuresound competitions, where bands have the once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in a musical talent contest with the ultimate prize of a spot on the Reading and Leeds line up.

Atmosphere at BST Hyde Park 6th July 2017 (Simon Reed)

Crowd & Atmosphere (Simon Reed)

Since its initial launch by The Pigeon Detectives in 2009, Centre Stage has raised £250,000 for Martin House Children’s Hospice in its ten years and provided a platform for over 1000 young musicians to showcase their emerging talent. This year’s winners are Leeds punk band SCUM who will be performing on the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds 2019.

The prestigious Futuresound competition also returned this year, offering winners the coveted opening slot on the Lock Up Stage and 3 runners up the chance to perform on the BBC Introducing Stage. This year’s winners are Yorkshire rockers In Your Prime. Having battled it out against 30 other bands, they will play the Lock Up Stage alongside the likes of Bowling For Soup, The Maine, Pup, Laura Jane Grace & the Devouring Mothers and Dream State.

American Punk Band Bowling for Soup live at Alexandra Palace 10th November 2012 (Photographer Simon Jay)

American Punk Band Bowling For Soup  (Simon Jay)

Joining them over the bank holiday weekend and all performing on the BBC Introducing Stage will be runners up The Loose Cut, Fudge. and Leodis.

With Reading Festival now completely sold out and only limited Leeds Weekend and Day tickets still available, festival fans are urged to snap up tickets as soon as possible to catch unforgettable headline acts. This year’s line-up includes performances from The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Post Malone, and Foo Fighters as well as other huge names across the weekend including Billie Eilish, Bastille, Charli XCX, Dave, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Machine Gun Kelly, Pale Waves, and Royal Blood.

Mike Kerr and Ben Thatcher , Royal Blood (Lucy Kingsford)

Royal Blood (Lucy Kingsford)

With hundreds of incredible acts set to play, Reading & Leeds will again be THE festival weekend of the summer – defining and celebrating the sounds of ground-breaking modern music, as well as a world-class comedy line up.

Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters at www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com or via the official Reading & Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.

TICKET INFORMATION

General tickets on sale from www.readingandleedsfestival.com

Reading Festival COMPLETELY SOLD OUT!
Leeds Festival very limited day and weekend tickets available