Reading and Leeds Festivals today announce an additional 27 artists confirmed to play the BBC Introducing Stage at the bank holiday extravaganza. In addition to this, the line-up for Leeds’ late night party stage Anachronica has also been revealed.
The BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds plays a crucial role in propelling UK acts to new heights. Over half of the 2023 lineup, including Yard Act, Bilk, The Snuts, Georgia, The Amazons, Don Broco, and Easy Life, have risen from the Introducing Stage with monumental slots and support from the platform on their journeys. The stage has also previously witnessed jaw-dropping surprise sets from superstars like Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Loyle Carner and many more. It’s a must-stop for fans embarking on a musical exploration, where they might discover the next big star or experience a once-in-a-lifetime surprise from a huge artist.
Promising unforgettable performances from the most influential and exciting names in indie, alternative, hip-hop and dance, the three-day festival takes place on 25-27 August 2023, returning to Reading’s famous Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ legendary Bramham Park. Tickets are on sale now, via www.readingfestival.com/tickets and www.leedsfestival.com/tickets.
Joining headliners Sam Fender, The Killers, Billie Eilish, Foals, and Imagine Dragons in a stage line-up curated by the BBC Introducing team are some of the hottest new names in music. Having long championed underground artists via local radio and exhilarating live events, the ever exciting BBC Introducing Stage will feature a variety of acts from the vibrant indie breakout girl band HotWax to the explosive nu-metal influenced bars of ALT BLK ERA. There is a wide variety of artists across different genres for everyone to enjoy at the 2023 instalment of the festival, and with 15 of the already announced artists having come through the BBC Introducing portal, including Arlo Parks, Declan McKenna, Mimi Webb and Wet Leg, a chance for festival goers to catch future stars.
Joining HotWax and ALT BLK ERA on the BBC Introducing Stage over the long weekend will be Ivor Novello nominated folk-pop artist Matilda Mann and Reading-local indie pop quartet Only The Poets.They are joined by spoken word indie hip-hop artist Antony Szmierek, Leeds indie-rock four-piece L’Objectif, London-based hip-hop-punk trio Frozemode, coming-of-age alternative rock band Lucia & The Best Boys, exciting UK grime artist TS Lagga, D&B influenced indie-pop eclecticist CharlottePlank and the exciting pop meets electronica project of Jeana Healy, VIDDY.
Further added to the line-up are the riotous all-female Bristol punk trio Grandmas House, the soft-spoken bedroom pop maker Lexie Carroll, hip-hop soul artist Native James, the empowering R&B artist Pritt,punchy punk-rap fuser Blazer Boccle, groovy psychedelic popstar Pixey,and Belfast-based punk-techno trio Chalk.
Rounding out the latest list of BBC Introducing acts are the Mancunian psychedelic garage-rock five-piece The Goa Express, Chloé Davis’ self-produced pop project TWST, the nineties-driven pop-punk of Hannah Grae, ambient alt-pop artist Beaux, country meets pop-punk TikTok breakout star Bella Mae, Cornish alternative folk rock band Haunt The Woods, alt-poppers Cole Bleu, eclectic bedroom pop artist Frankie Beetlestone and soulful lo-fi artist ADMT.
Also announced are Glaswegian modern metal band Anchor Lane and exclusive to Reading Festival, the fully-fledged popstar Khazali.
Exclusive to Leeds, the Anachronica stage is focusing on all things at the forefront of UK dance music. Part of the late-night events at Leeds Festival, the stage highlights DJs pioneering in jungle, garage and dubstep, with each stepping up bravely into Anachronica’s world. Included on the line-up will be rapper and DJ Bakey, Leeds based vinyl spinnersBP, award-winning DJ, broadcaster and radio producer DJ Flight, Afrobeat, House and Funk DJ Dr Dubplate, UK Bass and acid house pusher FELIXCW, jazz influenced dance DJ Reo, dub king SILVA BUMPA, Leeds based DJ and radio host Tañ and rave-garage lovers Y U QT. Each DJ will provide the soundtrack into the early morning at Leeds for those who like to rave.
With just two and a half months to go until the celebrated festival’s gates open in both Bramham Park and Richfield Avenue, this latest announcement reinforces Reading and Leeds Festivals as some of the most diverse and exciting festivals in the UK. The rite-of-passage festival continues to prove its significance to both local music scenes and worldwide touring artists.
With hundreds of thrilling acts set to play, Reading & Leeds is set to return as the ultimate festival weekend of the summer – defining and celebrating the sounds of modern ground-breaking music, as well as boasting a world-class comedy line-up.