Reading & Leeds Festivals 2013 - new stages, changes, first acts announced

Tina Hart
Reading Leeds Festivals

The Reading and Leeds Festivals will return on August 23 to August 25, 2013, with additional stages and changes to its musical offering, as the revelation of its first acts on the line up shows.

Dance, grime and hip hop will firmly feature amongst the eclectic festival line up for 2013, with the addition of a hip hop stage, the extension of the dance line up to three days. Additionally BBC Radio 1 will also be offering specialist shows focused on rock and dance.

Speaking of the changes, festival boss Melvin Benn explained: "This is a dynamic time for the festivals, not only do we have a fresh look for next year, but we are also adding to the fans’ experience of the festival with the introduction of more stages, different genres of music, including the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage dedicated to hip-hop and grime, and an increase in the numbers of artists playing across the weekend.

“I’m really thrilled about the additions we have planned and I’m committed to ensuring Reading & Leeds remain the highlight of the festival season for many years to come."

The first acts to perform across the Main, NME/Radio 1, BBC Radio 1 Dance and all-new BBC Radio 1Xtra stages include:

-        2013 Main Stages - Deftones who will be celebrating their 25th birthday at the event

-       Mercury Prize winners Alt-J will top the bill on the NME/Radio 1 Stage

-       The expanded Dance offering will feature Sub Focus on the all new BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage.

-       Wiley, JME and Skepta, will be bringing grime the event as they grace the new BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage with their first ever headline festival set.



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