Reading Festival 2012 rumours round up

Welcome to the first round up of Reading Festival 2012 rumours and Leeds Festival 2012 rumours from across the web.

It’s that time of year when the headliners are booked, the organisers are remained purse-lipped and everybody and their dog has heard a host of festival rumours: “My mate knows their drum technician and they’re definitely playing…”

Instead of making you to do the legwork by browsing forums, meeting band managers down dark alleyways and rustling through Bloc Party’s bins, we’ve compiled the best Reading Festival rumours and Leeds Festival rumours all in one place.

The higher up the list the band appears, the more times they has been mentioned around the web. Where acts have been referenced an equal amount of times, they are ordered in suitability and the likelihood of them appearing. 

The official Reading 2012 line-up and Leeds 2012 line-up are expected to be confirmed in March, so keep checking Virtual Festivals for more information. Most fake line-up posters will be out about a week or two before.

The current Reading and Leeds 2012 rumours are as follows…

Hot Gossip

Foo Fighters
The most common rumour so far. It may have something to with drummer Taylor Hawkins blabbing this to The Daily Star: “We may play Reading in the summer next year, if we get through all of this run OK.” By all accounts they went down brilliantly everywhere they played in 2011.

The Killers
With an album in the works, a live return is likely too. They did the headlining honours last time they played, so expect them to take the same slot again if they’re confirmed.

With the debut album out for these VF Ones To Watch in 2012 and NME tour dates booked, they should already be practicing.

Azealia Banks
Another of VF’s Ones To Watch 2012 who has nabbed herself a NME tour slot, which usually translates to a Reading and Leeds show.

Educated Guesses

Bloc Party     
They must have been kidding when they said they were auditioning for new singers. Instead of staging a X Factor-style search for a replacement for Kele, they headed off the New York to record a new album. They could even step up to that elusive headlining slot.

Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons are a good shout. Their new album is sounding great and after their tent-fillin’ n spillin’ performance a few years back, they should now fit snuggly on the main stage.

Biffy Clyro        
The Scottish rockers say they’re going OTT on their next album, which they want to be a double one. Whether they muster it remains to be seen, but they already have the arsenal for an explosive main stage showing.

Florence and the Machine
She’s filled tents and festival fields all around the world and after her second LP probably filled the stockings of many happy kids this Christmas, the gates will be open for another bite of the Reading and Leeds cherry.

The Maccabees
Praise is being heaped on their new album and a slot on the main stage or in the NME/Radio 1 tent is likely to be their reward.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
It looks like it’s going to be a busy summer for the former Oasis man and he could, like his brother, make an end of summer stop at Reading and Leeds.

They played the BBC Introducing Stage last time around and with the album out come August, surely they’ll step up.

Theme Park
A new hope for 2012, the youngsters are in the running for the Festival Republic Stage.

Dry The River
Following a very busy year in 2012, Dry The River won’t get a respite once their album is out in March.

It’s going to be a big year for Skrillex and Reading and Leeds provides the perfect crossover date for the dubstep star.

The xx
If their second LP is done and dusted, they should be back to earn their salt after playing the Festival Republic stage a while back.

It would be good to see the masked future dance hero play his full live show this time around.

A Rough Trade signing and a VF One To Watch, it’s likely they’ll be there this summer.

Insider sources say the German rockers are playing festival dates this year and with the Download 2012 headliners signed up and Sonisphere probably not looking for a repeat booking, the show could suit the festival-goers who like things a little heavier.

Has it really been six years since Kasabian played Reading and Leeds? Surely it’s time for their first show here since 2005.

The Subways
Their new album has had a lot of Zane Lowe airplay and the group have honed their live show here many times before.

Another band with the golden NME Awards Tour handshake.

US and Australian are in the bag, maybe a Faith No More-style slot?

They’ve said they aren’t doing UK festivals, but still this rumour persists. Maybe they’re bluffing.


Death Cab For Cutie
Billy Talent
A$AP Rocky
The Big Pink
Zulu Winter
Green Day
Two Door Cinema Club
Franz Ferdinand
Noah And The Whale
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari

I Heard It Down The Pub

System of a Down
Tenacious D
The Darkness
Linkin Park
Ed Sheeran
The Gossip
Arctic Monkeys
Jay-Z & Kanye West