Reading & Leeds Rumours Round-Up - V.2

The latest rumours ahead of tonight's announcement

Reading & Leeds Rumours Round-Up - V.2

Photographer:Peter Corkhill

Chris Eustace - 12 March 2012

The rumours are flying around everywhere, and with a fake poster frenzy currently snarling up the servers at VF Towers, we've been hard at work sifting through them all to bring you the most credible ones.

No doubt there’ll still be some surprises (although we’re fairly certain that Miley Cyrus one was bollocks, sorry), but you can bet a load of these acts will be there.

The Big Guns

The Cure

Not even on the radar for the twin sites a couple of months back, rumours are snowballing that Robert Smith’s indie legends will top the bill, with possibly their only UK festival appearance of the year. Holy Moly are the latest to make the claim that they’ll be there.

Foo Fighters

Look much less like wishful thinking now, and more and more like a done deal. Dave Grohl’s oft-stated love of the festival means they're always in the running, and it’s been way too long since the Foos played it (although Dave did turn up to do a not-very-secret secret set in the NME tent with Them Crooked Vultures in 2009). If they’re going to do any UK festivals at all this year, it’ll be this one.


Another year of big festival slots for the Tom ‘n’ Serge roadshow beckons, and once it was clear they weren’t turning up for V’s Stone Roses/Noel G love-in, they were always going to be linked to R&L. A pretty safe bet to headline “indie day”.


Florence & The Machine

Another “not paying V, so...” shout, but a pretty good one if we do say so ourselves. Would work subbing either The Cure or Kasabian and will most likely do just that.

Bloc Party

We’ve had the hiatus, the “we’re auditioning for a new singer...not really” hoo-ha, but now there’s European festival dates confirmed, and a new album being recorded as we speak, all we need now are some UK dates. There’d be nowhere better than their spiritual home.   

Kaiser Chiefs

Rumours of their demise greatly exaggerated, t’Chiefs are set to play again, before Ricky Wilson goes off to tread the boards in the new War Of The Worlds musical in the autumn (this is not a joke!).

Two Door Cinema Club

3 years running?! Why not? A possible Radio 1/NME Stage headliner this time round. Maybe they’ll even have their second album out by August.

Mumford and Sons

If they play, it’s likely to be subbing Kasabian, and it'll most likely be their last UK appearance where they’re not headliners.

The Black Keys

Sold-out nights at Ally Pally + ‘El Camino’ racing up the charts = big slot at R&L.

At The Drive-In, Refused

The two big punk reformations ofthe year, have R&L got both of them? Fingers crossed.

Jack White

Making his festival comeback at Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend, a big debut solo album and the promise of White Stripes classics should net him a Main Stage spot, or even NME/Radio 1 Stage headliner status.

Returning Heroes

We reckon these R&L favourites will all be back:


New album and surely a reserved Main Stage spot on the way.

Tenacious D

Another rumour that looked unlikely a few weeks that now might just happen.

Dizzee Rascal

New material on the way and a surefire crowd pleaser.

The Vaccines, Bombay Bicycle Club

Both ready to step up to the Main Stage - surely BBC have played everywhere else at R & L now?!

The Cribs

The brothers Jarman are back, firing and set to make the NME Tent sweat.

Tribes, Foster The People

Should also both make the NME Stage after packing out the Festival Republic tent last year.

Other good bets: Maximo Park, Metronomy, Enter Shikari, Korn, Less Than Jake, All Time Low, Young Guns


All these acts either have, or will have, new albums out by August and could be considered likely to play:

The Subways

Blood Red Shoes

Sleigh Bells



The Drums

The Rapture

Band Of Skulls

Dancing The Night Away


Take your pick from:

Skrillex, Chase & Status

Headlining South West Four on 25th and 26th August respectively, but the rest of their weekends are free. Any ideas about what they could be doing?

In festival mode and would go down brilliantly.


His impressive DJ set last year made us want the full live experience this time round.

Other good shouts: DJ Shadow, Hot Chip and/or The 2 Bears, M83, Flux Pavillion, Miike Snow, Caribou, The Weeknd

Unlocking The Lock Up


Might be more likely to play the Main Stage, but what price following Jimmy Eat World and Frank Turner in doubling up on the Lock Up too?


Again, may make the Main Stageinstead, but Fat Mike and co. are sure to keep the punk kids happy wherever they play.

Plus we’ll see at least some of:

Bad Brains

Four Year Strong

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes


Chuck Ragan


Sonic Boom Six

The Skints

The Menzingers


Apologies, I Have None


New Blood

Some new(er) acts we reckon are set to appear:

Alabama Shakes

By the end of the summer, Brittany Howard's blues rockers will most likely be huge. Get in that tent nice and early is our advice.

Azealia Banks

Azealia might even make the NME Stage - an early afternoon spot maybe?


An early NME appearance or late afternoon Festival Republic slot would showcase 'America Give Up' brilliantly.

A$AP Rocky

One of hip-hop's brightest hopes could ram the Dance Tent, or NME, or Festival Republic...


Having already graced the BBC Introducing Stage, you'll probably catch them in the Festival Republic tent.


Dry The River

Our guest editors can show off their debut record high up on the Festival Republic tent's bill.

Pure Love

No doubt a huge crowd will turn up for ex-Gallows man Frank Carter's new band.


Fred and co. will be kicking off the mid-2000's revival early on the NME Stage or with a prime Festival Republic slot.

Also new for 2012: Theme Park, Friends, Alt-J, Zulu Winter, Dot Rotten, Django Django, The Cast Of Cheers

Not Happening

Green Day

Tipped for that third headline slot for ages, now it looks like they’ve gone off the idea. They’ve just gone into the studio to record a new album, having played some new songs at some recent low-key live dates. File under “maybe next year”.

Daft Punk


System Of A Down

Jay-Z & Kanye West

The Stone Roses

At V, so ruled out. Same goes for:

The Killers

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Reading Festival 2012 takes place in Richfield Avenue, Reading on 24-26 August.

Leeds Festival 2012 take place in Bramham Park, Wetherby, Leeds from 24-26 August.

Reading 2012 ticket prices and Leeds 2012 tickets are priced as follows:

£197.50 + £8 booking fee= £205.50 Weekend camping
£85 + £7 booking fee = £92 Day tickets
£15 early entry

Stay tuned to Virtual Festivals for the official Reading & Leeds 2012 line-up announcement and ticket links on Monday evening at 7:15pm.

So are you excited? Who are you hoping for? Still devastated about Miley Cyrus not playing, or wondering what rumour to start this year if the perennial "secret Foo Fighters show" ends up being a bit redundant? Let us know below, or via Twitter  Facebook.  


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