Reading & Leeds reveal date of 2022 line-up announcement

Reading & Leeds has confirmed that the first line-up announcement for 2022 will come next week.

The dual event will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28), with R&L boss Melvin Benn previously telling NME that “three of next year’s six headliners are in place”.

As speculation continues to grow, organisers have revealed today (December 3) that the first wave of names will be unveiled on Wednesday (December 8). It comes ahead of a general ticket sale the following Friday (December 10).


Before that, fans have a “final chance to purchase [the] last few remaining First Release tickets” ahead of a price increase. You can see the official update below.

Speaking to NME in August about the headliners booked for 2022, Melvin Benn teased that “some of them have guitars” and said only one of them has topped the bill before.

Rumours of a possible return for Arctic Monkeys ramped up recently after the band confirmed a run of European festival dates alongside their own headline shows. Notably, AM are currently free between August 26 and September 1 – paving the way for a potential R&L slot.

When asked if Alex Turner and co. could feature on the line-up next year, Benn told NME: “Arctic Monkeys are a law unto themselves and when they decide next to play live is beyond me, if I’m honest.”

Biffy Clyro live at Reading 2021. Credit: Andy Ford for NME
Biffy Clyro live at Reading 2021. Credit: Andy Ford for NME

The group are primed to release a new album – the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino’ – in the new year, with drummer Matt Helders recently revealing that it was “pretty much” finished.

Benn also spoke about whether US acts such Queens Of The Stone Age and Machine Gun Kelly could return in 2022. (They were both booked for this year but pulled out due to COVID travel restrictions).

“As you’ve seen from 2020 into this year, we don’t just rebook acts for the sake of it,” he told NME. “What we want to do is book a relevant festival every year, and not just rebook the acts who have cancelled.”

Reading & Leeds 2021 was headlined by Liam GallagherPost MaloneStormzyDisclosureBiffy Clyro and Catfish + The Bottlemen. Elsewhere, there were performances from the likes of Wolf AliceGerry CinnamonSigrid and Baebadoobee.

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Gorillaz, AJ Tracey, Girl In Red and more added to Øya Festival 2022 line-up

Gorillaz, AJ Tracey and Girl In Red are among a host of new names added to next year’s Øya Festival in Norway.

They join First Aid Kit, Nubya Garcia, Margo Price, Sons Of Kemet, Kamaal Williams, Arif, Signe Marie Rusad, Myra, Karama, and Skarbø Skulekorps in the freshest set of additions.

The festival, which runs between August 9 and 13, is so far set to be headlined by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds on the Thursday (11) and Aurora on the Saturday (13).


Michael Kiwanuka, Pa Salieu, Bikini Kill and Beabadoobee were also previously confirmed to play the festival, which is held at Oslo’s Tøyenparken.

Øya was nominated in the Best Small Festival category at the NME Awards 2020. In a five-star review of the event’s 2019 editionNME’s Andrew Trendell wrote: “It’s clean, it’s green, it’s chilled, it’s inclusive — and it all adds up to an infectious vibe […] This is what all festivals could be like.”

Headliner Aurora, meanwhile, recently previewed her upcoming new album with the track ‘Giving In To The Love’. It follows ‘Cure For Me’, which arrived over the summer.

Speaking to NME in July, the artist revealed that ‘The Gods We Can Touch’ (out January 21) wouldn’t be dealing in “doom, gloom, COVID and horror”, but would instead be “more playful and fun” while still “representing a lot of things that bother me with society and our history”.

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Sum 41, Dropkick Murphys and more join Slam Dunk line-up as Rancid pull out

Sum 41 and Dropkick Murphys are among the names that have been added to the line-up for next year’s Slam Dunk Festival.

The North edition of the event, held at Temple Newsam in Leeds will take place on June 3, 2022, while Slam Dunk South in Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire will take place a day later on June 4.

Today (November 30), festival organisers announced that previously confirmed headliners Rancid will no longer be performing, and that Sum 41 and Dropkick Murphys will top the bill alongside Alexisonfire, who were announced as headliners back in September.


Other names added to the Slam Dunk line-up today include: The Interrupters, KennyHoopla, Pennywise, Pinkshift, Deaf Havana, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Knuckle Puck, MOD SUN, Hot Mulligan, Eskimo Call Boy, Yours Truly and Beauty School.

They will join previously announced acts The Used, The Wonder Years, Motion City Soundtrack, Hot Milk and Meet Me @ The Altar.

“After the nightmare past two years and the insane blow to the live/creative industry, words cannot describe how excited I am to play shows again, and even more so knowing that it’s Slam Dunk,” Deaf Havana’s James Veck-Gilodi said in a statement.

“This festival has been a place where I have always had a good time, but most importantly been to and played some of the most fun shows of my life. There are always a huge amount of friends there and I can’t wait to come back with a new, more focussed mindset.”

Pinkshift’s Paul Vallejo added: “Incredibly honoured to be a part of such an incredible line-up full of bands we’ve looked up to for years! Unbelievable that our first time in the UK will be because of our music and the support we’ve gotten from across the pond – we’re forever grateful. Can’t wait to play for you all – see you next summer!”


For more information and to buy tickets for Slam Dunk Festival, visit the festival’s official website.

The dual event returned in September after its 2020 edition was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. McFly performed surprise sets at both sites.

The pop-rock group – consisting of Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Harry Judd and Dougie Poynter – surprised fans at both the northern and southern leg of the event, which took place on September 4 and September 5 respectively.

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Lorde, Hot Chip and Bicep announced for Forbidden Fruit 2022

Lorde, Hot Chip, Bicep and more have been announced as part of the line-up for next year’s Forbidden Fruit festival in Dublin.

The festival, which will take place at Dublin’s Royal Hospital Kilmainham on June 4 and 5, 2022, also boasts the likes of Peggy Gou, The Avalanches, Chet Faker and Princess Nokia, with more acts to be announced. Find the first-round artist announcement below.

Tickets for the weekend event go on general sale at 8am GMT on December 2, available through Stereoboard.


Forbidden Fruits had been cancelled in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Earlier this month, headliner Lorde released two new songs, ‘Hold No Grudge’ and ‘Helen of Troy’, dropped from the deluxe version of her latest album, ‘Solar Power’.

Upon its release in August, NME gave ‘Solar Power’ a five-star review, saying with the release of the New Zeland artist’s third studio offering, Lorde had crafted “yet another world-beater”.

“This is an album that grows in quiet stature with every listen, new nuggets of wisdom making their way to the surface.”

Forbidden Fruits Festival artist line-up is (in alphabetical order):

Aby Coulibaly
The Avalanches
Biig Piig
Chet Faker
Floating Points
Franky Wah
Gemma Dunleavy
Hot Chip
Jayda G
Peggy Gou
Pip Millett
Princess Nokia
Tom Misch

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Calvin Harris and David Guetta to headline inaugural Creamfields South

Creamfields South has announced the first wave of acts for next year’s event, including headliners David Guetta and Calvin Harris.

The inaugural dance festival will take place at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex between June 2 and June 4, 2022. Tickets go on general sale here at 9am GMT next Tuesday (November 30).

Organisers have now confirmed that Guetta and Harris will top the bill on the Friday (June 3) and Saturday (4) respectively.


Also part of the “phase one” line-up are Fatboy Slim, Deadmau5, CamelPhat, Becky Hill, Amelie Lens, Carl Cox, Jamie Jones and Charlotte De Witte. More names are expected in the coming months.

You can check out the announcement post and trailer below.

Those hoping to attend Creamfields South next summer are required to sign up to be in with a chance of bagging tickets. Earlier this week, organisers said that over 110,000 people had already registered.

“That’s over twice the capacity of the show – a definite sell out,” they wrote. “Make sure you’ve signed up to avoid disappointment.”


The spin-off event will take place in addition to the regular Creamfields, which is traditionally held over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Next year marks the 25th anniversary of the festival.

The 2021 edition of Creamfields saw performances from the likes of Chemical Brothers, Chase And Status and Tiesto.

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