By Lydia Clayton
As Britain’s biggest rock festival returns to end the summer with a bang, some of you may have noticed a slight change. Reading and Leeds has been one of the most anticipated festivals every year since 1971, hosting some of the biggest names in music over the last 30 years, from old favourites like Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses and Oasis; to newer acts such as The Arctic Monkeys, Linkin Park and The Killers.
However this year’s line-up has received a mixed response from both critics and regular revelers. After 2012 being dubbed the worst year in recent memory, the team at Festival Republic decided that 2013 had to signify a new start for the festival.
So this year there are some changes to look out for. Two new stages have been introduced – the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage and the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage. As Reading is commonly known for its prominent rock acts, these stages hope to attract an alternative clientele.
Fitting with this theme is the unlikely selection forming the line-up. Eminem was confirmed late last year as a headliner, and we have recently heard that Green Day and Biffy Clyro will be joining him with top billing. City and Colour, Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy will act as support, whilst Chase and Status, Devlin, Wiley and Knife Party make their Reading and Leeds debuts.
Tickets went on sale Monday evening and unsurprisingly there has been a price increase – a weekend ticket will now set you back £202 and a day ticket will cost £90.