Radiohead playing Reading and Leeds
Viagogo to handle secondary ticketing at festsRadiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Kings of Leon have been confirmed as the headline acts at the U.K.'s twinned Reading and Leeds Festivals.
The festivals will held at Little Johns Farm, Reading and Bramham Park, Leeds, over England's August Bank Holiday weekend (Aug. 28-Aug. 30).
Other bands confirmed for the two shows include Kaiser Chiefs, the Prodigy, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Vampire Weekend, Placebo, Fall Out Boy, Bloc Party, Deftones, Funeral for a Friend, Maximo Park, Ian Brown, Friendly Fires, Gallows, the Courteeners, White Lies, Gossip, Florence and the Machine and Glasvegas.
The big news, however, is Radiohead making its debut headline performance at Reading and Leeds Festival. The shows will be Radiohead's only U.K. festival appearance of 2009. The Oxford-based band last played Reading Festival in 1994 and will perform at Leeds on Saturday Aug. 29 then close the Reading leg of the festival the following night.
King of Leon's headline appearances on Friday Aug. 28 at Reading and Sunday Aug. 30 in Leeds also mark the band's only English festival dates and will form their final U.K. shows of 2009.
Arctic Monkeys headline slot, meanwhile, will be the band's first U.K. live dates since December 2007. The band headlines Leeds on Friday Aug. 28 and Reading the following night.
To combat scapling, festival organizers Festival Republic also announced Monday that they have signed a deal with secondary ticketing company Viagogo to become the official secondary ticketing and ticket exchange partner of the Reading, Leeds and Latitude Festivals. The Latitude festival in Southwold, Suffolk, with headliners Pet Shop Boys, Grace Jones and Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds takes place July 16-19.
Marking the first time that a major music festival has signed a partnership with a secondary ticketing partner, Viagogo will allow fans to legitimately buy and sell tickets in a secure online environment. A physical pick-up point will also exist at the Leeds and Latitude festival sites and Reading town center to allow fans to personally collect their tickets.