reading leeds logoWith just over two weeks to go the final preparations are being made for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival.  Hundreds of acts are lined up to make 2011 one of the finest years at the best festival in the world.   With seven stages and countless extra activities running over the weekend everybody will need all their energy to see all the fantastic entertainment over the August Bank Holiday.


leeds readind_Mychemicalromanvephot3aWe are thrilled to welcome back Huw Stephens as our compere for the Main Stage at Reading Festival with Colin Murray and Gill Mills at Leeds, Mike Davies will oversee proceedings in the Lock Up Stage at Reading with Gazz Snowdon doing the honours at Leeds.   We have additions to The Alternative Stage at both sites and also the late night entertainment, with the full line up confirmed from Transgressive Records who take over The Alternative Stage at Leeds when the sun goes down; as well as the all new Relentless Energy Sessions Arena at Leeds.  At both sites we will also have the Silent Arena with DJs including Steve Lamacq, Bethan Elfyn & The Vinyl Vendettas, Huw Stephens, My Ex Boyfriends Records, Jen Long, Fingers and Thumbs (Reading) & the legendary Silent Arena DJs (Reading &Leeds).

Reading & Leeds Festival is held on 26th – 28th August 2011 at Little John’s Farm in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. The full line-up and further information can be found /



New names set to appear at Reading:

PAUL CHOWDHRY has distinguished himself as one of the most talented and popular comedians to have recently emerged, with the ability and diversity to effortlessly straddle the urban and main stand-up circuits as an international headline act. Constantly challenging and relentlessly inventive comedy fuels an eclectic set punctuated by impressive feats of mimicry and verbal dexterity. Paul’s highly charged dry observational humour taps into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain.

Co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle’s ‘Tramadol Nights’ on Channel Four, TOM STADE’s magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first class story-telling have now firmly established him as one of the most sought after performers on the UK and international circuit, On stage, he shares his off-beat world as he recounts his global adventures – often with a little help from inimitable sidekick Jimmy – and never fails to have his audience in stitches.

Full of passion and charisma, JARRED CHRISTMAS takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives, he been called “one of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” by Time Out.

A regular headliner at all Australian comedy venues and MC for the Friday at Reading,WAYNE DEAKIN has toured throughout the USA, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and the Isle of Man. As well as his solo Melbourne Comedy Festival shows, Deakin’s New York tours included consecutive nights at Caroline’s, New York’s premier comedy venue and headlining New York Improv. Performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival and doing a week as MC at the world famous Laff Trax in Las Vegas are current career highlights..until Reading that is!

Londoner MICHAEL FABBRI made his mark on the UK circuit by reaching the final of Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ Sharp and smart, his quick-witted technique catches his audience unaware but ensures they can’t help but laugh along with him, despite his honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects.

In his short comic career MIKE BUBBINS has already supported Rhod Gilbert on his sold out nationwide tour and brought his debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A finalist in the ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition, he has also become a regular guest comedian on BBC Radio Wales and won fans at some of the biggest comedy clubs across the UK. Festival-goers can see why when he takes the MC role on Sunday after gracing Leeds with his presence on the Friday.

New names added to the Leeds line-up include:

DAVE FULTON says he started comedy back when it was popular and profitable and decided to stay on past the point of when it wasn’t. He is opinionated, pulls the punches in his observations and yet has a laid back stage manner that disguises a raw aggression. Commenting on a varied melting pot of issues that sometimes even he doesn’t want to explore, this is un-missable comedy from one of the most dynamic and innovative comedians breaking on the comedy circuit at the moment.

Award-winning writer GORDON SOUTHERN has years of comedy experience under his belt and is one of the most sought after headline acts on the UK circuit. His upbeat delivery combined with his fantastically funny observational comedy and quick-witted improvisation has now secured his place as an audience favourite.

Not content with all the comedy and music on offer, there will be also be screenings of the acclaimed film KABOOM, a smart and sexy apocalyptic comedy from cult director Gregg Araki Stylish; wickedly funny and featuring a hot young cast, KABOOM has been described by Rolling Stone as “an erotic blast of sinful flesh, fun and fantasy that you don’t want to stop”. Written and directed by Morgan Spurlock, of Supersize Me fame, THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD is a documentary about branding, advertising and product placement that is financed and made possible by brands, advertising and product placement.

At both Reading & Leeds, the short films MIXTAPE and DISCO will be shown from multi-award winning writer/director Luke Snellin. MIXTAPE follows Ben who spends his time listening to his Dad’s old 70’s vinyl and making mixtapes on an old double deck tape recorder. to try and woo the girl next door, Lily, the girl of his dreams.  DISCO is set in the English summer of 1997, Oasis reach number one with ‘D’you Know What I Mean’. Tony Blair has moved his stuff in to Downing Street. Meanwhile Danny is trying to tell a girl named Pippa that he likes her. On this Friday we follow Danny through mis-communication, gossip, chinese whispers and a love triangle between Danny, Pippa and his best friend Greg.

At Leeds, the party runs into the night with our friends at Transgressive Records


For 2011, Transgressive’s fifth year in presenting artists, visuals and DJs at Leeds Festival, Transgressive’s booking power extends from our traditional Sunday ‘closing night’ slot, to also incorporating an additional evening of programming on Saturday night.

Saturday will showcase some of our generation’s most exciting and quality songwriters, in the form of Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit (exclusive live set), Pete and the Pirates, and the hotly tipped Dry the River.

Sunday will incorporate more challenging and diverse electronica-tinged themes, with exclusive sets from all of SBTRKT (live), Gold Panda (live), Becoming Real (live), and Three Trapped Tigers (live).

More surprises to be added on the nights themselves.


  8.45pm -   9.15pm:   Transgressive DJ’s

  9.15pm -   9.50pm:   DRY THE RIVER (LIVE)

  9.50pm – 10.20pm:   Rockfeedback DJ’s

10.20pm – 11.00pm:   PETE AND THE PIRATES (LIVE)

11.00pm – 11.30pm:   Transgressive & paradYse DJ’s





  8.45pm -   9.15pm:   Rockfeedback DJ’s

  9.15pm -   9.50pm:   THREE TRAPPED TIGERS (LIVE)

  9.50pm – 10.15pm:   Transgressive & paradYse DJ’s

10.15pm – 11.00pm:   GOLD PANDA (LIVE)

11.00pm – 11.30pm:   BECOMING REAL (LIVE / DJ set)

11.30pm – 12.15am:   SBTRKT (LIVE)



At Leeds only, Relentless will be showcasing their new for 2011 Relentless Energy Sessions Arena in the village with late night DJ’s over four days from 10pm – 3am.

Thursday:                                          Friday :

Goldie Rocks                                      Plastic Thumbs

Plastic Thumbs                                   Duke

Grooverider                                         DJ Fresh

Saturday:                                           Sunday:

Ben Casey                                          Plastic Thumbs

Plastic Thumbs                                   Ben Casey


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Fri 26 Reading / Sat 27 Leeds Sat 27 Reading / Sun 28 Leeds Sun 28 Reading/ Fri 26 Leeds

Main Stage

My Chemical Romance The Strokes Muse

Thirty Seconds to Mars Pulp Elbow

The Offspring The National Interpol

Deftones Jimmy Eat World Friendly Fires

Rise Against Madness Enter Shikari

Bring Me the Horizon Two Door Cinema Club The View

New Found Glory Seasick Steve Frank Turner

The Blackout The Pigeon Detectives Taking Back Sunday

Architects The Joy Formidable We Are The Ocean

NME/R1 Stage


Beady Eye Jane’s Addiction 2manydjs

White Lies Crystal Castles The Streets

Noah and the Whale Bombay Bicycle Club Death From Above 1979

The Vaccines Glassjaw Panic! At the Disco

Metronomy Everything Everything Warpaint

Patrick Wolf The Kills Chapel Club

The Naked and Famous OFWGKTA Cage The Elephant

Mona Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Best Coast

Miles Kane Yuck Fucked Up

Frankie and the Heartstrings Funeral Party Dananananaykroyd

Pulled Apart By Horses


UNKLE Sounds The Mighty Mighty Bosstones Descendents

Simian Mobile Disco (Live) King Blues Flogging Molly

Sub Focus (live) The Bronx special guests

Nero (DJ set) Capdown Face to Face

SBTRKT (DJ set) Leftover Crack Hot Water Music

Devlin Comeback Kid Bedouin Soundclash

Crystal Fighters Boysetsfire Off!

Mount Kimbie Street Dogs The Black Pacific

Does It Offend You, Yeah letlive. The Menzingers

Cold Cave Teenage Bottlerocket Your Demise

D/R/U/G/S Title Fight Spy Catcher

Sharks Fighting Fiction

Henry_Rollins-1a-cropMark Thomasnew comedy additions to the leeds festival unveiled

Henry Rollins * Lee Nelson * Mark Thomas * Russell Kate * Tim Minchin * Abandoman * Al Pitcher*

Andrew O’Neill * Brigitte Aphrodite * Craig Campbell * Danny McLoughlin (MC) * Daniel Sloss

Dave Fulton * Dave Twentyman (MC) * Dead Cat Bounce * Disco (film) * Dizraeli * Doc Brown

Dry The River * Future Cinema with Guillemots * Future Disco * Gar Murran * Goldierocks *

Gordon Southern * The Greatest Movie Ever Sold (film) * Jarred Christmas * Jimmy McGhie * Johnny Flynn and the Sussex Wit * Josh Widdicombe * Kaboom (film) * Late Night Gimp Fight

Mark Watson * Marlon Davis * Michael Fabbri * Mike Bubbins (MC) * Mixtape (film)

Nirvana 92 Live at Reading (film) * Paul Chowdhry * Pete and the Pirates * PJ Harvey Shorts (film) Popcorn Comedy * Rob Rouse * Roisin Conaty * Saul Williams * Seann Walsh * Stephen Grant (MC) Stephen Williams * Steve Hughes * The Petebox * The Rubberbandits * Tom Deacon * Tom Stade * Tom Wrigglesworth * Transgressive Records * Wayne Deakin


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The Horrors The Midnight Beast Peter Doherty

Digitalism Rival Schools Viva Brother

Tom Vek And So I Watch You From Afar Ed Sheeran

White Denim Little Roy Young Legionnaire

Anna Calvi Smith Westerns CocknBullKid

The Antlers Cloud Control Twin Atlantic

Foster The People Cults Fight Like Apes

Cerebral Ballzy Mariarchi El Bronx Benjamin Francis Leftwich

Dry The River Grouplove Little Comets

Royal Bangs Tribes Dutch Uncles

The Computers Big Deal Nightbox

Islet Young The Giant Flats

Mini Mansions She Keeps Bees Romance

Cherri Bomb Yellowire Our Fold

The Coopers


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A Genuine Freakshow * Anguish Sandwich * Arthur Rigby And The Baskervylles

Black Diamond Bay * The Bronze Medal * Castrovalva * Circles * Clock Opera

Courage Have Courage * Cuba Cuba * Daughter * Discopolis * Don Broco * Fixers

Funeral Suits * General Fiasco * Ham Sandwich * Heart-Ships * The Kill Van Kulls

Kirk Spencer * The Mexanines * Milk Maid * Murkage * The Minutes * The Original Rude Boys Rae Morris * Rainy Boy Sleep * Rizzle Kicks * Sam Sure & Giacomo * Save Your Breath

The Simon Pollard Band * Spector * These Furrows * This Boy Wonders

Tomahawks For Targets * The Winchell Riot * Bugs In The Attic

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