With an incredible variety of genres and styles spread across the festival’s six stages, Leeds Festival is bursting with exciting names and defining sounds for 2017 and beyond. Already boasting a phenomenal line-up of indisputable headliners and the hottest voices in modern music, Leeds has announced even more names for this year’s festival, taking place between 25 – 27 August 2017 at Bramham Park, Leeds.
Rock‘n’roll legend and an unmistakable icon of music history, Liam Gallagher will be bringing his highly anticipated solo performance to Leeds in a UK Festival Exclusive. One of the most recognised figures in British music, his show will be an attitude filled performance fuelled with Oasis classics and tracks from his debut solo record.
Undeniable alt-rock sensations PVRIS will be laying out their marker for the year ahead at Leeds, as they return to the stage ahead of their long-awaited sophomore record: “We are incredibly grateful to be performing again at Leeds. Our first experience at the festival was phenomenal and took us completely by surprise. We are excited to see what comes from it this time around and perhaps even play some new tunes *wink wink*”
Long Beach trailblazer and Def Jam star, Vince Staples has become the definitive voice of rising hip-hop. Earning the respect of influential musical figures following his debut album Summertime 06, his eagerly awaited appearance at Leeds this summer is sure to be an unmissable coronation of future rap royalty.
From one generation to another, timeless drum and bass titan Goldie will make a very special stop at this year’s Leeds festival. A true innovator for a genre and a movement, Goldie transcends British culture, with classic LP Timeless still sounding as raw and captivating as it first did upon release in 1995. With a new album set for release, 2017 is the year Goldie returns with a bang, laid out in full colour at Leeds this summer.
With huge headline performances set from the likes of Kasabian, Eminem and Muse, even more names have been confirmed for their standout moment in the sun on that iconic Leeds Main Stage.
Along with the unmissable returns of Liam Gallagher and PVRIS, politically-charged garage rockers VANT will be making the step up, following on from a festival-stopping set on last year’s Festival Republic Stage. With debut album Dumb Blood radiating unstoppable hits, expect their performance at this year’s festival to be a journey into unfiltered riffs in full glory.
Grunge-tinged indie-pop pair Honeyblood will lay out tracks from second studio album Babes Never Die at the festival, while LA blues rock duo Deap Vally will be bringing Femejism to Leeds, and frenetic London quartet Judas head back to the Main Stage after their sensational last-minute slot at Leeds last year.
NME / RADIO ONE STAGE
Spilling with big names and rising favourites, including previously announced headliners You Me At Six, Flume, Halsey and Haim, the NME/Radio One Stage has announced even more stand-out sets over the weekend.
Monumental live performances will come from Mura Masa, the electronic maestro behind hits Love$ick and Firefly. The highly acclaimed producer and multi-instrumentalist will reign over Leeds with thundering beats and a set that promises to point towards one of the most exciting artists in the world.
Bass-giant Sub Focus is set to up the ante with an unmissable live set of eclectic dance, having released new material Lingua earlier this year.
Teenage singer-songwriter extraordinaire Declan McKenna is another new name on the bill who is most definitely primed for big things over the year ahead. Possessing a live show that lights up packed venues and TV screens wherever he goes, and with a debut album out this summer, Declan McKenna’s moment is here and Leeds is the place to be to witness it all.
Chicago’s The Orwells will be packing out their muscular riffs and catchy refrains for an unpredictable appearance this year, along with Marika Hackman, whose hotly tipped new album I’m Not Your Man is set to drop this summer, full of distinct melodies and a bolder new sound.
Brighton geek-rockers The Magic Gang, melancholy indie scuzz three piece Blaenavon and Australia’s psych-pop groovers Pond are also lined up for stunning moments over the weekend, while further additions King No-One, SG Lewis, Mutemath and X Ambassadors all add to making the NME/Radio One Stage a not to be missed musical destination throughout the festival.
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE
With headliners Bear’s Den, The Black Lips and The Hunna already primed for rapturous sets – the Festival Republic Stage is once again overflowing with future stars and acts possessing that special something that’ll take them to a whole new level.
These include renowned garage rock heroes Japandroids, who returned earlier this year with acclaimed new album Near To The Wild Heart Of Life packed full of the shout-along hooks that have packed venues across the globe.
90s guitar-riffers Ash are primed for a return to the festival with a catalogue of indisputable hits at their disposal, while the transcendent grooves of US ambient-electro force Cigarettes After Sex are sure to be a highlight of the festival weekend.
Dazzling with a who’s who of names destined to burst into record collections over the next 12 months, the stage will play host to the likes of Aussie dance-psych kings Jagwar Ma with their infectious cuts from latest LP Every Now & Then, trailblazing indie-noir heroes Black Honey, glacial electro swooner The Japanese House, all-encompassing cinematic dreamers Pumarosa, modern pop tilter Bishop Briggs and Danish eruptive-pop trio Off Bloom amongst others.
After releasing their acclaimed debut About U, MUNA will make their first appearance at the festival – promising a powerhouse show full of lush harmonies and potent pop perfection. They’ll be joined across the weekend by vibrant guitar-pop gang The Big Moon, sun-soaked pop prince Will Joseph Cook, US garage rock kickers The Districts, Dirty Hit two piece Superfood, Sydney duo Vallis Alps, distinct bassline pointer Cosima, blistering indie upstarts Paris Youth Foundation and the blues-fuelled highs of Ten Tonnes for landmark moments at every turn.
THE PIT/LOCK-UP STAGE
Bringing together the hottest names from every inch of the rock world, The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is set to play host to the most genre-defining sets of the weekend as Japanese leaders ONE OK ROCK, riotous live favourites Gnarwolves, riff masters Arcane Roots, high-octane lo-fi duo PWR BTTM and American heavyweights Breaking Benjamin will storm the coveted rock spotlight.
French electro-doom bringer Carpenter Brut, bass-heavy Bristol natives Turbowolf, and grime-punk new bloods Astroid Boys promise to redefine the very meaning of blistering festival performances, whilst Boston Manor, Defeater, VUKOVI, God Damn, WSTR, and Viagra Boys are destined to steal the stage with their raw punk behaviour.
In a seismic billing of alternative power, critically acclaimed Zeal & Ardor are set to bring anthemic black metal to the stage as hotly tipped acts Palisades and Casey reinforce the unapologetic intensity of The Pit/Lock-Up Stage. A monumental mix of fierce acts including Tigers Jaw, Big Jesus, Tired Lion, Culture Abuse, Muncie Girls, TIGERCUB, SLØTFACE, RavenEye, Freak and LIFE promise to take 2017 to another level.
BBC 1XTRA STAGE
Promising to be one of the most exciting stages of the weekend, the BBC 1Xtra Stage welcomes Manchester’s finest Bugzy Malone. The northern Grime wordsmith’s credentials remain unchallenged with genre-defining E.P’s Walk With Me and Facing Time entering the UK Album Chart Top Ten.
New additions today include London’s grime queen, Stefflon Don, explosive American rapper Vince Staples, the hotly tipped West London MC AJ Tracey, MOBO Award Winner Abra Cadabra, and one of America’s most exciting hip-hop artists and producers, Russ. Lord of The Mics legend, P Money will take to the BBC 1Xtra Stage, whilst Dante Jones and Drew Love appear as R&B success story, THEY.
Critically acclaimed Canadian DJ Lunice will be bringing his highly anticipated mix of hip-hop, breakbeat and trap to the festival alongside hip-hop polymath Akala, freestyle master Big Tobz and grime young blood Jaykae. In addition to these incredible names, Not3s, Bossman Birdie, A2, and Monster Florence also join the line-up, making for the most exciting BBC 1Xtra Stage billing to date.
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE
A gatekeeper to the most exciting music of the present day, Mistajam will take to the coveted stage alongside Brentford’s finest pirate radio DJ crew Kurupt FM, live beat-maker and multi-instrumentalist Jax Jones, and garage sound-system stars Heartless Crew.
With Delta Heavy, Monki, Charli XCX and Hospital Records’ own Metrik also confirmed for moments across the weekend, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will once again provide an exciting soundtrack to the bank holiday weekend.
Already soaked in unmistakable dance royalty, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundarypushers throughout the weekend, including seismic blending from South London’s prodigal beat maker Jacob Plant, garage pioneers Dreem Teem, homegrown house producer Kideko and a Fabric favourites B2B set from Loadstar and Matrix & Futurebound.
Leeds Festival 2017 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments for yet another unmissable year and wherever your music fancy takes you, you’ll surely be thoroughly entertained!