Reading and Leeds festival 2019: headliners
The Foo Fighters, The 1975, Post Malone and Twenty One Pilots are to open the Reading and Leeds festival, an event that occurs every August bank holiday and always attracts controversy. The festival takes place next August. Other names in the line up include Pale Waves, Blossoms and Bastille.
There is noticeably little sign of a female headliner despite bids from the organiser to improve their standings within the festival community as it has received substantial amounts of criticism for not representing the whole music scene. Only earlier this year, the boss of the event promised the BBC that he planned to "create a bigger pool of female acts" and he even vowed to give a minimum of 36 female artists one week's worth of studio recording time over the next 3 years. The organisers have pointed out that just under a third of their acts next year will be female and some major names are included such as Billie Eilish, Hayley Kiyoko and Stefflon Don - however, this does not match up to the 50/50 split that protesters were hoping for.
Festival Republic, who run Reading and Leeds festival, backed out of many promises given the past few years including a promise to boost drug screening. The discussion for this came after 2 people died at Mutiny Festival where ecstasy pills, which were over 3 times over the strength of the usual dosage, were circulating throughout the crowds. A record number of drugs were found at the Leeds festival last year with drugs such as MDMA and Ketamine being found.