Reading & Leeds Festival boss, Melvin Benn, has revealed that three of the six headliners for 2022’s edition have already been booked, per NME. Benn also hinted at what the possible line-up could be and discussed the trials and tribulations of hosting a festival in the Covid-19 age.
August bank holiday weekend saw the likes of Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Stormzy, Disclosure, Biffy Clyro and Catfish + The Bottlemen headline the iconic festival. Other stellar acts included Gerry Cinnamon, Beabadoobee, Yungblud, Girl In Red, AJ Tracey, Wolf Alice and Slowthai.
Benn has had a significant hand in organising live music’s return to the UK. Earlier this year, he organised the Covid-19 pilot events at Download Festival, Latitude and the historic Blossom’s Sefton Park show. The Festival Republic head honcho had revealed that he was relieved and convinced that Reading & Leeds was able to go ahead, safely allowing audiences to celebrate.
On the final day of Reading & Leeds he told NME: “Every Reading is very special to me,” he continued. “I suppose this one is more special because it’s the biggest festival in the world this year. It’s been five days of 105,000 people just having the time of their lives, seeing the bands that they adore, the bands that I adore.”
Benn carried on: “I’ll remember it as an incredible relief that we got through the pandemic in a way that allowed us to have Reading & Leeds festival because it is important.”
The highlight was of course the next admission, Benn revealed that “three of the six headliners are in place” for next year’s edition. Always one to move with the times, he expanded on this point admitting “some of them have guitars”. He concluded by saying that one of the acts had “definitely” headlined the festival before. So web sleuths, start investigating.
Watch Wolf Alice perform ‘Smile’, at Reading 2021, below.