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WITH LESS THAN 100 DAYS TO GO; READING & LEEDS LAUNCHES NEW STAGE & NEW ACTS

21st May 2024

WITH LESS THAN 100 DAYS TO GO; READING & LEEDS LAUNCHES THE AUX, 

A FIRST OF ITS KIND LIVE STAGE FOR THE UK’S PIONEERING DIGITAL CREATORS 

MAX BALEGDE & GEORGE CLARKE // ANTICS WITH ASH

AYAMÉ PONDER // M1PODCAST //

PLUS MORE TBA

READING & LEEDS TO LAUNCH NEW PLATFORM FOR INTIMATE SHOWS ON THE AUX 

Dates: 21 – 25 August 2024
Tickets on sale now
www.readingandleedsfestival.com/

Today Rockstar Energy presents Reading and Leeds Festival, with less than 100 days to go, announce a new stage The Aux, a first-of-its-kind live platform for the best and most popular digital content creators shaping today’s culture.

The UK’s most renowned festivals, Reading & Leeds, synonymous with breaking legendary acts and hosting iconic performances, are set to welcome an entirely new set of performers with the introduction of a brand-new stage for 2024; The Aux. This stage will feature a digital content creator-led lineup for the first time at a music festival, highlighting some of today’s most popular and culturally relevant personalities and providing a new platform in the live sector.

Located in the main arena of both festivals, The Aux will offer festival-goers a mix of live podcasts, interactive talks, streams, and hands-on activities, with no filter and no topic off limits. Currently confirmed for the stage are The Useless Hotline, Antics With Ash, In Ayamé We Trust, and the M1Podcast, making The Aux the place to bridge the gap between the digital world and live entertainment.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic said: 

“The relevance and impact that this new generation of creators has on our culture and audience is undeniable. The Aux stage is a platform to move their brilliant and innovative work onto a live stage. Music and digital innovation have always gone hand in hand, and this is a new and exciting moment where the online world can connect with the offline, and our audiences can get a bit closer to the faces and voices they know and love. We have supported and championed musicians from emerging talent to headliners and we hope The Aux will play a part in doing just that for those who are transforming entertainment too.”

The first ever acts announced for The Aux include the charismatic and chaotic Max Balegde and comedic personality George Clarke both renowned for their podcast The Useless Hotline, which has captivated audiences by answering listeners’ queries and dilemmas no matter how big, small, weird, or embarrassing. Ash Holme will bring a live version of Antics with Ash, where nothing is off limits, chaos is embraced, and tomfoolery is encouraged. Expect the unexpected with a large helping of hilarity.

Ayamé Ponder is a content creator, presenter and podcast host with a global following, known for her viral TikTok videos and hilarious skits. In 2023 Ayamé launched her podcast ‘In Ayamé We Trust’, and quickly rose to prominence in its first six episodes and this summer she brings it to a live stage for the first time. The M1 Podcast is coming to The Aux, Manchester’s finest hosted by Mordz, SK and BillyTheGoat and is known for platforming rappers, off-the-cuff freestyles as well as huge laughs, it’s set to be a lively set for M1’s debut live show.

Reading & Leeds are always looking at innovative new ways to showcase the best of music and youth culture, and The Aux will also give audiences the opportunity to connect with those they spend countless hours with online, in a more intimate setting at the festival, capturing these special moments, produce content that fans can watch back online and enjoy even when they might not be at the festival.

Joining the line-up today: The Useless Hotline, Antics With Ash, In Ayamé We Trust, The M1 Podcast and many more to be announced.

We are also excited to be welcoming some of the first artists to be announced for the BBC Music Introducing Stage this year at Reading & Leeds; Ellur, Sun King, Jodie Langford and Delila Bon.

It was only 2013 when Catfish & The Bottlemen had their Reading & Leeds debut on the BBC Introducing Stage, and now they are making their long-awaited return as headliners. Other artists playing this year’s festival who have come through BBC Music Introducing include the viral sensation Beabadoobee who are headlining the Radio 1 Stage, the Manchester indie-pop band Corella will play the Main Stage at the festival, and Kid Kapichi will play on the Festival Republic Stage billing.

Reading & Leeds Festival has always championed new up and coming talent, and this year will be no different. The North of England is full of talent that speaks across genres and generations.

ELLUR 

Indie-pop artist Ellur from Halifax writes self-detrimental love letters to herself in the form of danceable guitar anthems. Ellur’s music glows with youthful energy whilst she celebrates and reflects on relationships, womanhood & growing up. Over the past year, Ellur has released a number of acclaimed  singles including the timeless piano ballad ‘Satellites’ and new festival-ready anthem ‘Boys’. With a number of sold-out headlining shows and upcoming festival dates already in the diary for 2024, (and named by Clash Magazine as one of the ‘Five Sets That Defined Live at Leeds In The Park’) Ellur and her band are certainly not ones to miss!

Ellur said, ‘I’ve never been more excited about a gig in my life. I’ve been attending Reading and Leeds Fest since I can remember. It’s influenced so much of my music and how I write and to be asked by my local BBC Introducing team who have supported me since my first single felt like such a full circle moment.’

Spotify: Ellur | Spotify

Socials: @ellurmusic – Ella McNamara (@ellurmusic) • Instagram photos and videos

SUN KING 

Sun King are a five-piece band from York, blending sounds from the past and present with an electric feel. Having toured the UK with bands such as Wunderhorse and Deadletter in their first year together, Sun King’s live shows have gained themselves a fierce reputation as ones to watch in 2024.

Sun King said, ‘We’ve always wanted to play R&L. Having all been as punters throughout the years, it’s high on the list of festivals to play for us. It’ll be nice this year to roll up and plug in the amps. We are very much looking forward to it.’

Spotify: SUN KING | Spotify

Socials: @__sun_king__ – SUN KING (@__sun_king__) • Instagram photos and videos

JODIE LANGFORD 

Jodie Langford began her career as an unapologetically Northern spoken word artist with a unique, passionate message who quickly became the go-to voice for the youth within her hometown of Hull, exposing the injustice and plight of young people across the city and further across the nation. Coupled with her unique voice comes an incredible talent to turn observations of the world around her and her personal experiences into relatable, dry and often funny lyrical content that tackles everything from downing pints, dead-end jobs and the government’s treatment of young people to more personal relationship issues.

Jodie continues to write new music in her unique way, working closely with her producer/DJ Endoflevelbaddie to carve a sound that darts between thrashing Post Punk sensibilities, fevered Techno rhythms and filthy Drum & Bass chaos.
She’s never afraid to expose herself or call out the powers that be and has become a force of nature when she performs live, providing audiences with ferocious, confident, thought-provoking shows and has been described as one of Hull’s best new artists to keep an eye on. Scott performs with Scott aka Endoflevelbaddie.

Jodie said, ‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be a part of the Reading & Leeds festival line up. I’ve seen some of my favourite bands perform at the festival when I attended as a teenager, so it already holds precious memories. This opportunity proves to my younger self that the belief and the graft is worth it, and that I do deserve a place in this industry amongst all of the other talent out there. I also get to represent my hometown, Hull, with one of my favourite people EVER, Endoflevelbaddie!’

Spotify: Jodie Langford | Spotify

Socials: @jodielangfordmusic – Jodie Langford (@jodielangfordmusic) • Instagram photos and videos

DELILAH BON 

Rage Queen Delilah Bon from Barnsley is a force to be reckoned with blending elements of hip-hop, nu metal, and riot grrrl ethos into her signature “Brat Punk” style. Her music serves as a fierce anthem for marginalized communities, particularly women, non-binary and the LGBTQ+ community. 2024 promises to be a monumental year for Delilah Bon, with a highly anticipated album slated for release in September.

Delilah Bon said, ‘I can’t wait to bring my girl rage to the stage at Reading & Leeds this year, was such a surprise being chosen to represent BBC Introducing, so so honoured. So excited! Been wanting to play this festival for so long. Girl power!’

Spotify: Delilah Bon | Spotify

Socials: @delilahbonofficial – 𝕯𝖊𝖑𝖎𝖑𝖆𝖍 𝕭𝖔𝖓 (@delilahbonofficial) • Instagram photos and videos

They will be joining other artists on the Reading & Leeds stages who also hail from the North of England such as Seb Lowe, The Kites, The Luka State, ADMT and The Oozes.

FULL LINE UP:

Main Stage (A-Z):

21 Savage / Bleachers / Blink-182 / Bru – C / Catfish And The Bottlemen / Corella / Courting / Crawlers / Dead Poet Society / Fontaines DC / Fred Again… / Gerry Cinnamon / Kneecap / Lana Del Rey / Liam Gallagher / Neck Deep / Pendulum / Raye / Reneé Rapp / Seb Lowe / Spirit Box / The K’s / The Last Dinner Party / The Luka State / Two Door Cinema Club / Zino Vinci

Chevron Stage (A-Z):

4am Kru / A Little Sound / Barry Can’t Swim / Bou / Danny Howard / Denzel Curry / Digga D / DJ Jackum / Dom Dolla / Efan/ goddard / Jaguar / Kenny Beats / Kenya Grace / KiLLOWEN / LeoStayTrill/ METTE/ Nia Archives / Sim0ne / Skrillex / Sonny Fodera / Sota / The Prodigy

Radio 1 Stage (A-Z):

Ashnikko / Bears in Trees / Beebadoobee / Chinchilla / Confidence Man / David Kushner / Destroy Boys / Felix Ames / FLO / Frozemode / G Flip / James Marriot / Jessie Murph / Jesse / Jorja Smith / Kid Brunswick / Overmono / Skrapz / Swim School / Teddy Swims / The Beaches / The Wombats / Wunderhorse / Zach Templar

Festival Republic Stage (A-Z):

Arthur Hill / Bad Nerves / Big Special / Bradley Simpson / Dead Pony / Deijuvhs / Dream Wife / Hak Baker / Kingfishr / Kid Kapichi / Lambrini Girls / Loathe / Loveless / Mackenzy Mackay / Mannequin Pussy / Matt Maltese / Militarie Gun / Only the poets / Paris Paloma / Rachel Chinouriri / Renee Rapp / Spiritual Cramp / Talk Show / The Amity Affliction / The Japanese House / The Scratch / The Oozes / Thus Love / ThxSoMuch / Viagra Boys / Yours Truly

LS23 Stage (A-Z):

Arthi /Chloe Caillet / Dr Dubplate / DJ Semtex / Gia / It’s murph / Nathan Dawe / Notion / Oppidan / Saint Ludo / Simula / Sota / Yemz

Anachronica (A-Z):

Badger / Bullet Tooth / Bvnquet / Daisy / Denham Audio / Efan / Fliss Mayo / Oldboy / Jop Type & Vesarchie / Selectacee / Skeptic