Rage Against the Machine are headlining Leeds and Reading

 Rage Against the Machine are headlining Leeds and Reading

Rage Against the Machine have just announced a 2020 world tour, with the only UK dates being headline slots at Leeds Festival on Friday 28th August and Reading Festival on Sunday 30th August.

The band announced their reunion in autumn 2019 after a nine-year hiatus, during which three RATM band members formed ‘Prophets of Rage’ with members of Cypress Hill and Public Enemy. The supergroup appeared at festivals including Download and Boomtown, bringing setlists packed with classics from all three bands, before disbanding last year when RATM reunited.

The long-awaited line-up posters for the festivals will be revealed at 9am tomorrow morning, Tuesday 11th February. Tickets will then go on sale at 9am Thursday 13th February following an exclusive presale for Barclaycard customers.

We’ve known Liam Gallagher is headlining since he broke the news himself on Twitter back in November, but the rest of the line-up has remained a mystery. With countless other festivals revealing their line-ups over the last fortnight, fans were beginning to joke the Leeds & Reading announcements would never arrive.

Leeds and Reading both take place over the August bank holiday weekend, with the two festivals sharing the same line-up.

Instalment plans and day tickets will also be available, along with early entry passes, which grant festivalgoers access to the campsite from Wednesday onwards.

Coach travel and ‘camping plus’ glamping accommodation are both on sale now, with bell tents and ‘crew huts’ available.

In December, TheFestivals learned 35 people were arrested for drug dealing at Leeds Festival 2019 through a Freedom of Information request. Police seized 1,609 ecstasy pills and 728g of MDMA, along with 350g of cocaine, 705g of ketamine and 2.4 kilos of weed.

Jess Clayton, Force Drugs Co-ordinator for West Yorkshire Police, told TheFestivals: “The potential consequences of taking illegal substances, both at festivals and across our wider night-time economy, is well documented. Particularly when mixing different types of drugs and drinking alcohol, it can prove to be a fatal cocktail. We continue to work hard alongside our partners to warn of these dangers, as well as promoting the support networks available.

“Supplying drugs can also have a significant impact upon an individual’s future and we highlight this message to discourage individuals from becoming involved. It is, however, a crime that we take extremely seriously and we will always pursue those who commit such offences to the detriment of our local communities.”

Leeds Festival crowd

Image credits:
Featured: Matt Eachus / Leeds Festival
Crowd: David Dillion / Leeds Festival
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