Comedy stars Russell Howard and Bill Bailey plus Grandmaster Flash to play Leeds Festival

Good News...comedy star Russell Howard to play Leeds and Reading Festivals 2016.Good News...comedy star Russell Howard to play Leeds and Reading Festivals 2016.
Good News...comedy star Russell Howard to play Leeds and Reading Festivals 2016.
Arena-sized comedians, global stars and popular club nights have been added to the line-up at this year's Leeds and Reading Festival.

Leading the comedy charge are Russell Howard and Bill Bailey, while US hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash will be performing an explosive set at Leeds Festival only.

He will be joined by hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda and the impressive stylings of Rave Karaoke and Nightmares From The Discotheque for a full-throttled evening of entertainment, ensuring that Leeds will be dancing late into the night.

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Leeds and Reading 2016 boasts five headliners over three days - August 26 to 28 - with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy.

They head up a Bank Holiday weekend which also includes performances by Jack Ü, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Boy Better Know, Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, HAIM, Nas, Good Charlotte, Asking Alexandria, Fetty Wap and over 200 more.

Comedian Russell Howard has enjoyed massive success with Russell Howard’s Good News, establishing him as one of the UK’s most successful comedians and a rising international star.

Bill Bailey will be returning after his performance in 2014. Known for the astounding musical knowledge that saw him become a panel show staple on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as starring in Channel 4’s sitcom Black Books, Bailey will be delighting audiences as his famous Limboland world tour makes a stop at both festival sites in August.

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Joining them over the Bank Holiday weekend is an extensive array of well-known comedic figures including Radio 4 stalwart and one of Britain’s finest comedians Marcus Brigstocke.

Katherine Ryan will be entertaining audiences with her razor sharp critique of pop culture alongside Well Good prankster Lee Nelson, the flamboyant flow of Russell Kane and Impractical Jokers’ very own Joel Dommett.

Further Alternative Stage appearances will come from outspoken political commentator Owen Jones who will be in conversation with Andy Parsons alongside performances from Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Andrew Maxwell, Mark Steel, Tom Deacon (Reading Only), John Robins, Carl Donnelly (Leeds Only), Daniel Simonsen, Dane Baptiste, Lloyd Griffith (Reading Only), Al Porter, Angela Barnes, Jamali Maddix, Lauren Pattison (Leeds Only) and Alternative Stage MC’s David Morgan, Iain Stirling, Dan Nightingale (Leeds Only) and Ian Boldsworth (Reading Only).

Masterful indie club night Propaganda will once again provide a late night euphoric disco soundtrack with special guest appearances from This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, DJ Dan and many more, with Buttoned Up Disco also on hand with the rock, pop, punk and indie party-starters.

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The Hot Dub Time Machine will bringi the world’s very first time-travelling party to Leeds and Reading this summer, taking fans back on a journey through the defining hits of over 60 years of good times.

With the previously announced Kurupt FM Presents Champagne Steam Rooms and Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish also taking to the stage over the weekend, the Alternative Stage offers a different spin on the UK festival experience..


Russell Howard

Bill Bailey

Marcus Brigstocke

Katherine Ryan

Russell Kane

Lee Nelson

Owen Jones in conversation with Andy Parsons

The Boy With Tape On His Face

Andrew Maxwell

Sara Pascoe

Holly Walsh

Joel Dommett

Mark Steel

Carl Donnelly (Leeds Only)

John Robins

Tom Deacon (Reading Only)

Daniel Simonsen

Dane Baptiste

Al Porter

Angela Barnes

Lloyd Griffith (Reading Only)

Lauren Pattison (Leeds Only)

Jamali Maddix

Mark Grist


Anthony Anaxagorou

David Morgan (MC)

Iain Stirling (MC)

Dan Nightingale (Leeds Only)

Ian Boldsworth (Reading Only)

Grandmaster Flash (Leeds Only)

DJ Yoda (Leeds Only)

Rave Karaoke (Leeds Only)

Nightmares From The Discotheque (Leeds Only)

Propaganda with Special Guests Including This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, DJ Dan + More

Buttoned Down Disco

Hot Dub Time Machine

Tickets for Reading & Leeds Festivals 2016 are on sale now:

Weekend tickets are £205 + £8 booking fee = £213 total

Day tickets are £59.50 + £7 booking fee

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Early entry permits - £20 (No booking fee - Reading SOLD OUT)

Campervan permits - £75 (No booking fee)

Lockers - £16 (No booking fee)

Reading car park - £10 (No booking fee)

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