Metallica and UK festivals are becoming a more regular combination than fish and chips in these parts. After headlining both Sonisphere’s return and silencing all their critics with an epic slot at Glastonbury, Metallica have confirmed they will be the first headliners for the 2015 edition of the Reading and Leeds August bank holiday festival double bill. Never short of a word or two, here’s Lars Ulrich’s view on the announcement:

“We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time. We are practically the house band. Bring it!”

Alongside Metallica, the first batch of bands announced for the 2015 Reading and Leeds festival are a pick & mix across multiple genres. Punk rock legends Refused will be appearing at Reading and Leeds next year as they headline The Pit stage in what is guaranteed to be one of, if not, the most brutal set of the entire weekend at both festivals. Post-hardcore mob Pierce The Veil will also be appearing next year, with their frontman Vic Fuentes absolutely delighted to be on the line up:

“We’ve been dying to do these Festivals ever since we started touring in the UK! It’s such an honour to be a part of something that people wait all year round to see.”

Hot off the heels of his sold out UK tour including a massive London show in Alexandra Palace, Jamie T bring his unique blend of rock and hip hop back to Reading and Leeds in 2015 following on from his secret set at Reading 2014. There’s one more for hip hop fans, acclaimed duo Run The Jewels will be taking their Reading and Leeds bows for the first time in 2015. Killer Mike and El-P’s first appearance on Reading and Leeds territory will be mandatory viewing for anyone of a hip hop persuasion. After the success of his performance in the Dance tent stage in 2014, Wilkinson returns to Reading and Leeds in 2015 for another slice of the action with his renowned Drum & Bass live show. Lastly, rising US indie stars Manchester Orchestra are on the bill, making their third trip to the UK’s bank holiday festival double header.

Tickets for both Reading & Leeds 2015 are on sale now at the official festival websites priced at £205 which includes an £8 booking fee and postage. Early entry permits (allowing you to rock up on the Wednesday and enjoy the full five days in the campsite) are £20 extra. Lockers are available on site for £16 while a camper van pass will cost you £75. Further details of all ticketing options including the more luxury camping options (think RIP camping at Download and Rock Royalty at Sonisphere) are available on www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com.

Further announcements will be made in the coming weeks and months so keep your eyes peeled on Rock Sins for the latest news on Reading and Leeds, as well as Download, Sonisphere, Bloodstock and the best of the rest.

Metallica Leeds Reading- 2015 Festival First Poster Line Up