The Killers, Imagine Dragons, Foals, Billie Eilish and more for Reading and Leeds Festivals 2023

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UK festivals Reading and Leeds have officially made their first lineup announcements for 2023, with some huge names amongst the bands and artists officially announced so far.

As with last year, 2023's edition of both events will feature no fewer than six headliners across three days. Headlining next year's festivals are Oxford rockers Foals, American pop-rock heavyweights Imagine Dragons, Las Vegas rockers The Killers, pop megastar Billie Eilish, Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi and Tyneside favourite, Sam Fender.

Also confirmed are fast-rising Isle Of Wight indie-rock duo Wet Leg, South African singer-songwriter Baby Queen, American indie-pop band Muna and dance heavyweight Becky Hill, plus Bicep, Andy C, Central Cee, Chase Atlantic, Declan McKenna, Don Broco, Eliza Rose, Georgia, Inhaler, LF System, Lil TJay, Lovejoy, Loyle Carner, Meekz, Nessa Barret, Nothing But Thieves, Shy FX, Slowthai, Songer, Steve Lacey, The Snuts, Tion Wayne, Trippie Redd and Yung Lean.

Reading Festival 2023 takes place August 25-27 at Richfield Avenue in Reading, while Leeds Festival 2023 takes place over the same weekend at Bramham Park in Leeds. Ticket information for both festivals can be found at and More than 100 artists are expected to play across the weekend, with further lineup announcements coming next year.

This year's festivals saw headline sets from rap superstars Dave and Megan Thee Stallion, Sheffield metallers Bring Me The Horizon, indie heroes Arctic Monkeys, alt-pop star Halsey and British rockers The 1975, who stepped in at short notice for Rage Against The Machine after frontman Zack De La Rocha injured his leg at a show in Chicago during the US rap metallers' US tour. Other artists to have played last year included Enter Shikari, Little Simz, Bastille, Wolf Alice, All Time Low and Fontaines D.C.

Merlin Alderslade
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Merlin moved into his role as Executive Editor of Louder in early 2022, following over ten years working at Metal Hammer. While there, he served as Online Editor and Deputy Editor, before being promoted to Editor in 2016. Before joining Metal Hammer, Merlin worked as Associate Editor at Terrorizer Magazine and has previously written for the likes of Classic Rock, Rock Sound, eFestivals and others. Across his career he has interviewed legends including Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy, Metallica, Iron Maiden (including getting a trip on Ed Force One courtesy of Bruce Dickinson), Guns N' Roses, KISS, Slipknot, System Of A Down and Meat Loaf. He has also presented and produced the Metal Hammer Podcast, presented the Metal Hammer Radio Show and is probably responsible for 90% of all nu metal-related content making it onto the site.