Arctic Monkeys confirmed as Leeds Festival headliners

Arctic Monkeys. Picture: Zackery Michael
Arctic Monkeys. Picture: Zackery Michael

Yorkshire’s own Arctic Monkeys have been confirmed as the second headline act for this year’s Leeds Festival in August.

Organisers today revealed that the Sheffield band will headline the main stage at Reading and Leeds, their first time performing at the festival since they topped the bill in 2009.

Appearing as an England and Wales festival exclusive, the band will play at both sites at the August 22-24 festival.

Nominated for ‘Best British Band’ at the upcoming BRIT Awards and ‘Best Live Band’ at the NME Awards, they need no introduction to the Leeds audience. First performing on one of the smaller stages in 2005 prior to the release of their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not’, they took their place on the main stage the following year before returning to headline Leeds and Reading in 2009.

Voted as NME’s ‘Album of The Year’ in 2013, ‘AM’ saw the band return more confident than ever, with hits including debut single and instant classic ‘Do I Wanna Know?’, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ and ‘R U Mine?’.

In addition to Arctic Monkeys, a number of others acts have been confirmed to appear at this summer’s festival, including Manchester band The Courteeners, fast rising band The 1975 and You Me At Six, who have entered the UK album charts at number one this week.

US band Warpaint will also be appearing plus SBTRKT, Royal Blood, Netsky, Pusha T, Krept & Konan, Hozier and Annie Mac.

It was previously confirmed that Blink 182 would be one of the main stage headliners with Jake Bugg, Disclosure and Metronomy among the others to appear.

Meanwhile, the new name for the dedicated rock stage, as voted for by fans, has been revealed as ‘The Pit’.

Having recently announced that Daniel P Carter, host of BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show, will curate the dedicated rock stage in 2014, fans were given the chance to make Reading and Leeds history by suggesting a new name for this stage. Three fan nominated names made the shortlist – The Pit, The Lockdown and The Meltdown Stage, in addition to Daniel’s suggestion The Riff Haus and headliners Of Mice & Men’s The Hyphy Stage.

With over 5000 votes cast, the winning name chosen by is The Pit. Congratulations to the winners who were the first to submit the name, who will not only receive VIP upgrades for themselves and a friend, but will also get side of stage access to watch a band on their newly named stage.

A number of acts for The Pit have been announced, including Architects and Issues.

Leeds Festival tickets are available by ringing 0871 2310821 or online from www.festivalrepublic.com or www.leedsfestival.com

A new improved £50 deposit scheme has been introduced where fans can put down £50 to secure a place at the festival with three further instalments of £53.50 a month to follow.