My Chemical Romance singer added to Leeds Festival line-up

Gerard Way, on stage with My Chemical Romance at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber
Gerard Way, on stage with My Chemical Romance at the Leeds Festival. Picture: Ian Harber
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My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way is set to play only his second ever UK solo show at this summer’s Leeds Festival.

Way is one of 50 new acts added to the line-up for this summer’s big music event taking place at Bramham Park over the August Bank Holiday.

The previous main stage headliner with My Chemical Romance is set to release his debut LP this year and will play his first solo global at the Reading Festival on Friday, August 22 before appearing at the Leeds event on the NME/ Radio 1 Stage the following day.

Also added to the bill on the same stage on the Saturday are the post-hardcore quintet La Dispute.

Joining the likes of Netsky and Annie Mac over on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be Leeds drum and bass duo Sigma, Nottingham-based Indiana, Australian indie/dance trio RÜFÜS and fellow Aussies Panama who boast an electronic sound.

The Lock Up Stage, headlined by Jimmy Eat World, has been boosted by Exeter punk trio Muncie Girls while glam folk act King Charles and brother-sister duo Southern are now on the Festival Republic Stage.

British DJ Mistajam, the soulful sounds of Raleigh Ritchie, the self-proclaimed ‘filthiest rapper in the game’ Dirty Dike and intriguingly named Edward Scissortongue are additions to the BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage.

On the opening day, main stage headliners Blink-182 have been joined by new additions Schoolboy Q and Maverick Sabre (NME/Radio 1 Stage); Lxury and Billion (BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage); Masked Intruder, Emily’s Army and Vales (Lock Up Stage); The Sunshine Underground, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sivu, Drowners, Lucius and Saint Raymond (Festival Republic Stage), Kwabs, Elli Ingram, Hawk House and My Nu Leng (BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage).

For the third and final day main stage headliners Arctic Monkeys will close the show and have now been joined by DZ Deathrays (NME/Radio 1 Stage); Kove and MØ (BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage); We Came As Romans, Crosses, Brutality Will Prevail, Lesser Key, The HELL and Beasts (The Pit); We Are Scientists, The Amazing Snakeheads, American Authors, Little Matador, The Minutes and Leaders Of Men (Festival Republic Stage); and Dominique Young Unique, Tempa T, Little Simz, Newham Generals and Adrian Coker (BBC Radio 1 Xtra Stage).

Weekend tickets at £205 plus £8 booking fee and day tickets at £92.50 plus £7 booking fee are available online from www.leedsfestival.com or See Tickets or by phone on 0871 2310821. Alternatively, Leeds tickets can be bought at face value, in person when paid for in cash at Leeds Visitor Centre.