Reading and Leeds Festival announce Alternative Stage for 2016

Leading the comedy line up is the phenomenally talented Russell Howard who has enjoyed massive success with Russell Howard’s Good News, establishing Russell as one of the UK’s most successful comedians and a rising international star.


Bill Bailey will be returning to Reading and Leeds after his incredible 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 the Reading and Leeds audiences as his famous Limboland world tour makes a stop at both festival sites in August.


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).


The Alternative Stage will also play host to a vast array of late night entertainment throughout the weekend, including a special appearance from the US hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash who’ll be performing an explosive set at Leeds Festival only. He’ll 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.


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. Then be ready to travel back in time, with the unrivalled Hot Dub Time Machine bringing the world’s very first time-travelling party to Reading & Leeds this summer, taking you 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, making Reading and Leeds 2016 the ultimate festival party of the summer.


Reading and Leeds 2016 boasts the biggest names, sounds and festival moments for another year, with 5 headliners over 3 days – Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy. They head up an unmissable 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.


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
Biffy Clyro (Co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Fall Out Boy (Co-headline) (UK Festival Exclusive)
Red Hot Chili Peppers (Headline)
Foals (Co-Headline)
Disclosure (Co-Headline)
Imagine Dragons (European Festival Exclusive)
Jack Ü                  
Two Door Cinema Club                 
The 1975
Boy Better Know
The Vaccines (UK Festival Exclusive)
A$AP Rocky (UK Festival Exclusive)
HAIM (UK Festival Exclusive)
Jack Garratt
Nas (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Turner
Good Charlotte (UK Festival Exclusive)
Coheed and Cambria
Tonight Alive (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Wombats
Twenty One Pilots (UK Festival Exclusive)                                                       
Crystal Castles (UK Festival Exclusive)    
Fetty Wap (UK Festival Exclusive)                     
Eagles Of Death Metal (UK Festival Exclusive)
Parkway Drive (UK Festival Exclusive)
Nothing But Thieves     
The Internet (UK Festival Exclusive)
Rat Boy
Lower Than Atlantis (UK Festival Exclusive)
Asking Alexandria (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Dillinger Escape Plan (UK Festival Exclusive)
Travi$ Scott (UK Festival Exclusive)
G-Eazy (UK Festival Exclusive)
Five Finger Death Punch (UK Festival Exclusive)                     
Sleeping With Sirens (UK Festival Exclusive)
The Neighbourhood (UK Festival Exclusive)
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes         
State Champs
Die Antwoord (UK Festival Exclusive)
Cage The Elephant (UK Festival Exclusive)
Krept & Konan
Half Moon Run
Mura Masa
Spring King
Sunset Sons
Deaf Havana
The Virginmarys
Third Eye Blind
Black Foxxes
The Temper Trap
Brian Fallon And The Crowes
Charlie Sloth
Arcane Roots
Fickle Friends
Clean Cut Kid
Pulled Apart By Horses
Ezra Furman
Big Narstie
The Magic Gang
The Hunna
The Sherlocks
Beach Baby
Isaac Gracie
Highly Suspect (UK Festival Exclusive)
Sundara Karma
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
Lewis Del Mar
Will Joseph Cook
White Miles
The Beach
The Vryll Society
Area 52
Nothing More
Milk Teeth
Ghost Town
Giraffe Tongue Orchestra
Beach Slang
Big Spring
Yung Lean
Hoodie Allen
Maverick Sabre
Metro Boomin
Little Simz
Bugzy Malone
Mick Jenkins
Kiko Bun
Franko Fraize
Clara Amfo
Danny L Harle
Rag’n’Bone Man
Fred V & Grafix
Delta Heavy
The Japanese House
99 Souls
Lion Babe
Duke Dumont
David Rodigan MBE
My Nu Leng B2B Oneman + Dread MC (Reading) / Oneman B2B My Nu Leng + Dread MC (Leeds)                          
Philip George                    
Birdy Nam Nam                               
Oliver Heldens   
Hannah Wants
Kurupt FM Presents: Champagne Steam Rooms
Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish
The King Blues
Modern Baseball
Maxïmo Park
Raleigh Ritchie                                                                                                     
Tuff Love                                              
Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals                         
Section Boyz                     
Lady Leshurr
DJ Semtex (Reading)
The Range
Rude Kid
Zac Samuel
Tkay Maidza
Low Steppa
James Organ

V Festival 2015 announce headliners for Comedy Tent

Scottish funnyman Frankie Boyle will lead the comedy shenanigans alongside fellow V Festival debutant and local Essex boy Russell Kane.

The duo will headline alongside an array of comedy heavyweights guaranteed to bring some side-splitting humour to the popular fifth stage, including Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney.

Russell Kane commented: 'I can’t believe I’m headlining the V Festival Glee Club Comedy Tent! I will celebrate afterwards by heading straight to the Dance Tent, and throwing myself around to techno music like a tribal chief beating a drum.”

Making her second appearance at V Festival, Shappi Khorsandi said: “Sadly, rock stardom didn't happen for me so performing at V Festival’s Glee Club Comedy Tent is the very next best thing.”

Seann Walsh also commented: “I am looking forward to V Festival. However, I am not looking forward to the few days after it. I am both excited and terrified. Oh God!”

Comedy acts joining Frankie BoyleRussell Kane, Seann Walsh, Shappi Khorsandi, Nick Helm and Gary Delaney on the 22nd and 23rd August, at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire will be announced in the coming months

Comedy lineup announced for T in the Park

Taking place in The Scottish Sun Big Top across the weekend. With big names, rap battles and the best in upcoming Scottish comedy talent, the laughs will ring out across the festival site.
Russell Kane is a multi-talented writer and performer who has firmly established himself as one of the best comics in the UK today, winning The Edinburgh Comedy Award and Australia's prestigious Barry Award. Currently touring the UK with his brand new live show “Smallness”, which poses the question “What is it with us and smallness?” he’s sure to delight the T in the Park crowd.
Lee Nelson’s Well Good Festival Hangover Cure takes to the stage on Sunday inThe Scottish Sun Big Top tent – the household name has hosted Live at the Apollo, sold out his three times extended live tour, had over two million people watching BBC Three’s Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show and is now heading to T in the Park with quality jokes, games and banter.
Award-nominee and star of the Edinburgh Fringe, Andrew Maxwell makes his way toT in the Park with a fantastic new show of mischievous charm and boundary-nudging wit. As seen on BBC’s Live at The Apollo, Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You, plus ITV’s Celebrity Juice, RTE’s The Panel and so much more he’s bringing his cutting edge comedy and intrepid social commentary to the fields of Kinross.
Catch the host of Scotland's Capital Breakfast Show, Des Clarke, as he stops by The Scottish Sun Big Top tent for an unmissable set. As well as being a familiar voice on the radio, Des is also a familiar face on TV from his STV hosting days and charity appeals. One of Scotland’s best and sure-fire punchline makers!
The world’s only stand up/improv/chat tattoo comedy show, Show Me Your Tattoo, returns re-inked and ready to run down the hilarious Highway of Human Graffiti in one of the most unique comedy shows ever. Host Billy Kirkwood invites audiences to share and chat about their tattoos in a show jam-packed with blisteringly funny stand up and audience interaction, as well as taking a good hard look at the weird, silly, dirty, sexy, brilliant, bad and often awesome world of tattoos from all around the world.
Fans can experience Comedy Rap Battles on Friday night, a concept show which garnered 5 star reviews, where comedy and hip-hop clash and street cred is put on the line as some of the country's best comedians compete to see who exhibits the most swag when it comes to hip-hop wits. MC’d by Neil ‘The Weeman’ Bratchpiece it’s filled with comedic verbal jousting and, with street cred on the line, who'll choke and who'll gain respect?
Also featuring over the festival weekend will be John Cooper ClarkeThe GingeThe Geordie and The GeekGary LittleIain StirlingMark NelsonThe Wee ManKeir McAllisterScott GibsonRay BradshawGus LymburnLiam Withnail and Jellybean Martinez.


Voted ‘Best Festival’ at the NME Awards, this year’s Reading & Leeds Festivals are officially set to be better than ever! Reading & Leeds guarantee exclusive performances, huge headliners and rising stars and are the only place to spend the August Bank Holiday weekend with friends this summer.  With exclusive UK festival performances from headliners Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro, plus exclusive appearances from Fall Out Boy, System of A Down, Deftones, Skrillex and more, Reading & Leeds can now announce the line-up for the Alternative Stage!

Russell Kane  Seann Walsh (L) • Rob Delaney  Mark Thomas (L)
Shappi Khorsandi (R) • Josh Widdicombe  Paul Chowdhry
Trevor Noah • Jamie Kilstein • Carl Donnelly’s National Novelty Dance Off Finals • Nathan Caton • Jarred Christmas (L) • Andrew O’Neill
Joel Dommett • Katherine Ryan • Idiots of Ants • Tiffany Stevenson
Romesh Ranganathan (L) • Tom Deacon (R) • Ellis James • Rob Beckett
Lucy Beaumont (L) • Luisa Omielan • Suzi Ruffell • Mark Simmons
Daniel Townes (R) • Jim Smallman (L) • Andrew Ryan

MC DOOM • Shlomo & The Lip Factory • Jeffrey Lewis & The Rain
Reeps One • Transgressive • Rebel Bingo (L) • Boogaloo Stu (L)
Buttoned Down Disco (R) • Propaganda with special guests Haim
Snoop Lion: Reincarnated (Film)

(L) Leeds only, (R) Reading only

Larmer Tree Festival Full Comedy Club Line-Up

 In addition to the comedy line-up announcement, Larmer Tree have another truck load of new artists to reveal including, energetic Malian guitarist  Vieux Farka Touré, icons of the ska revival The Selecter with Pauline Black, New Zealand’s psychedelic pop troupe The Phoenix Foundation and the prince of British Bangra Jassi Sidhu, plus many more.
With a Comedy Club that has seen the likes of Rich Hall, Sean Hughes, David O’Doherty and Russell Howardtake to the mic and bring the house down, Larmer Tree Festival has gained a reputation over the past few years of having one of the best comedy line-ups on the festival calendar, and 2011 backs up this accolade!
russell kaneThe first headliner to be announced for 2011 is Russell Kane, a multi-talented writer and performer who has firmly established himself as one the best comics in the UK today. Currently on a sell-out national tour with his award winning show, Russell has been described as “Probably the most exciting comic discovery of the year” by Chortle and “a performer with the instincts of a rabble-rouser” by Time Out.
Next on the bill is national treasure Arthur Smith. Often found spread across the BBC on TV and radio shows like QI, Have I Got News for You, Grumpy Old Men and many more, Arthur is a comedian, writer, broadcaster and all-round British institution. Known for his sublime playfulness he is bursting with jokes, anecdotes, short stories, poems and songs. Accompanying Arthur Smith and Russell Kane as headliners for the rib tickling pleasure of the Comedy Club’s audience are two other truly unique performers; 
phil nicholPhil Nichol, an acclaimed actor, award winning comedian, producer, presenter, writer and musician, there is just no end to this man’s talent!  With a surreal edge to some of his mischievous rantings, he always brings something new to the stage with his keen sense of fun and eye for the shocking and absurd.
Lastly but by no means least, is the cheeky, quick witted and effervescent Andi Osho,winning the prestigious Nivea Funny Women award in 2007, she has since then made a big splash on the comedy scene.  As well as an established performer on the stand up circuit, Andi is a popular guest on radio and TV. “Translating Osho’s words to the page doesn’t do her proper 

andi osho

justice… her work is visual, narrative and pivots on her perfect delivery.”  The Guardian.
Additional acts in the bag for this year are; multi award-winning Scotsman Phil Kay with his marvelous freewheeling stand-up; Yorkshire funny man Tom Wigglesworth; guitar-playing comedian Rob Deering;nominee for Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Award 2010 for Best Newcomer Gareth Richards. The Awesomewinners of the Chortle Award for best sketch show 2011 Late Night Gimp Fight; 2010 Winners of The Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and the Musical Comedy Awards Abandoman; Major break-through comedy actress and emerging queen of the sitcom Sara Pascoe and finally, the big characters, inventive sketches and fast-paced fun of Wittank. All will be held together by the up and coming young comperes; James Acaster, Iain Stirling, Fergus Craig and Joel Dommett.
On top of announcing the first wave of comedy gold to grace the gardens of Larmer Tree, there are also some new exciting acts to unveil! Joining Seasick Steve, Imelda May, Asian Dub Foundation, Stornoway and many others on the eclectic and hand-picked line up for 2011 Larmer Tree are pleased as punch to announce the appearance of Vieux Farka Touré. The son of one of the uncontested trailblazers of African music, the late Ali Farka Touré, and a major artist in his own right Vieux has earned himself the nickname of ‘the Hendrix of the Sahara’ and played to millions worldwide when he was invited to perform at the World Cup opening concert in South Africa in 2010. Another new addition the ever expanding Larmer Tree line up are two-tone ska funkstersThe Selecter. With the full band line up reuniting in the summer of 2010, Pauline Black regrouped with Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson as The Selecter for the 30th Anniversary of their no. 5 UK album “Too Much Pressure”. Get ready for hits such as Gangsters vs. The Selecter, On My Radio and the ska anthem Three Minute Hero. Also added to the bill are; New Zealand’s The Phoenix Foundation with their psychedelic pop that has been described as Byrds meets the Beach Boys with a bit of Fleet Foxes’ haziness. British Bhangra sensation Jassi Sidhu joins the line up alongside the eccentric and flamboyant spectacle of Gabby Young and Other Animalswho fuse gypsy, folk, jazz and rock. Honorary member of the large Larmer family, Legendary DJ Derek will be on hand to hypnotise the peacocks and patrons alike with his patois banter and epically large ska and reggae funk trunk!
With all of this (and much more) packed into five days of pure discovery and escapism, Larmer Tree HQ have been working hard to ensure that the first day’s activities set the standard! On the opening day of the festival, Wednesday 13th July, Jools Holland and his 24 piece Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with his very special guestSandie Shaw will be joined by: the funky voiced Hannah Williams with her soul infused Tastemakers starting and ending the evening to ensure it’ll be a night to remember for all the right reasons; Scoundrels, a young London based blues band who are already well on the road to future stardom;  the fantastic C W Stoneking who began playing guitar at the age of 11, and during his teens soaked up pre-war acoustic blues, jazz and calypso to create his own unique style – and he’ll be doing two sets; finally, don’t miss the juggling beatboxer sensation that isVid Warren!
Tickets are on sale with options ranging from individual day tickets, 3-day, 4-day or a full 5-day option, all with camping and car parking included. For more information on tickets please visit the website:
Seasick Steve / Jools Holland and his R&BO with special guest Sandie Shaw / Imelda May / Ozomatli / Asian Dub Foundation / Bellowhead / Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain / Seth Lakeman / Stornoway / Show of Hands Vieux Farka Touré / Caitlin Rose / The Selecter with Pauline Black / Batucada Sound Machine / C W Stoneking / The Phoenix Foundation / Watcha Clan / Jassi Sidhu / Spiers and Boden / Heidi Talbot / Krystle Warren / Gabby Young & Other Animals / Jaipur Kawa Brass Band / GaBLé / The Coal Porters / 3 Daft Monkeys / Muntu Valdo / The Staves / Delta Maid / Mama Rosin / Cosmo Jarvis / Alejandro Toledo & The Magic Tombolinos / Penny Black Remedy / The Dodge Brothers / Boppin’B / Allo Darlin’ / Sheelanagig / Skinny Lister / Pete Lawrie / Moscow Drug Club / Buffalo Gals / Emily Portman / Derrin Nauendorf / DJ Derek / My First Tooth / Rory McLeod / Matthew and the Atlas / Polly and the Billets Doux / Kalakuta Millionaires / Kidnap Alice / Goodnight Lenin / Rosie Doonan / ahab / Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin / Megan Henwood / Ruth Theodore / Barnaby Keen Band / Baila la Cumbia / Hannah Williams & The Tastemakers / The Bamana Project / Scoundrels / The Gramophone Party / Police Dog Hogan / City Stereo / The Joker & The Thief / Vid Warren / Kitty Macfarlane / Tinderbox / Fearne / The Mopes / Disco’s Out (Murder’s in)
Comedy Line up: Russell Kane / Arthur Smith / Phil Nichol / Andi Osho / Phil Kay / Tom Wrigglesworth / Rob Deering / Gareth Richards / Late Night Gimp Fight / Abandoman / Wittank / Sara Pascoe / James Acaster / Iain Stirling / Fergus Craig / Joel Dommett