Electric Castle announce lineup additions

Returning to the atmospheric Banffy Castle after the success of its 2019 installment, Electric Castle have announced details of their 8th edition. Proving popular worldwide, over 50,000 festival goers (per day) will be welcomed back to the breathtaking setting of Banffy Castle for a jam packed five days of music, food, yoga, cinema and so much more.

With a wide variety of artists set to perform (including Twenty One Pilots, Foals, Floating Points, Fisher, Amon Tobin, Tycho, The Neighbourhood Rezz , Zhu, Purple Disco Machine, High Contrast, Camo & Krooked, MC Dynamite & Meute) Electric Castle once again deliver a beautifully curated and eclectic line-up that the festival’s name has become synonymous with.

Also boasting some truly mesmerizing art installations at the on-site New Media Castle, EC will continue to push the boundaries with incredible works from Robert Henke, James Clar and Clare Hentschker on display. These include hypnotic shapes, complex feedback loops, modulated effects and virtual archives of broken polygons that feel almost real but not quite.

Electric Castle takes place on the outskirts of Romania’s cultural city of Cluj. The festival is set amongst the beautiful grounds of the dramatic Banffy Castle, often being described as Romania’s answer to Versailles.

A hedonistic and immersive experience, Electric Castle is a truly unique festival with a multitude of musical genres to match. By mixing arts and technology with an eclectic musical line-up, unique architectural concept and the breathtaking scenery of the amazing medieval castle, Electric Castle redefines the way people interact with a music festival, breaking the boundaries between electronic music and reggae, mainstream and subculture.

Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky to headline Open’er

Opener

The next headliners announced for Day 2! On July 2, Twenty One Pilots and A$AP Rocky will rock the Orange Main Stage

TWENTY ONE PILOTS

This year the American band is turning 10 years old – and they have so much to celebrate. Thanks to billions of views and streams of songs such as ‘Stressed Out’, ‘Heathens’ or ‘Ride’, a huge number of awards (including Grammy, MTV EMA and Billboard) and one of the most faithful fanbases in the world, Twenty One Pilots are among the most important alternative bands of the decade today. In Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun’s music – rock, electronics, hip-hop and synthesizer-driven alternative pop are combined in a rare symbiosis. The duo has released 5 studio albums. The latest, Trench, was released last year, debuted at No. 2 on Billboard 200 and scored 81/100 on Metacritic. As Tyler Joseph admitted, Twenty One Pilots are already working on their next album.

A$AP ROCKY

After this year’s absence in Gdynia, A$AP Rocky doesn’t give up and joins Open’er 2020! Rakim Mayers began his career as a teenager. In 2007, he joined the famous New York collective A$AP Mob. The debut mixtape Live. Love. A$AP was released in 2011, and the next two albums Long. Live. A$AP (2011) and At. Long. Last. A$AP (2015) debuted at the top of the Billboard 200. His last album was one of the most important rap records of last year. Testing won the critics and fans, gaining the opinion of the most mature work in Flacko’s discography. The nearly hourly album is not full of guests, but those who appear on it – Moby, Frank Ocean, FKA Twigs or Skepta – found themselves perfectly in the company of the main character.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline Reading and Leeds 2016

Reading & Leeds Festivals are excited to announce RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS as the first headliners for 2016.

Taking to the main stage for what promises to be a phenomenal headline set as a FESTIVAL EXCLUSIVE, Red Hot Chili Peppers are; Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. Returning to Reading and Leeds Festival nine years after their last performance there, it’s fair to say their live return is highly anticipated. When the band were asked which UK Festival they would like to play next summer, Chad Smith commented “the simultaneous answer was ‘Reading and Leeds’”

Melvin Benn commented:

“I’m thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2016, as a festival exclusive. Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK's biggest music festival. We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up. It’s going to be our best year yet.”

The 1975 will be making a huge appearance at next year’s festival following the release of their highly anticipated second album. With a gargantuan new stage set up and a fiercely dedicated fan base, their appearance is going to be undeniably special.

Mancunian festival favourites Courteeners will also be returning in majestic fashion in 2016, following the release of ‘Concrete Love’ and a huge show in Heaton Park earlier this summer, priming them for a massive performance.

With a famously visceral live show, Twenty One Pilots appearance at Reading & Leeds 2016 looks set to be nothing short of mind blowing, especially in the wake of their November sold-out UK tour and their recent album Blurryface, which topped the Billboard Charts. 2015 has been a huge year for the guys and with another sold out tour under their belts in February and two nights at Madison Square Garden in the summer, 2016 is set to be another incredible year for this band and their performance at Reading & Leeds will definitely cement them as the most exciting band around right now.

Slaves embody some of the emerging talent on offer at the festival, moving into a bigger slot after storming their performance this year, not to mention their Mercury Prize nomination earlier this month.

Slaves commented: 

“It's always a pleasure to play at Reading and Leeds and it's an honour to be invited back to play again in 2016. The crowds have been good to us and we are always very grateful. The line up is always a gooden and we're looking forward to being part of it and taking things up another level this time. See you there xxx”

Another group known for their raucous live shows, HINDS have undoubtedly proved themselves as one of the finest new bands to surface this year, winning crowds over across Europe with their delightfully ramshackle performance, fans will need to look out for their debut Reading and Leeds performance. RAT BOY is also joining the line up – fresh after a summer of huge shows, including last month’s inaugural Community Festival and a recent tour supporting The 1975, hit singles such as ‘Sign On’ and ‘Fake ID’ will no doubt draw huge sing-alongs.

Rat Boy commented:

“It’s gonna be lit!”

Reading & Leeds favourites Crossfaith will no doubt see a crowd of thousands descend on the legendary Japanese rave-metal group’s performance.

Crossfaith commented:

“It is an absolute honour to be invited to legendary rock festival ‘Reading & Leeds’ three years in a row. We are always feeling your big love for us! Can't wait to party and rock with you guys! See you in da pit! Let's make history!”

Kicking off a huge dance line up, the iconic DJ EZ has also been revealed to perform. A master of his craft, EZ has played to crowds all over the world over the last decade, making him the perfect candidate to get the Reading & Leeds crowd moving.

DJ EZ commented:

"I can't wait for these festivals! Looking forward to seeing you there."