Reading & Leeds are thrilled to welcome global superstars and bonafide rock heroes Arctic Monkeys back to headline the Festivals this summer. Nominated for Best British Band at the upcoming BRIT Awards and Best Live Band at the NME Awards, they need no introduction to the Reading & 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 rightful place on the Main Stage in 2006, returning to headline the Festivals with an electrifying set 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?.
One of the most important bands of our time, and with Zane Lowe citing the band as "the last defining moment in rock and roll", this summer the Arctic Monkeys return to Reading & Leeds for an unmissable exclusive Festival headline set in England.
Speaking to NME about Reading & Leeds, Matt Helders said: “We’ve got a lot of history with the festival. It’s the first festival I ever went to – we all went together as kids, with Nick as well. We were 15 or 16 and it was a big deal going to a festival like that on your own”.