Reading and Leeds Festival 2010 Tickets and Line-up Speculation

Posted: 26th March 2010
Reading Festival

I wish I could read minds because then I would know who's playing at the biggest music weekend of the year (if you count Leeds and Reading together over Glasto of course). But we will just have to wait that little bit longer for the announcement which is some time on Monday (29th March) - in the morning, in the afternoon or perhaps 6.30PM. Tickets will then go on sale at 6.45PM, which gives you not-very-long to gawp at a list of names that may or may not make your jowls fill with saliva and your buttons to burst. I reckon this year's will be amazing, just like the weather will be. Yes it will.

Last year's line up was a bit tasty - Radiohead, Kings of Leon, Prodigy, Arctic Monkeys, Ian Brown, Faith No More and Placebo were just some of the big names in 2009, while 2008 was also pretty eye-watering with Metallica, Rage Against The Machine and The Killers leading the pack.

So who d'ya reckon is playing this year eh? (adopts Lloyd Grossman voice) 'Who's playing at a festival like this?' We love a bit of speculation so, purely for a laugh, here are some ideas.

The usual suspects are Dizzee Rascal, Florence and the Machine and The XX with a little bit of Delphic and The Prodigy mixed in but we're agreed that Suede probably enjoyed themselves so much this week at the Royal Albert Hall, they will want to do it again at a festival.

Metallica might be tempted to fly in on the back of Sonisphere and Them Crooked Vultures will have some Volume 2 sneakage going on as well. And what about Rage Against The Machine, eh? Well, you never know.

John Lydon seems to be enjoying his lot at the moment so he might well fancy a PiL UK festival slot again (although they are playing the Electric Picnic Festival on Sep 3rd) and Noel Gallagher is back on the road pretty damn soon as well - it might be amusing if Damon Albarn turns up with his Gorillaz in tow. I'll also just end with The White Stripes with a slight cough - well, Jack has hinted at new material for a while now ....

Don't forget that the festivals run from 27th to 29th August (Bank Holiday Weekend) and as soon as we see the line-up, we'll spill the beans.

So, how did we do?

Well, in truth not too great, but not too bad either, with two of our predicted eleven making the cut: Dizzee Rascal - who plays the main stage at Leeds on Friday, Reading on Saturday and Delphic who play the NME stage at Reading on Friday, Leeds on Sunday. That's an 18% success rate, stat fans!

Paul Pledger