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Twin Atlantic and CHVRCHES to take centre stage at Reading and Leeds 2019

Written by on 31st January 2019

Abbie Meehan

Twin Atlantic are looking to light up the main stage at this year’s Reading and Leeds festival, in a line-up sending waves through the music community.

Fellow Scottish band CHVRCHES are also playing, ending the weekend alongside Bastille on the BBC Radio 1 stage.

Chloe Burrell, Head of Music at Radio Caley, had this to say: “I think it is a really different line-up and will attract a different kind of audience to years previous. There is something for every genre lover and it is looking to be an exciting weekend!”

It seems to be shaping up to be a good year for Scottish bands, with the raw talent finally being recognised in other parts of the UK.

What do the public think?

When it comes to the rest of the line-up however, there has been a lot of mixed reviews when it comes to the calibre of the headliners.

For instance, it has been noted that there has not been a female-based headliner at the festival since Paramore in 2014, and has been the only female headliner in the last decade.

This tweet sums up the thoughts that the diversity of headliners has become a figment of our imagination:

Rock staples Foo Fighters return to the main stage six years since they last appeared at the festival, an act welcomed by fans everywhere.

However, there has been some negative reactions to the number of American acts headlining. For instance, Post Malone and Twenty-One Pilots will co-headline the third day of the festival, neither having headlined the festival before.

Many are comparing this year’s line-up to those of old, with the 2011 line-up having the likes of Muse, The Strokes and My Chemical Romance as headliners.

It seems to me that some of the more experienced Reading/Leeds fans are afraid that the festival is divulging into something of mainstream mush, and wasn’t the rock extravaganza it once was.

Overall, there has been a bonus for Scottish artists in this year’s line-up, but a big disappointment when it comes to diversity and staying true to what Reading & Leeds has always been about: a festival for the rockers of our generation.

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