Two big names line up for a covert performance at Reading & Leeds 2023

Reading and Leeds festivals return this week, and speculation has already begun about possible secret performances.

The 2023 edition of this two-venue event will take place on Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds from 25-27 August. You can buy your remaining tickets here.

This year’s T&L will be headlined by Billie Eilish, Sam Fender, The 1975, The Killers, Sirraigh and Imagine Dragons. Also appearing on the bill are the likes of Wet Leg, Central Cee, Inhaler, Steve Lacy and Knucks.

Yesterday (August 21), Soft Play – formerly known as Slaves – announced that they will be performing at Republic Stage Festival in Reading on Saturday (August 26) and Leeds on Sunday (August 27).

There are now rumors that Girl In Red and Bombay Bicycle Club may appear as special surprise guests.

As Leeds Live reports, Ticketmaster currently includes the Reading & Leeds dates when searching for the former name Marie Ulven on its website.

The Norwegian singer-songwriter is set to perform at London’s All Points East on Friday (August 25) and Monday (August 28) opening for The Strokes/Yeah Yeahs Yeahs and Haim respectively. Girl In Red, which last performed at the R&L in 2021, is free on Saturdays and Sundays as of this writing.

Bombay Bicycle Club, for its part, has hinted that it may also appear at the venue. Following the release of their latest single “Diving”, featuring Holly Humberstone, the group shared a post from Reading & Leeds’ official Twitter account on Twitter.

“If there was a way we could touch this [tema] on the @OfficialRandL stage this year 🤔,” wrote Bombay Bicycle Club. “I’ll be working on something 👀.”

The band will be playing at Bristol’s Rough Trade on Thursday (August 24), but appear to be available for the next three days.

Humberstone will play Premier League East in Reading on Saturday and Leeds on Sunday.

You can check the full line-up and stage schedules for Reading & Leeds 2023 here , and check the latest weather forecasts for both venues here .

In another order, T&L organizers have confirmed that they have tightened security to “put an end” to drug dealers working in the centers, and have banned bonfires, barbecues and disposable vapes.

Come back to NME here for the latest Reading & Leeds 2023 news, reviews, interviews, photos and more

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