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Six massive headliners will take to two main stages at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2021, as the event reveals its expansion.

Now boasting the Main Stage East and Main Stage West on both sites, organisers have also confirmed that there will be no clashes between the headliners each night.

Two main stages at RandL21

Off the back of his Heavy Is The Head release, and following new single Ain’t It Different with AJ Tracey and Headie One, Stormzy will take headline duties on Friday 27 August in Reading and Saturday 28 August in Leeds. He’s joined at the top of the bill by Catfish And The Bottlemen on Main Stage West, returning to Reading and Leeds Festival after five years away.

Post Malone will make his second headline appearance at the festival in as many outings when he repeats the celebrated success of 2019 on Main Stage East on Saturday 28 August in Reading and the following day in Leeds. He’s double-billed with Disclosure, who released their acclaimed full-length ENERGY at the very end of August 2020.

The final pairing hitting the top spots on both main stages are Liam Gallagher – with a catalogue of solo and Oasis material – and the Josh Homme-fronted Queens Of The Stone Age.

The headliners will be joined on the bill by Lewis Capaldi, Two Door Cinema Club, AJ Tracey, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Mabel, MK and more. Organisers have also revealed that Charli XCX, Yungblud, Sigrid, Jack Harlow and Neck Deep.

Reading and Leeds Festival will return to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park from 27 – 29 August 2021, with tickets available from 9:00 on Thursday 3 September 2020.

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Synth-pop pioneers Erasure have announced a string of headline dates for October 2021 in celebration of their latest top five album The Neon. Their highest charting album in over 25 years, it marks another milestone in their five-decade spanning career that has spawned such hits as A Little Respect, Always and Love To Hate You.

Sea Girls have confirmed their biggest tour to date, having recently unveiled their debut full-length Open Up Your Head. The band will perform across the UK in April and May 2021, adding headline dates to their previously rescheduled shows. They will now also take to Liverpool, Newcastle, Leicester, Sheffield, Portsmouth, Oxford, Cambridge and Leeds, as well as Glasgow, Birmingham, London and Manchester.

Tribute outfit Simply Dylan have also revealed headline dates, celebrating Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday. Journeying through the career of one of the world’s most vital singer-songwriters, the tour will kick off in Leeds on 22 May 2021 and includes a headline show at London’s Bush Hall.

Strictly Come Dancing professionals and national favourites Anton Du Beke and Giovanni Pernice have announced that they’ll be teaming up for their first ever joint tour, bringing Anton and Giovanni – Him & Me to venues across the UK in June and July 2021. Directed by Alan Burkitt, who has also worked on the TV series, the live spectacular kicks off its run in Shrewsbury and includes a performance at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.

Blackpool Winter Gardens and Opera House have also confirmed a number of socially distanced live shows and exhibitions, welcoming two productions by Steve Steinman – who rose to prominence as a contestant on ITV’s popular Stars In Their Eyes competition back in 1993.

Steinman, who has since gone on to become a celebrated performer and stage producer, will bring both Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story and Vampires Rock – Ghost Train to the Blackpool Opera House in October 2020.

Blackpool Winter Gardens will also host an exhibition on the innovative creative techniques of the Vikings. Fearsome Craftsmen will open on 19 September 2020, providing a unique insight into how they manipulated everyday materials to forge a new way of life and spread influence across Europe.

Having been forced to close its doors earlier in the year, Sherlock: The Game Is Now returns this week. Merging escape room antics with immersive theatre, and with an extra dose of entertainment to boot, the socially distant activity takes groups into the world of London’s most famous detective, as seen on the hit BBC series.

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Reading and Leeds Festival 2021
Tickets for Reading and Leeds Festival 2021 will be available from 9:00 on Thursday 3 September 2020.
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Tickets for Erasure will be available from 10:00 on Friday 4 September 2020.
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Sea Girls
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Simply Dylan
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Anton and Giovanni – Him & Me
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Anything For Love – The Meat Loaf Story
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Vampires Rock – Ghost Train
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Fearsome Craftsmen
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Sherlock: The Game Is Now
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