Reading and Leeds Festival have dropped the first wave of the line-up for its 2022 festival, with Arctic Monkeys, Dave and Rage Against the Machine announced as headliners.
The massive line-up also includes Bring Me The Horizon, Halsey, and Megan Thee Stallion.
Leeds Festival is set to return to Bramham Park between August 26 to 28, The Hoot reports.
Yorkshire favourites Arctic Monkeys will wrap up the huge festival on the main stage on Sunday night.
The indie icons have been slowly announcing their European tour dates over the past few weeks.
This will be the third time that the band have headlined Reading and Leeds Festival.
On Friday, Rage Against the Machine, Run the Jewels, Halsey and Bastille are all set to play across both main stages, whilst Saturday has Dave, Polo G, Little Simz, Megan the Stallion and Glass Animals on their line-ups.
Arctic Monkeys will follow the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, Wolf Alice, Fontaines DC and Enter Shikari on the main stages, with many more set to be announced in the lead up to the 2022 festival.
The announcement also informed fans that there will be two main stages next year and no clashes between the artists released.
Additional artists appearing across the weekend include: Arddee, Chloe Moriondo, Denzel Curry, Hybrid Minds, Pale Waves, Jack Harlow, Jxdn, Kid Brunswick, Madison Beer, Tai Verdes, The Lathumas, Wilkinson, Circa Waves, Fever 333, Griff, Joy Crookes, PinkPantheress and Wallows.
Reading and Leeds Festival will take place from August 26 to 28, 2022, during its usual August Bank Holiday slot.
This morning, the official Reading and Leeds Festival social media pages announced the line-up as pre-sale tickets for Three and Barclay card users went on sale.
General release tickets will go on sale from 9am on Friday.
Featured image: Zackery Michael / Leeds Festival
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Manchester is OFFICIALLY in the running to host Eurovision
The potential host cities for Eurovision 2023 have been announced this morning – and Manchester is officially in with a chance.
The UK has stepped in to host the global singing contest in place of this year’s winners, Ukraine.
As our nation was runner-up this year with Sam Ryder’s Spaceman giving us our biggest success in years, it’s over to the UK to welcome all the countries taking part.
Cities have been announcing their bids for several weeks, with 20 expressions of interest to host sent in.
But it’s a complicated event, so those who wish to host need to actually have a suitable venue and the financial contribution too, and demonstrate that they will celebrate and honour Ukrainian culture and artists.
The shortlist of seven cities has just been announced live on BBC Radio Two, on Zoe Ball’s breakfast show.
The full shortlist for the cities that may host Eurovision in 2023:
If Manchester is successful, Eurovision will take place at the AO Arena in the city centre, Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig has announced.
She said: “We are thrilled to have made it through to the next stage to become the 2023 Eurovision host city.
“Manchester stands ready to put on the biggest party in the UK at the city’s AO Arena, taking our place in Eurovision’s unique history.
“We have a large and proud Ukrainian community in Manchester. It would be our privilege to host this iconic celebration on their behalf and we will do everything we can to honour them throughout.”
“We’re exceptionally grateful that the BBC has accepted to stage the Eurovision Song Contest in the UK in 2023,” said Martin Österdahl, the Eurovision Song Contest’s Executive Supervisor.
“The BBC has taken on hosting duties for other winning countries on four previous occasions. Continuing in this tradition of solidarity, we know that next year’s Contest will showcase the creativity and skill of one of Europe’s most experienced public broadcasters whilst ensuring this year’s winners, Ukraine, are celebrated and represented throughout the event.”
The final decision will be based on scoring criteria from the BBC and the EBU.
It’s expected that the host city will officially be announced in the autumn.
Featured image: EBU / Corinne Cumming
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Mani from The Stone Roses is throwing a fundraising party with his wife following cancer diagnosis
Gary ‘Mani’ Mounfield and his wife Imelda are throwing a massive fundraising night to raise money for The Christie and The Stockport Charitable Trust.
The wife of the Stone Roses legend was diagnosed with stage 4 bowel cancer in November 2020, and has been undergoing gruelling treatment and surgeries ever since.
The pair, who have nine-year-old twins together, will curate an evening of first-class entertainment at The Kimpton Clocktower Hotel’s ballroom in Manchester city centre.
This is The One: Let’s Kick Cancer’s Arse will be taking place during Mani’s birthday week, with raffle and auction prizes donated by bands, footballers, actors, venues and promoters.
Imelda is an events agent who says: “Both charities have supported me through my journey. Cancer affects not just the person who has it, but everyone around them, and I hope that by investing in some more research, we can help alleviate some of the devastation caused to families.”
Mani added: “When life deals you a pair of twos, you must get your game face on! The past two years since my wife’s diagnosis have been brutal in so many ways, but it’s also opened our eyes to so many things.
“This disease needs to be eradicated – we feel duty bound to do our bit to achieve this. So everybody, get on board, dig deep, help out, we will win!”
By the time Imelda was diagnosed with bowel cancer, it had already spread to her liver and a small nodule in her lung, she wrote on her own JustGiving page.
She said: “I underwent emergency life-saving bowel surgery at it perforated. I had Covid and appendicitis for my first 3 chemo sessions, which were missed.
“I thought I was going down to the theatre to confirm appendicitis. Nobody heard anything for 9 hrs. Hence I woke with no small colon and an ileostomy stoma instead.
“Fast forward 6 months of treatments and breaks while they considered surgery, I had the right side of my liver removed.