Record breaker Frank Turner added to Leeds Festival line-up

Frank Turner on a previous Leeds Festival appearance. Picture: Ian Harber
Frank Turner on a previous Leeds Festival appearance. Picture: Ian Harber

Frank Turner is set to appear at the Leeds Festival for a record breaking tenth year in succession after being confirmed as one of a big number of additions to the line-up for the summer’s big music spectacular announced this morning.

After breaking the record for consecutive appearances at Reading & Leeds last year with his ninth straight set, festival hero Frank Turner is set to make it a decade of singalongs and heart-on-your-sleeve performances as he takes to the stage this summer.

His catalogue of distinctively British anthems has seen the troubadour stand as a true Reading & Leeds icon. Celebrating his tenth appearance in a row, Frank will open the Main Stage with a truly unique set this summer.

On his appearance, he said: “I’m very happy to be making my tenth annual return to Reading and Leeds Festival this summer. That’s the record, by miles and I’m proud of it.

“They’ve always been supportive of my career, loyal to me, and I’m more than happy to repay that in kind. It’s the best festival in the UK.”

Leeds has added even more names to the Bank Holiday weekend mecca of music, with over 70 names announced today across six stages.

Leading the additions is New York hip-hop royalty Nas, who will be bringing his untouchable catalogue of defining anthems to Leeds this summer in a UK Festival Exclusive.

His set on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage this summer is sure to be a welcomed reminder as to why he remains a true pioneer of hip-hop.

Revered grime kingpin Kano will be bringing to an electric headline set on the BBC 1Xtra Stage while pop-punk trailblazers Good Charlotte will be returning to headline the intimate Lock Up Stage, Coheed And Cambria are set for a mammoth return on the Main Stage and Mastodon bring their heavy rhythms to The Pit with a hugely anticipated headline performance.

With huge headline performances set from the already announced Jack Ü, Two Door Cinema Club and The 1975, the BBC RADIO 1/NME Stage now has the addition of Australian rock morphers Tonight Alive; Mancunion buzz-rockers Spring King, the swirling pop dreams of Sunset Sons, translucent movers Haelos and the heavy punch of Black Foxxes.

The Festival Republic Stage will be headlined by the previously announced Maximo Park along with new additions the Australian euphoric dreamers The Temper Trap and Gaslight Anthem frontman Brian Fallon And The Crowes who will be bringing his emotionally charged debut solo release Painkillers to the festival.

Sungazing, psychedelica, pin-up BØRNS will bring his electro Love to Leeds this summer, while the hotly tipped Americana-soaked Clean Cut Kid will touch down for a hotly anticipated set. Heroes for the Leeds heavy scene will be aplenty with Eagulls and Pulled Apart by Horses destined to tear down the tent, with the enigmatic and unpredictable sound of Ezra Furman also set to bring his universally acclaimed catalogue of tracks to the Festival Republic Stage.

The festival is once again leading the way in fresh new music and the headliners of tomorrow before anyone else, with further names announced for the Festival Republic Stage today including VANT, The Magic Gang,Blaenavon, The Hunna, LANY, The Sherlocks, DMA’s, Rationale, Beach Baby, Transviolet, Isaac Gracie, Lewis Del Mar, LUH, Otherkin, Anteros, The Beach, The Vyrll Society, Area 52 and Tibet.

With an array of names from across the rock world, The Pit/Lock-Up Stage is the go-to home of all things heavy. Alongside Good Charlotte returning for a incredibly special headline set and stone drivers Mastodon topping the bill, Californian rock pioneers Thrice will return with a hotly anticipated set filled with classics and fresh cuts alike. Hacktivist will be bringing an unparalleled live experience to the stage this summer, while the anthemic refrains of Nothing More and the grunge kicks of Milk Teeth are destined to steal the stage.

In a seismic coming together of rock icons, supergroup Giraffe Tongue Orchestra will make a landmark appearance at the festival as members of Alice in Chains, Mastodon, Dillinger Escape Plan, Dethklok and The Mars Volta combine for an unmissable performance.

Further additions include the potent and brash rhymes of MGK, Heck, ROAM, Beach Slang, SWMRS, Superheaven, Big Spring and Waterparks.

Bringing together the hottest names from both sides of the Atlantic, the BBC 1Xtra Stage is set for its biggest lineup to date, with Kano, Travi$ Scott and G-Eazy headlining across the weekend. New additions today include teenage slacker-rap sensation Yung Lean who has taken the world by storm with his unique flow and style, underground US wordsmith Hoodie Allen, the soulful tones of Maverick Sabre and the in-demand producer responsible for the most played and revered hip-hop tracks of recent times after working with Drake, Kanye West, Future and many more; Metro Boomin.

Little Simz will take to the BBC 1Xtra Stage stage, while the rise of grime continues with Fekky, Geko and Manchester’s Bugzy Maloneall dropping in across the weekend for quick-fire and relentless rhymes.

Critically acclaimed US star Logic will be bringing his very own slant to proceedings alongside appearances over the weekend from K.Flay, Franko Fraize and Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.

Already soaked with unmistakable dance royalty, the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will be full of electronic boundary-pushers throughout the weekend, with new additions today including PC Music titan Sophie.

Fellow PC Music stalwart Danny L Harle will also bring the tectonic beats this summer, with the deep blues and soul of Brighton’s Rag’n’Bone Man also destined to serenade the stage. Dark bass honcho Friction will take to the decks over the bank holiday weekend, with further drum and bass takedowns set from Fred V & Grafix and Delta Heavy.

After recently supporting The 1975 on their world tour, the hotly tipped electro-soul soother The Japanese House will mesmerise Leeds with her emotional masterclass. The Girl Is Mine chart supremos 99 Souls are set to bring the sunshine across the weekend, with experimental-house heavyweight Redlight and neo-soul groovers Lion Babe bringing their own refreshing beats that are sure to get the masses moving.

With further performances from Zac Samuel, Tkay Maidza, Hermitude, Lemaitre, Low Steppa, Draper and James Organover the weekend, the electronic souls and sounds are set to ring out from the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage this year.

Weekend tickets for the Leeds Festival are £205 + £8 booking fee with day tickets £59.50 + £7 booking fee. Visit www.leedsfestival.com