The glorious thing about a UK festival is that you usually know what you’re going to get.
Short shorts and EDM at V Festival, hippies, headliners and everything in between at Glastonbury and and all of the indie at Reading and Leeds .
But ticket holders to the latter got a nasty surprise today when the line-up finally dropped. And instead of being packed with bands and musos, it was chocker block with rap and grime artists.
Outraged fans – who had already spent £205 plus a £16.50 booking fee on tickets – were quick to brand it the ‘worst line up ever’ after it was revealed that US hip hop star Kendrick Lamar is headlining.
There will also be performances from Skepta, Dua Lipa and Diplo, while Fall Out Boy and Kings of Leon will fly the indie flag.
And Twitter was not impressed.
"When you can shine and get bigger due to Glasto being off and you massively mess it up… Reading and Leeds Festival is alternative festival and should concentrate on their niche, not to alienate their core supporters. Seriously, who advised you to so detract from your values?" sniped one commenter.
Some even called for a boycott.
"No Oasis. No Arctic Monkeys. No Stone Roses. Boycott Reading and Leeds!" another poster urged.
One particularly catty commenter remarked, "I swear Reading and Leeds used to be primarily rock music, now its been taken over by the people who attend festivals to wear the latest ‘festival’ outfits and complain about the line up."
"It’s been nearly 5 hours and i am still in disbelief at how bad that reading and leeds line up is. i knew it’d be disappointing, but not that bad…" added one sad fan, and another agreed, "I can’t believe I’ve paid £220 for this ****!"
However, not everyone was gutted with a few brave souls daring to express their excitement on the socials.
"First year I’ve looked at Reading and Leeds and actually thought it looks worth going. Grime, pop punk, acoustic emo, a lil rap metal, mumbling soundcloud rappers, finally it’s something other than rich white boy indie bands headlined by the same rapper they had three years prior," wrote one.
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