BBC Music will celebrate the legacy of Reading and Leeds Festival with a weekend of live music and entertainment from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 August 2020 when this year’s festival was due to take place.
BBC Sounds, BBC Music Introducing, BBC Radio 1, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Radio 1Xtra will be joining forces to bring the magic of Reading and Leeds to music fans in the UK and around the world.
Highlights include a pop-up BBC iPlayer channel streaming archived live sets from the festival’s history between midday and midnight from Friday – Sunday, with performances from Anne Marie, Biffy Clyro, Charli XCX, Enter Shikari, Muse, Queens of the Stone Age, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sigrid, Stefflon Don, The Libertines, Pale Waves, The 1975, and many more to be announced.
On Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm on Radio 1, Dev and Jordan North will host two special shows featuring some of their favourite past live performances from Reading and Leeds, including Billie Eilish and The 1975, while on Sunday, Dan P Carter and Jack Saunders will go head to head with some of their favourite rock and indie tracks from artists who have performed over the years at the festival. On Monday 31 August, Radio 1’s Rock Show will cover the slot for Radio 1’s Future Sounds with Annie Mac (7pm-9pm), with Dan P Carter playing out more festival highlights from some of the biggest rock acts who have graced the stages.
Over on BBC Radio 1Xtra, fans can tune in throughout the day on Friday and Saturday to hear select live tracks from 1Xtra artists at Reading and Leeds over the years, including AJ Tracey, J Hus and Wizkid.
Special editions of The BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC Radio 6 Music (Sundays, 1am-2am) and BBC Music Introducing on Radio 1 with Huw Stephens (Sundays, 11pm-1am), will celebrate Reading and Leeds with some of standout archive performances from the BBC Music Introducing Stage.
Local Introducing shows across BBC Radio Leeds, BBC Radio York, BBC Radio Humberside and BBC Radio Sheffield will come together in a four-way simulcast (Saturday, 8pm-10pm) to celebrate Introducing acts from across the North of England who have performed at the festival, while BBC Music Introducing in Berkshire will recognise Introducing artists from Reading and the surrounding areas (Saturday, 8pm-9pm). Across the weekend all 36 of BBC Music Introducing’s local radio shows will play out past live performances at the festival by Introducing artists from their own local areas.
TV and iPlayer
BBC Four will broadcast highlights from last year’s headline set from rock titans Foo Fighters at Reading Festival (Friday night, 12am-2am).
A pop-up BBC iPlayer channel streaming live sets from the festival’s history between midday and midnight from Friday – Sunday, with performances from Anne Marie, Biffy Clyro, Charli XCX, Enter Shikari, Muse, Queens Of The Stone Age, Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Sigrid, Stefflon Don, The Libertines, Pale Waves, The 1975, and many more to be announced.
A selection of performances from the BBC Music Introducing Stage at Reading Festival in years gone by will be available on BBC iPlayer, including The Big Moon, Georgia and Olivia Nelson.
BBC Music Introducing’s Hot List mix will feature a selection of the 20 freshest tracks from the BBC Music Introducing Uploader from new and emerging artists who would have been put forward to play the festival by the local Introducing shows across the UK.
Fans will also be able to enjoy a range of classic performances from across the festival’s stages, including from the likes of Billie Eilish and Wolf Alice, as well as specially curated music mixes.