Leeds & Reading Festivals 2015: Metallica and Jamie T announced

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American heavy metal superstars Metallica band are the first main stage headliners announced to play Leeds and Reading Festivals 2015.

Following this year’s explosive secret set at Reading, Jamie T will also make the trip to both festival sites in 2015.

Jamie T appearing at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2015

Jamie T appearing at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2015

Pierce The Veil, Wilkinson Live, Refused, Run The Jewels and Manchester Orchestra will also play the two centre festival dates August 28 to 30.

And music fans were again urged to sign up to buy tickets - on sale now - using a £50 instalment plan.

Metallica stars James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Lars Ulrich and Rob Trujillo will take to the Main Stage next August Bank Holiday Weekend, to provide a defining moment of the 2015 festival season.

Returning to the prestigious headline spot for a record fourth time in 2015, the band have a rich history at the festivals, having first headlined Reading Festival 18 years ago.

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Metallica

With a career spanning over three decades and more than 110 million records sold across the world, Metallica are acknowledged as one of the biggest and best live acts on the planet.

Their critically acclaimed film Some Kind of Monster will be re-released on December 15, available for the first time digitally and on Blu-ray.

It includes Metallica: This Monster Lives, a brand new 25-minute feature following up on the last decade with the band.

Lars Ulrich, of Metallica, said: “We are obviously beyond thrilled to be returning to headline the magnificent and mighty double shot at Reading & Leeds for the fourth time. We are practically the house band. Bring it!”

Rival State at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2015

Rival State at Leeds and Reading Festivals 2015

Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “I’m excited to be able to announce Metallica as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2015. “Their amazing live show promises to be a favourite with rock, metal and genuine music fans at the UK’s most important music festival, perfectly topping a bill of brilliant acts from across the genres.

“I’m looking forward to revealing the rest of the Festival line up, which will feature the absolute best of rock, indie, dance and hip hop and will only add to the amazing atmosphere that make Reading & Leeds so special.”

Fresh from a hugely successful sold out UK tour and the release of third album Carry On The Grudge this autumn, Jamie T is also announced. One of the hottest acts of the moment and an exciting addition to the Festival line-up.

Fresh from their highly anticipated fourth studio album, Californian post-hardcore favourites Pierce The Veil will be making their long-awaited Reading and Leeds debut in 2015.

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage drum 'n' bass maestro Wilkinson

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage drum 'n' bass maestro Wilkinson

Vic Fuentes from the band comments: “We’ve been dying to do these Festivals ever since we started touring in the UK! It’s such an honour to be a part of something that people wait all year round to see.”

With his set this year proving to be one of the defining moments on the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, drum ‘n’ bass maestro Wilkinson is no stranger to Reading & Leeds.

Stepping up his live show yet another notch following his ‘Lazers Not Included’ tour, he will be returning to the Festival in 2015. Refused have become one of the most influential heavy bands of a generation.

The Swedish punk band’s now legendary album ‘The Shape Of Punk To Come’ fused noisy hardcore, post-punk, techno and jazz to create an entirely original sound.

Since reforming for shows in 2012, the band have returned stronger than ever with a live set that shows the true scope of their musical legacy.

With two critically acclaimed albums released in the last two years, Run The Jewels are arguably the hottest hip-hop act on the planet.

Making their Reading & Leeds debut next year, rap veterans Killer Mike and El-P’s performance promises to be essential festival viewing.

Manchester Orchestra will make their third trip to Reading & Leeds in 2015.

Following the release of fourth album ‘Cope’ and this year’s stripped down alternate version ‘Hope’, their appearances at the Festivals will be a summer highlight for indie-rock fans.

TICKET INFORMATION

Second batch of tickets for Reading & Leeds 2015 are on sale now.

Weekend tickets £205.00 plus £8 booking fee + postage ● Early entry permits £20 ● Campervan permits £75.00 ● Lockers £16.00 ● Reading car parking £10.00 ● Weekend ticket prices include camping

You can secure your ticket with the festival’s £50 instalment plan. To save a spot at Reading & Leeds 2015, simply put down £50 to bag your place, then the balance in monthly instalments.

Tickets are limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online at www.seetickets.com. Or call the Credit Card line on 0871 231 0821. Calls cost 10p per minute plus standard network charges

For a full list of national outlets, plus details of luxury camping options, visit www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com.

Children 12 and under are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Please note there is no separate children’s area at this event.