Music fans have expressed mixed feelings over the Reading and Leeds festivals line-up, with many airing their disappointment that Arctic Monkeys are not on the bill.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has been confirmed as one of the four headliners along with rock bands Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon and Panic! at the Disco.
However, the absence of a number of bands has been met with derision from some and the line-up has also been dubbed “incredibly underwhelming”.
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One music fan wrote on Twitter: “Don’t know what to say about the Reading and Leeds line-up. Where’s Green Day, Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters?
“So glad I didn’t buy my ticket early, pains me to say it but I might not bother this year. #RnL2018.”
Don’t know what to say about the Reading and Leeds line-up. Where’s Green Day, Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters? So glad I didn’t buy my ticket early, pains me to say it but I might not bother this year. #RnL2018— Chris Williams (@CW_182) February 13, 2018
One said that they were “raging” about the absence of Arctic Monkeys – who are making their comeback this year – from the line-up, while another tweeted the Reading and Leeds Twitter account and quipped that they had “misspelled” the Sheffield rock band’s name.
where are the arctic monkeys on the reading and leeds line up though? raging— lauren 🍒✨ (@laurenjade98_) February 13, 2018
Sorry I think you misspelled Arctic Monkeys 🐒— 🎃Tom McSpooooky🎃 (@TomMcNultyPoet) February 13, 2018
Along with a gif of John Travolta’s character in Pulp Fiction searching a room, one wrote: “Looking for Arctic Monkeys and Foo Fighters in the Reading and Leeds fest line up like.”
“In a year packed with some great line-ups, something has gone awfully wrong at Reading and Leeds HQ. A cancellation maybe?” one asked.
In a year packed with some great line-ups, something has gone awfully wrong at Reading and Leeds HQ. A cancellation maybe? pic.twitter.com/zB5c4mOzP3— NorthernChorus.co.uk (@NorthernChorus_) February 13, 2018
Another said: “Well, the Reading and Leeds line-up is incredibly underwhelming. I’d be disappointed if I was going.”
Well, the Reading and Leeds line-up is incredibly underwhelming. I'd be disappointed if I was going— Dan Higginson (@TheRealBatDan) February 13, 2018
One shared a close-up of part of small print on the poster that reads “bill subject to change”, and quipped: “Just going to zoom into my favourite part of the Reading and Leeds Festival Line up #RandL18.”
Another said that the festival was trying to “please so many people” rather than focusing on one genre, and described it as a “Frankenstein” line-up.
I wish Reading and Leeds would stop trying to please so many people and work out who their market is. That is one frankenstein of a line up.— PAT PAT BINKS (@patpatbinks) February 13, 2018
However, the upset over the line-up was predictable for some, with one music fan saying: “The annual meltdown about Reading and Leeds’ line up gets funnier every year.”
The annual meltdown about Reading and Leeds’ line up gets funnier every year— Dan (@dantaaylor) February 13, 2018
There were a number of people who did express joy over the acts on the billing for this year’s event.
“THE READING AND LEEDS LINE UP IS SO DIVERSE I LOVE IT AHHH,” one wrote excitedly.
One said: “Everyone seems to like a moan but Reading and Leeds lineups don’t look that bad to me. Post Malone, Kendrick, Waterparks and Panic! are the standouts in my opinion.”
“Okay reading and leeds lineup isn’t that bad, v tempted rn,” another added.
Other confirmed acts for Reading and Leeds, which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend, include Dua Lipa, Skepta, Sum 41, Sigrid, The Wombats and Wolf Alice.