EVEN before Glastonbury took the crown of king of festivals, lovers of rock were descending on the banks of the River Thames to shake their stuff to the latest, noisiest, new bands.

Reading Festival is still going strong – and is still putting on cutting edge bills aimed at a younger crowd.

This week, the festival, which takes place on Little John’s Farm, – just a pint pot’s throw over the county boundary – announced its 2020 line-up, and it features some real gems, as well as lots of stuff you’ve probably never heard of; which is just as it should be.

Headlining are Rage Against The Machine and Stormzy, alongside the already announced Liam Gallagher. They are joined by over 90 names set to play the famously grungy site off Richfield Avenue – and its sister festival in Leeds – over the August Bank Holiday weekend (August 28-30). Tickets went on sale today.

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Rage Against The Machine formed in 1991, rising to acclaim with their fiercely anti-establishment sound merging hip hop, punk and thrash. The band have sold over 16 million records, and are one of the loudest voices in modern music. Never afraid to speak their minds or point the finger at injustice, their previous Reading and Leeds performances have gone down in history – and this year’s headline slot should be no different.

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Songs like Killing In the Name and Guerrilla Radio still resonate with the masses, and the Los Angeles legends are unmissable.

If Rage are a blast from the past, Stormzy is today’s artist and the name on everybody’s lips. A true showman, his remarkable ascent has been accompanied by his honest and relatable personality and social and political conscience.

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Last year’s critically acclaimed No 1 album Heavy Is The Head is testament to this; a record that is home to a necessary and important dialogue that’s equally fiery as it is refreshingly vulnerable. His well-earned headline slot will be colossal.

While he made his name in the 90s, Liam’s rise as a solo artist has been stratospheric in the past 12 months; his documentary As It Was, a second solo album Why Me? Why Not, and a triumphant sold out UK tour.

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Other artists include Northampton rapper slowthai, Scottish singer songwriter Gerry Cinnamon, Two Door Cinema Club, Sam FenderCourteeners, Rex Orange County, Tom Grennan, and ONR, Migos, Gerry Cinnamon, AJ Tracey, D-Block Europe, Run the Jewels, Mabel, Aitch, Idles, All Time Low, Inhaler, Dermot Kennedy, Mahalia, Fontaines D.C., Beabadoobee, MK, Fever 333, Denzel Curry, Girl in Red, M Huncho, Blackbear, KSI, Wilkinson, Hannah Wants and Lady Leshurr.

See readingandleedsfestival.com

New names:

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE

STORMZY

JOIN PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED HEADLINER:

LIAM GALLAGHER

COURTEENERS | MIGOS | GERRY CINNAMON

AJ TRACEY | D-BLOCK EUROPE | RUN THE JEWELS

TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB | REX ORANGE COUNTY

SAM FENDER | SLOWTHAI | MABEL | AITCH |IDLES ALL TIME LOW | INHALER | DERMOT KENNEDY MAHALIA | FONTAINES D.C.| BEABADOOBEE

MK | FEVER 333 | DENZEL CURRY | GIRL IN RED

M HUNCHO| BLACKBEAR | KSI | WILKINSON HANNAH WANTS | LADY LESHURR

Also announced:

070 SHAKE | ARRESTED YOUTH | AS IT IS | ASHNIKKO | BLACK PEAKS | BLADEE | BLOXX

BR3NYA | THE BRONX | CANCER BATS | CREEPER | DANNY BROWN | DECLAN MCKENNA

DELTA HEAVY PRESENT BEYOND | DIGDAT | DOM DOLLA | DUNE RATS | EASY LIFE | FICKLE FRIENDS GALLOWS | GARZI | GEORGIA | GHETTS | GRYFFIN | THE HARA | HEADIE ONE | HO99O9

HOLDING ABSENCE | HYBRID MINDS | THE HUNNA | IANN DIOR | JAWS | JAY1 | JOY CROOKES JPEGMAFIA | LYRA | MAE MULLER | THE MAINE | NARROW HEAD | NASCAR ALOE | OFB | ONR

PA SALIEU | SANTI | SEA GIRLS | SHAYBO | SL | SLEEPING WITH SIRENS | SOLARDO | SONNY FODERA SPECTOR | SPORTS TEAM | TIFFANY CALVER | TOM GRENNAN | TREVOR DANIEL | VULPYNES WALLOWS | WATERPARKS | YOUNG T & BUGSEY