Fall Out Boy Pete Wentz
Fall Out Boy, fronted by Pete Wentz, will perform at Reading on Friday 26 August and Leeds on Sunday 28 August Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for Tuner

Reading & Leeds Festival 2016 is just hours away from kicking off, bringing the summer to a close. The annual music event boasts one of the most eclectic festival lineups with the likes of Red Hot Chili Peppers, Boy Better Know, Disclosure and Chvrches at the top of the bill. Trekking between stages at the sprawling sites can be a big task so which acts are definitely worth watching?

Taking place from 26 to 28 August, tens of thousands of festival-goers will flock to Reading's Little John's Farm on Richfield Avenue and Leeds' Bramham Park at Wetherby. Before the Reading & Leeds sites fill with music fans, IBTimes UK rounds-up some of the acts you will not want to miss.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The American rock band's headline set is perfect timing as the band released their 11th studio album The Getaway in June 2016. Band members Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer will perform the singles Dark Necessities and Go Robot in addition to previously notable tracks Under The Bridge and Scar Tissue.

Boy Better Know

What a year it has been for Skepta and his iconic grime collective. Thanks to their frontman and the commercial success of his album Konnichiwa, the group have been a prominent fixture on the festival circuit this summer. Skepta will no doubt perform the songs Shut Down and That's Not Me from the new album while BBK will hit the stage for their classic Too Many Man and their individual hits.


The east London MC has emerged as the most promising new talent to front grime music in 2016. Stormzy has garnered mainstream attention with his catchy tracks Know Me From and Shut Up. There is always good energy when Stormzy hits that stage.

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Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foals are leading the Reading & Leeds Festival 2016 lineup Reading & Leeds Festival

Eagles Of Death Metal

The American rock band have not had the easiest year following events of the Paris attacks in November 2015 but they have turned their fortune around. Festival-goers can expect to hear songs from the band's four albums including 2015's Zipper Down and with positive reviews of their current tour, it promises to be worth the watch.

The 1975

Matt Healy and co rarely disappoint in putting on a good performance with their collection of eclectic, alternative pop easy on the ear. Their second album I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It offers something for everyone whether it's the chilled vibes of Somebody Else or the gentle rockier tones of Love Me.

Skepta and his grime collective Boy Better Know will put on a not-to-be-missed show at Reading & Leeds 2016 ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP/Getty Images

Imagine Dragons

It's been a while since fans have heard new music from Imagine Dragons but their chart-topping 2015 collection Smoke + Mirrors still sounds just as fresh. Revel in the band's hit singles both old and new from their 2012 classic Radioactive to the more recent Sucker For Pain.

Jack U

EDM has dominated the airwaves this summer so who better to watch than two of the genre's biggest hitmakers? Skrillex and Diplo have brought their geniuses together to form Jack U, producing Justin Bieber's monster hit Where Are U Now.

The best of the rest: Fall Out Boy, Foals, Disclosure, Nas, Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, Two Door Cinema Club.

Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons will perform songs from their Smoke Mirrors album at Reading & Leeds Festival 2016 Kevin Winter/Getty Images