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6 Bands We Hope Will Be Headlining Festivals In Two Years’ Time

Andy Biddulph
Andy Biddulph 1 March 2016 at 18.59


Earlier today, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy were announced as co-headliners for Reading & Leeds Festival. While Biffy have been there before, their slot is a huge step up for Fall Out Boy.

But who's on their tail? Here's who we reckon / hope / pray will be topping festival bills from our scene in the next couple of years or so.

WILL SOMEBODY JUST BOOK THEM ALREADY?! On just before Metallica, they stormed Reading & Leeds last year. They hit the top of album of the year lists all over with 'That's The Spirit', and now they have the biggest modern metal tour of 2016 in the works.

Bring Me The Horizon have the stage show, the swagger and most importantly, now they have the songs that mean a festival headline slot simply has to happen.

They're already headlining Hevy Festival this summer. We know. But surely this specactular show won't go ignored past that. It doesn't hurt that Shikari have quietly gone about assembling a banger-filled back catalogue, either.

The rise and rise (and rise) of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun will end in a triumphant festival headline set somewhere. Everything they touch seems to turn to gold and results in sold-out tours, 500,000-selling albums and an outrageously devoted fanbase who'll swarm wherever their band appears. Whenever Twenty One Pilots do top a festival bill, you can bet it's gonna be sick as frick.

They may have co-headlined Reading & Leeds with (and promptly blown off the stage) Queens Of The Stone Age a couple of years back, but with another album (hopefully) coming this year, Paramore seem ready to make the step up.

Don't believe us? Just watch.

The old guard still rules supreme when it comes to metal festival headliners, but nothing lasts forever. It's a good job metal has a bank of young(ish) bands preparing to take over from the likes of Iron Maiden and AC/DC, then. The past twelve months has seen Parkway Drive release a beefy, more accessible album and start to set everything on fire at their shows. Seems like they've got this festival headlining thing figured out already...

The Wildcard. They only have one album and a couple of UK tours under their belts, but Lynn, Alex and Brian's rise so far has been nothing short of stratospheric. The follow-up to 'White Noise' has the potential to be a crossover smash, and if that happens, expect to be seeing PVRIS high up on festival posters in the not-too-distant future.

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