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19th July 2017

Transgressive Records takeover for Reading and Leeds announced

Section Boyz, New Gen & Friends, HMLTD, Benny Mails and more

The Alternative Stage returns to Reading and Leeds with Transgressive Records bringing a line-up to ensure the party continues after the headliners have finished. They'll be at Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday/Sunday night, with the stage running from 9.30pm until late.


This year at Leeds Festival will be Section Boyz, MC Benny Mails, HMLTD, New Gen collective plus a cast of special guest performers to be revealed on the day.

Foals return for a DJ set on the Saturday night at Leeds. The band’s Edwin Congreave will be present this year to provide a memorable set of classics and deep cuts.

Reading on Friday night will see a 2 DJ 'battle' set-up, hosted by BBC Radio 1's Huw Stephens, and featuring a number of artists and the team's resident DJs pitted against each other in who can get the biggest sing-alongs. 

"Even after ten years of highlights, last year's Transgressive Takeover at Reading and Leeds was easily our best yet, with revelatory and packed sets from Loyle Carner, Fat White Family, Metronomy and, somewhat surreally, Super Hans of Peep Show fame.

It's an honour to be invited back again in 2017, and we couldn't be more thrilled about who's joining us. On Saturday and Sunday in Leeds, it's all about the best new voices in hip-hop and grime, from Section Boyz to Benny Mails to New Gen, as well as the incredible HMLTD: a band so good I'm still reeling that we didn't sign them to Transgressive.

In Reading, we'll continue our now-legendary silent disco party on Friday night. If scenes from last year are anything to go by, it'll be once again gigantic. Radio 1's Huw Stephens will be closing it out once again before an epic battle with our resident Bless DJs and Jen Long - it's always huge, and a little bit hilarious.

So, once the headliners hit the last note of their final song, you know where to be... come find us."
Toby L, co-founder of Transgressive

Other acts joining the line up across other stages are Yung Fume and Lotto Boyzz, Royal Republic and Dream State.

Reading Festival takes place at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park, Leeds on the 25 to the 27th August 2017

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