Rock fans outraged as Reading and Leeds Festival organisers announce line-up full of grime and rap stars

Music fans who paid £220 for tickets to rock festivals Reading and Leeds reacted in fury after the line-up revealed several rap and grime artists were on the bill.

The festival’s organisers published what is arguably their most diverse line-up to date on Twitter this morning, but it was met with outrage from some.

Thousands of music lovers had already forked out £205 plus a £16.50 booking fee to attend the three-day event, which is held on August Bank Holiday weekend.

But some of those expecting a rock-dominated festival reacted in horror when they discovered that American rapper Kendrick Lamar was announced as a headliner.

The line-up features a mixture of rock, punk and indie acts such as Fall Out Boy, Kings of Leon and Sum 41, alongside rap and grime artists like Skepta, Wretch 32 and Kendrick Lamar.

Outraged rock fans took to Twitter to vent their outrage.

Robert Howlett, wrote: “Reading and Leeds has lost its identity!! I remember when it was good!! Pure rock and indie music it was the best around now its ruined!! Sort it out chaps!! Real music please, embarrassing!!

Jack Robinson described the bill as “one of the worst line-ups I’ve ever seen… missed opportunity with no Glastonbury. It’s 2018 not 2008.”

Another furious music fan wrote: “I’d rather sit in a field and do some actual reading than go to Reading festival. Appalling line up.”

Kendrick Lamar: The rap star is to headline Saturday night at Reading Festival (Getty Images for NARAS)

Some lamented that the festivals, which initially favoured rock and indie acts including The Who, Nirvana, Oasis, Blur and The Rolling Stones, were moving away from its traditional genre.

One commenter said: “Remember when Reading and Leeds was a rock festival. Good times good times”.

Another added: “I’m sure reading and Leeds used to be an alternative rock festival, what is that line up? That line up is literally a radio 1 play list. Absolutely shocking.”

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.

It will be the first headline stint at the music event for the rapper, who first played at Reading and Leeds in 2015.

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