The first Leeds Festival 2016 headliner has been announced.
American rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers will again grace the stage at the three day August Bank Holiday event from 26 to 28 and at sister Reading Festival, nine years after their last performance.
It will be the first performance at the festivals for band guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who joined in 2009 following John Frusciante’s departure.
He will perform alongside long-standing members other cult figures Anthony Kiedis, Flea and Chad Smith.
Asked which festival the band would like to play next summer, drummer Chad Smith, said that “the simultaneous answer was ‘Reading and Leeds.’”
Commenting on their booking, Melvin Benn, current managing director of Festival Republic which puts on the festivals, said: “I’m thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading and Leeds 2016, as a festival exclusive.
“Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance.
“We’ve still got some really exciting names to announce and I can’t wait to reveal the rest of the line up. It’s going to be our best year yet.”
Several other bands have also been confirmed for the festival.
The 1975, Mancunian rockers Courteneers, electronic fusion duo Twenty One Pilots and Mercury Prize-nominated punk pair Slaves will hope to get crowds jumping during their festival sets.
They will be joined by Spanish indie rockers HINDS, rapper musician Rat Boy, Japanese metalcore band Crossfaith and garage artist DJ EZ.
Weekend tickets are on sale now and cost £213 including booking.
The sale date and price of day tickets have yet to be announced.