THE line-up for the Lock-Up Stage at Leeds and Reading Festivals has been announced.

The Lock-Up is a well-loved fixture of the twin festivals, hosting a bill of the best punk, hardcore, rock 'n' roll and ska names on the scene today.

It's roots lie in Mike Davies' show The Lock-Up on Radio 1. The DJ said: "The highlight of my year is always Reading and Leeds. It's the perfect way to end the summer and to have a stage there still blows my mind.

"We've worked hard to come up with a bill that everyone will enjoy and I think we've done a great job."

Headlining Leeds on August 30 and Reading August 28 will be punk band Billy Talent, who broke through into the mainstream in 2003 with their self-titled debut album which went triple platinum in Canada and paved the way for success in Europe and the USA.

Billy Talent II followed in 2006, selling over a million copies worldwide.

Headlining the stage at Reading on August 29 and Leeds on August 28 are Chicago punk-rock champions Rise Against, who have just released new album Appeal To Reason. Known for their singular political stance, the band use the album to embody their feelings about the world around them.

Another politically-minded group playing are Anti Flag, who are also extremely anti-George Bush and, despite his departure from the White House, his legacy and policies look set to keep this band in songs for a while yet. They will perform at Reading on August 28 and Leeds on August 30.

Other bands on the bill include Alexisonfire, The Bouncing Souls, Leftover Crack, The Aggrolites, Streetlight Manifesto, Fake Problems, Riverboat Gamblers, The Flatliners, The Ghost Of A Thousand, The Plight, Thursday, The Bronx, Mad Caddies, Rival Schools, Set Your Goals, Snuff, Municipal Waste, A Wilhelm Scream, Chuck Ragan, The Computers and The Polar Bear Club.

*As the Leeds and Reading tickets have sold out, organisers are recommending buying tickets via auction site, which offers a little extra protection for sellers and buyers against touts and cons.