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From Death Metal to Dua Lipa: Reading faces line-up backlash

Fans of Reading & Leeds Festivals have been in uproar this morning, after the organisers released their long-awaited 2018 line-up.

The festival, which has been running since 1989, has traditionally been a rock-orientated event; attracting previous headliners including The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Nirvana, as well as a host of other alternative bands and groups.

But, in recent years, the organisers have been limiting the amount of rock music at the festival; choosing instead to include a wider range of Dance, Grime and Hip-Hop artists.

2018 can arguably be seen as the most diverse line-up ever, with artists like Post Malone headlining alongside Fall Out Boy. But, this has in turn induced a social media backlash from the festival’s traditional fans, who feel that the festival no longer caters for their music taste.

Many of these fans had already bought tickets.

But observing the Facebook comments on this line-up post, it seems fans are nearly uniformly negative about the organiser’s decision. This begs the question: Has Reading & Leeds Festival made poor judgement in their artist choices?