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Priestgate ready to rock Reading and Leeds Festival

The summer music festival season is well underway, with hundreds of thousands of people making the pilgrimage to Glastonbury last month.

Later this summer, up-and-coming Driffield band Priestgate will be joining the Arctic Monkeys, Dave and Rage Against the Machine on the bill at Reading and Leeds Festival after recently being added to the line-up.

It’s another dream come true for the five-piece made up of Rob Schofield, Bridie Stagg, Kai Overton, Connor Bingham and Isaac Ellis, who will play the BBC Introducing Stage at Richfield Avenue in Reading on Friday 26th August before travelling up to their native Yorkshire to perform on the same stage at Bramham Park in Leeds the following day.

Priestgate’s appearance at Reading and Leeds is testament to the band’s growing reputation on the British indie music scene.

As well as their songs regularly being played on BBC Radio Humberside, Priestgate have received airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC Radio 6 Music.

They were also featured as part of a full-length interview on NME’s website, discussing how their roots in the Capital of the Wolds have put them on the path to success.

Additionally, Priestgate were named in The NME 100 at the start of the year, a list of bands the website believes are the most exciting breakthrough acts across the world and previously included successful artists such as Glastonbury headliner Billie Eilish and the aforementioned Dave, who is topping the bill at Reading and Leeds.

The band completed a mini-tour around Newcastle, London, Brighton, Birmingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Hull and Leeds in support of fellow indie bands The Ninth Wave and Dream Wife at the back end of 2021 ahead of releasing their debut EP ‘Eyes Closed for the Winter’ earlier this year.

Lead singer of the band Rob said the Reading and Leeds appearance came out of the blue.

“It’s another one of those things we all joked about and said ‘Imagine this’,” he said.

“Then it happens and you’re a bit shocked.

“I guess we just need to keep making these jokes!”

Before appearing at Reading and Leeds, Priestgate will be part of the line-up at several other festivals.
The first takes place on Saturday 16th July at the Community Festival held at Finsbury Park in London, where Two Door Cinema Club will be headlining.

Next up will be Latitude in Suffolk on Saturday 23rd July and they’ll be travelling to neighbouring Norfolk on Friday 5th August for Wide Skies and Butterflies.

Priestgate will have a Yorkshire warm-up for the Leeds leg of the festival with an appearance at Bingley Weekender on Saturday 6th August.

The band will be supporting Manchester band Pale Waves during Live at Central in Newcastle’s Central Park on Wednesday 17th August.

Priestgate’s final appearance before Reading and Leeds will come at Otherlands, taking place in the grounds of Scone Palace, near Perth, Scotland, on Sunday 21st August.

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