Top comedy names added to Leeds Festival line-up

Bill Bailey, set to appear on the alternative stage at the Leeds Festival.
Bill Bailey, set to appear on the alternative stage at the Leeds Festival.

A host of top comedy stars have been added to the line-up for this year’s Leeds Festival with the announcement of the alternative stage acts for the summer bank holiday event.

Big laughs are guaranteed with arena-sized comedians and global stars revealed for the increasingly popular section of the annual festival, which takes place at Bramham Park between August 26 and 28.

Leading the comedy line-up is big star Russell Howard who has enjoyed massive success with Russell Howard’s Good News on TV and has played many sold out arena shows while establishing himself as one of the UK’s most successful comedians and a rising international star.

Bill Bailey will be returning to the Leeds Festival after his incredible performance in 2014. Known for the astounding musical knowledge that saw him become a panel show staple on Never Mind the Buzzcocks, as well as starring in Channel 4’s sitcom Black Books, Bailey will be delighting the audience as his famous Limboland world tour makes a stop at Bramham.

Joining them over the Bank Holiday weekend is an extensive array of well-known comedic figures including Radio 4 stalwart and one of Britain’s finest comedians Marcus Brigstocke.

Canadian Katherine Ryan will be entertaining audiences with her razor sharp critique of pop culture alongside Well Good prankster Lee Nelson, the flamboyant flow of Russell Kane and Impractical Jokers’ very own Joel Dommett.

Further alternative stage appearances will come from outspoken political commentator Owen Jones who will be in conversation with Andy Parsons alongside performances from Sara Pascoe, Holly Walsh, The Boy With Tape On His Face, Andrew Maxwell, Mark Steel, John Robins, Carl Donnelly, Daniel Simonsen, Dane Baptiste, Al Porter, Angela Barnes, Jamali Maddix, Lauren Pattison. MCs will be David Morgan, Iain Stirling and Dan Nightingale.

The alternative stage will also play host to a vast array of late night entertainment throughout the weekend, including a special appearance from the US hip-hop icon Grandmaster Flash who will be performing an explosive set at Leeds Festival only.

He will be joined by hip-hop turntablist DJ Yoda and the impressive stylings of Rave Karaoke and Nightmares From The Discotheque for a full-throttled evening of entertainment, ensuring that Leeds will be dancing late into the night.

Masterful indie club night Propaganda will once again provide a late night euphoric disco soundtrack with special guest appearances from This Is England’s Thomas Turgoose, DJ Dan and many more, with Buttoned Up Disco also on hand with the rock, pop, punk and indie party-starters.

Then be ready to travel back in time, with the unrivalled Hot Dub Time Machine bringing the world’s very first time-travelling party to Leeds, taking you back on a journey through the defining hits of over 60 years of good times.

With the previously announced Kurupt FM Presents Champagne Steam Rooms and Cassetteboy vs DJ Rubbish also taking to the stage over the weekend, the alternative stage offers a different spin on the UK festival experience, aiming to make Reading and Leeds 2016 the ultimate festival party of the summer.

Tickets are still available for the festival, which will be headlined by Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Fall Out Boy and will also see performances by The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Chvrches, Imagine Dragons, The Vaccines, A$AP Rocky, HAIM, Nas, Good Charlotte, Asking Alexandria, Fetty Wap and over 200 more.

Go to www.leedsfestival.com for more details and to buy weekend or day tickets for the 2016 Leeds Festival.