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People can't get over Reading And Leeds Fest 2000 line-up compared to this year

Joe Harker

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People can't get over Reading And Leeds Fest 2000 line-up compared to this year

Festival fans are remembering the golden age of the Reading and Leeds festival with the line-up from 2000 being remembered as an all time great.

Every year they do their best to wrangle a collection of top class performers for fans but some years are just better than others and the festival line-up from 2000 has got people remembering how great it was.

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This year's dual festival held over the Bank Holiday Weekend is being headlined by The 1975 after Lewis Capaldi announced he was taking a bit of a break from touring.

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Billie Eilish, The Killers, Sam Fender, Imagine Dragons and Foals are among the other big names taking to the stages in Reading and Leeds along with plenty more other acts who will be performing to crowds of thousands.

While that list might sound impressive to plenty there are loads of fans who are remembering the heady days of the year 2000 and the legendary line-up they got to enjoy that year, by this point it's pretty much an annual tradition.

Some festival fans have even fonder memories of 1995. Credit: Twitter/@kev1mccann
Some festival fans have even fonder memories of 1995. Credit: Twitter/@kev1mccann

We're talking Oasis, Pulp, Prml Scrm, Stereophonics, Placebo, Slipknot, Eminem, Rage Against the Machine, Blink 182, Foo Fighters, The Bluetones, Limp Bizkit, and a whole honking massive heap more of talent.

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There are festival line-ups which are just OK and then there are the ones which will so comprehensively knock your socks off that you might as well just buy a new pair.

Reading and Leeds 2000 was absolutely the second one and it's possible that the festival will never again have a line-up of such sock-knocking brilliance again.

That legendary line-up cost you £80, Ticketmaster says that these days it'd cost £286.20. Credit: Twitter/@t3dkath
That legendary line-up cost you £80, Ticketmaster says that these days it'd cost £286.20. Credit: Twitter/@t3dkath

On top of that some fans are remembering the price tickets used to cost, with the ticket for the whole weekend once costing £80.

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Back in 2000 that got you an almighty line-up that pretty much anyone would want to make it to.

These days if you wanted a weekend ticket and the ability to pitch a tent it'd set you back a whopping £286.20.

Many fans have fond memories of the year 2000. Credit: Twitter/@Madstedotcom
Many fans have fond memories of the year 2000. Credit: Twitter/@Madstedotcom

Will the Reading and Leeds festival ever return to the glory days of 2000, or are those days when a festival could amass a legendary line-up with a such plethora of top class talent over?

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This year's acts are all utterly excellent performers and no festival worth its salt is going to book headliners that are anything but brilliant, however, that list of acts from 2000 is just something else.

You've got to read down the list some way to get to the likes of Blink 182 and Eminem, maybe nothing will ever get close to it.

Featured Image Credit: Katja Ogrin/Redferns/Getty/Reading&LeedsFest

Topics: Music, UK News, Festivals

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