Festival Republic released a press release with the line ups final additions today:
With just over two weeks to go the final preparations are being made for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Hundreds of acts are lined up to make 2011 one of the finest years at the best festival in the world. With seven stages and countless extra activities running over the weekend everybody will need all their energy to see all the fantastic entertainment over the August Bank Holiday.
We are thrilled to welcome back Huw Stephens as our compere for the Main Stage at Reading Festival with Colin Murray and Gill Mills at Leeds, Mike Davies will oversee proceedings in the Lock Up Stage at Reading with Gazz Snowdon doing the honours at Leeds. We have additions to The Alternative Stage at both sites and also the late night entertainment. We will also have the Silent Arena with DJs including Steve Lamacq, Bethan Elfyn & The Vinyl Vendettas, Huw Stephens, My Ex Boyfriends Records, Jen Long, Fingers and Thumbs (Reading) & the legendary Silent Arena DJs (Reading &Leeds).
THE ALTERNATIVE STAGE READING
PAUL CHOWDHRY has distinguished himself as one of the most talented and popular comedians to have recently emerged, with the ability and diversity to effortlessly straddle the urban and main stand-up circuits as an international headline act. Constantly challenging and relentlessly inventive comedy fuels an eclectic set punctuated by impressive feats of mimicry and verbal dexterity. Paul’s highly charged dry observational humour taps into the multicultural diversity of contemporary Britain.
Co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle’s ‘Tramadol Nights’ on Channel Four, TOM STADE’s magnetic stage presence, irrepressible charm and first class story-telling have now firmly established him as one of the most sought after performers on the UK and international circuit, On stage, he shares his off-beat world as he recounts his global adventures – often with a little help from inimitable sidekick Jimmy – and never fails to have his audience in stitches.
Full of passion and charisma, JARRED CHRISTMAS takes the audience on a hilarious thrill ride of laughs and gasps with an edge of anger that manifests itself in his incredible rants against the small things in our lives, he been called “one of the funniest men to pick up a microphone” by Time Out.
A regular headliner at all Australian comedy venues and MC for the Friday at Reading, WAYNE DEAKIN has toured throughout the USA, Canada, Asia, the Middle East and the Isle of Man. As well as his solo Melbourne Comedy Festival shows, Deakin’s New York tours included consecutive nights at Caroline’s, New York’s premier comedy venue and headlining New York Improv. Performing at the Montreal Comedy Festival and doing a week as MC at the world famous Laff Trax in Las Vegas are current career highlights..until Reading that is!
Londoner MICHAEL FABBRI made his mark on the UK circuit by reaching the final of Channel 4’s ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ Sharp and smart, his quick-witted technique catches his audience unaware but ensures they can’t help but laugh along with him, despite his honest approach to some of life’s more touchy subjects.
In his short comic career MIKE BUBBINS has already supported Rhod Gilbert on his sold out nationwide tour and brought his debut show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. A finalist in the ‘So You Think You’re Funny?’ competition, he has also become a regular guest comedian on BBC Radio Wales and won fans at some of the biggest comedy clubs across the UK. Festival-goers can see why when he takes the MC role on Sunday after gracing Leeds with his presence on the Friday.
Strictly Our Opinion: Some big names saved till last. Jared Christmas and Paul Chowdry have been all over Comedy Central and BBC live at the Apollo series in recent years, and Mike Bubbins has been tipped for success for quite sometime. A fine final round of comedians it has to be said.