Like an alt-phoenix, Queens of the Stone Age will emerge from their rock fortress to perform at the 2021 Reading and Leeds Festival in the UK. It marks the band’s first planned live performance in three years, celebrating the occasion with an ominous Instagram picture with the caption “HERE. WE. COME. @officialrandl #RANDL21.”
2018 marked QOTSA’s last live performance, wrapping up the “Villians World Tour.” Group members did surprise concert goers at the Imperial Ball charity earlier this year, but Johnny Depp was the night’s main act. The group has been relatively mute since their last live outing, producing their last studio album Villians back in 2017.
Reading takes place on August 27-29, while Leeds will take place at the legendary Bramham Park, August 27-29. Queens of the Stone Age will join other popular artists as headliners for the show. Those include Liam Gallagher, Post Malone, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Disclosure, and Stormzy.
Concert officials for both shows have yet to provide safety guidelines regarding spread of COVID-19. Show officials released an official statement filled with optimistic expectations:
“After an absence of a year, we are delighted to announce the 2021 return to Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park in 2021 with our most epic plan yet. Two main stages, six headliners, the best line up of acts 2021 will see and 200,000 fans are going to celebrate the best music in the best music festivals in Britain.”