Top line-up of comic talent announced for Leeds Festival

Milton Jones, top comedy star appearing at the Leeds Festival.

Milton Jones, top comedy star appearing at the Leeds Festival.

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With less than two months to go until the gates open, the line-up for the Alternative Stage at the Leeds Festival has been announced.

On top of the already huge line-up, including headliners Mumford and Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, comes a host of the best in comedy and alternative talent from the UK and beyond plus the annual after-hours takeover from Transgressive Records.

Heading up proceedings on the comedy front is TV favourite Milton Jones, whose regular appearances on ‘Mock The Week’ along with multiple Radio 4 shows has made him the leader of the pack when it comes to deadpan comedy. With sidesplitting one-liners aplenty, his Leeds performance is not to be missed.

Bringing the jokes outside of the 140 character limit, Rob Delaney will also be making an appearance at Leeds, proving his worth as an acclaimed stand-up comedian after finding fame through making jokes on Twitter.

Heading for Leeds too will be Adam Buxton, of BBC6 Music fame, who will perform his BFI London show BUG.

TV joker Russell Kane will also be bringing his hugely popular brand of comedy to the festival, offering a rare chance to see the funnyman outside of the huge venues he’s playing around the country.

A brilliantly strong line-up has more on offer with ‘Stand Up For The Week’ regular Sara Pascoe, Canadian comedy star Katherine Ryan wild haired stand-up and Virtually Famous TV star Seann Walsh, fast rising UK star Daniel Sloss and ‘Show Me The Funny’ finalist Tiffany Stevenson making the Alternative Stage is truly one of the must see parts of the festival.

The comedy bill expands even further with the delightfully cutting Stephen K Amos, the hugely inventive Abandoman, Radio 1 star Tom Deacon, the man from TV’s Uncle and Heavy Entertainment Nick Helm, panel-show favourite Holly Walsh, the fearlessly funny Suzi Ruffell and metalhead Andrew O’Neill.

Appearing this year will be comedian and captain of ITV’s Reality Bites Joel Dommett, online superstar, fantastic comic and Beyoncé enthusiast Luisa Omielan, impractical joker Paul McCaffrey, Viral Tap and Xtra Factor star Matt Richardson, Edinburgh 2014 Best Newcomer Award winner Alex Edelman and BBC regular and break out star Dane Baptiste.

Magician and comic just returned from dazzling Las Vegas, the side-splittingly funny Piff The Magic Dragon will add another dimension along with fast-rising star David Morgan, the newly announced co-host of ITV’s SafeWord, and finally everyone’s favourite from Channel 4’s Mr Drew’s School for Boys teacher and rapper, Mark Grist.

The famous Alternative Stage is far more than just another festival comedy tent, though, as it bills some of the best in forward thinking music and spoken word.

Fast gaining a name as one of the UK’s most vital talents after appearing on the BBC Sound of 2015 longlist, George The Poet will be bringing his incredible, realistic, unafraid hybrid of spoken word and hip hop to the festival, which is sure to be an unforgettable moment of the weekend.

Another huge name joining the bill is Jaguar Skills who will be spinning some of his most notable, eclectic, multi-genre mixes, alongside London-based electronica and techno producer Max Cooper who is making his Leeds Festival debut.

On top of this, Transgressive’s annual takeover brings together another hotly anticipated late-night line-up to Bramham Park.

Fresh after celebrating their 10th anniversary at the festival last year, the independent label is bringing another specially curated bill that is their biggest yet.

Hijacking the Saturday and Sunday nights in Leeds, the stage will run from 9.30pm until late, featuring a host of emerging and established talent throughout the weekend.

Grime hero Wiley will be bringing his fantastic and ferocious live show to the tent in the wake of his critically acclaimed album Snakes and Ladders, released at the end of 2014 to huge fanfare. Looking to the future stars of the genre, Novelist will be also be making an appearance, while the likes of Jackmaster, Madame X and DJ Target will get crowds moving throughout the weekend.

Tickets for the Leeds Festival are still available, priced £205 plus £8 booking fee and postage for the weekend and £59.50 plus £7 booking fee and postage for each day. Early entry permits are £20.

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online at http://www.seetickets.com/content/reading-leeds?src=randl2015PR21 or credit card line: 0871 2310821.