This year’s 105,000-capacity Reading Festival and Leeds Festival (75,000) will feature new arena stage concept The Chevron, built to accommodate 40,000 people.

Featuring a “floating LED video sky canopy” supplied by Colour Sound and a stage from Special Structures, promoter Festival Republic said the performance space had been created for dance and hip-hop acts and their fans.

The Live Nation Entertainment-owned company said The Chevron is the world’s first floating video canopy made up of hundreds of thousands of programmable LED lights. The bespoke structure, designed exclusively for Reading & Leeds, will be used by acts including The Prodigy, Sonny Fodera and Skrillex at the 21 – 25 August events.

Festival Republic MD Melvin Benn said, “The Chevron is more than just a physical stage; it’s a testament to Reading & Leeds’ continued commitment to innovation and industry leadership. We demonstrated this previously, with the introduction and success of dual main stages in 2021. This year I saw the opportunity to do something new and truly special, reflecting the audience’s evolving tastes and cutting-edge production the show is known for. This elevates our electronic and hip-hop music offerings, while still delivering six main-stage headliners and a strong representation across other genres.”