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Red Hot Chilli Peppers announced as first headline act of Leeds Festival 2016

Red Hot Chilli Peppers have been announced as one of the main stage headliners at next year's Leeds Festival.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis. Credit: Press Association

The band last performed at the festival nine years ago.

The 1975 and Courteeners will also be among dozens of acts taking to the stage at Bramham Park next summer.

Red Hot Chili Peppers are; Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith and Josh Klinghoffer. They are back on the UK music scene with their 11th studio album on the way.

Red Hot Chilli Peppers bassist Michael Flea' Balzary Credit: Press Association

I'm thrilled to be able to announce Red Hot Chili Peppers as the first headliner for Reading & Leeds 2016, as a festival exclusive. Their incredible live show will be an unforgettable headline performance at the UK's biggest music festival. We've still got some really exciting names to announce and I can't wait to reveal the rest of the line up. It's going to be our best year yet.

– Melvin Benn, organiser Leeds Festival

The 1975 will be making a huge appearance at next year's festival following the release of their second album.

Liam Fray of The Courteeners Credit: Press Association

Mancunian festival favourites Courteeners will also be returning in 2016, following the release of 'Concrete Love' and a huge show in Heaton Park earlier this summer.

Twenty One Pilots', Boy Better Know, HINDS, RAT BOY and DJ EZ have also been named in the first announcement of acts performing at the festival.

This year 70,000 revellers descended on Bramham Park for the showcase annual music extravaganza with The Libertines, Mumford and Sons and Metallica among the headliners.