First Glastonbury, now Reading and Leeds: Lincoln-born singer hoping to do hometown proud at iconic festival

A Lincoln-born singer is set to appear at Reading and Leeds music festival during the August Bank Holiday weekend after previously wowing audiences at Glastonbury earlier this summer.

Anna Straker, 20, will play the BBC Introducing Stage at the festival after it was announced on Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio One show last night (August 7).

The former William Farr and Lincoln Minster pupil also featured on the Sonic Stage at Glastonbury in June.

Reading and Leeds festival runs between August 25 to 27 and Eminem, Kasabian and Muse will headline.

Speaking to The Lincolnite, Anna said: “I’m lucky enough to be asked to play on the BBC Introducing stage courtesy of BBC Introducing Lincolnshire and I’m hoping to do my hometown proud.”

Anna went to Lincoln Minster School and William Farr School. Photo: Anna Straker Facebook Page

Anna moved to London three years ago when she was 17 to pursue her music career and has since appeared on backing vocals for Rudimental and Years and Years, but now she is going alone.

“I’m having the best time in London, and it’s really great for my music. It’s such a big melting pot of cultures and you find inspiration on every street,” she added.

Speaking about her performance at Glastonbury this year, she said: “It was incredible. It’s my favourite festival so I had to pinch myself when I was singing on that stage. The sun was shining and I was so psyched.”

“I’d love to play Bestival to finish the summer off and next year do the lot with Glastonbury, Parklife, Latitude, Field Day and Lovebox. I’d love to do some festivals abroad too.

Anna has told fans to expect “synth-laced basslines and tropical beats with an 80s/90s inspired aesthetic” and admitted she would “love to come home and do a big show at The Engine Shed.”

Stage times are yet to be announced for the BBC Introducing Stage.