11 February 2020 14:19
There are five miles of queues heading towards the Dartford Crossing due to a broken down lorry in the tunnels. The incident was reported at around 9.30am this morning (Tuesday, February 11) heading anticlockwise between junction 1A for the A206 Swanscombe in Kent and junction 31 for the A1306 Lakeside in Essex. It is believed that a lorry has broken down in the right-hand tunnel, which has now been shut to traffic for recovery. Congestion has been reported back into Kent to junction 3 for the Swanley Interchange due to only one tunnel remaining open to traffic. Travel time through the area stands at 30 minutes, so make sure you plan ahead if travelling towards the area.
It is also advised to seek an alternate route if possible while the lorry is recovered from the tunnel. You can follow the latest M25 Dartford Crossing traffic updates using our live blog below: It's one of the biggest weekends of the live music calendar, and now the headliners for Reading and Leeds Festivals have been announced. Stormzy, Liam Gallagher and Rage Against the Machine will top the bill on each of the festivals' three days, while the line-up below them also features the biggest and best names in alternative music. Stormzy - who logged a career defining headline performance at last year's Glastonbury - will headline Reading on the Friday and Leeds on the Saturday. Liam Gallagher - who self-confirmed his booking late last year to the chagrin of festival organisers - comes to Reading on the Saturday before heading up to Yorkshire to close out the Leeds leg on Sunday.
Rage Against the Machine will be making sure Reading is anything but 'Calm Like a Bomb' on the Sunday, where they'll benefit from a day of rest, having opened Leeds leg on the Friday. Two Door Cinema Club, All Time Low, Gerry Cinnamon, Courteeners, Run the Jewels, and Slowthai will all be putting in main stage shifts, while Sam Fender, Rex Orange County and AJ Tracey top the line-up on the BBC Radio 1 Stage. Here's everything you need to know about it: When are Reading and Leeds? Both legs of the festival take place over the August bank holiday weekend. This year, the dates fall between 28 - 30 August. The annual live music event will take place in Richfield Avenue in Reading and in Bramham Park in Leeds. Who else is on the line-up? Stormzy in the headline slot on the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury in 2019 (Photo: Leon Neal/Getty Images) The line-up for Reading and Leeds 2020 festival is a typically star-studded affair. The BBC Radio 1 stage will also see performances from Declan McKenna, Dublin post-punk band Fontaines D.C., Sea Girls, Easy Life, Inhaler, and Bristol punks Idles, among many others. Fans with more dance-oriented tastes are also in luck, with MK, Solardo and Wilkinson headlining the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage. Those with a penchant for slightly heavier music will want to check out The Pit/The Lock Up, where bands like Sleeping With Sirens, Gallows, The Bronx, Cancer Bats, Creeper, and Ho99o9 will be performing. The Festival Republic stage will be showcasing some of the best new and upcoming indie talents, like Spector, Sports Team and Jaws, while the BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage will be topped by Denzel Curry, Danny Brown and M Huncho. Of course, the above artists are just a few choice highlights from each stage. For the full line-up, head to the Reading and Leeds Festival websites How do I get tickets? Tickets go on general sale on Thursday 13 February at 9am. They will be available through Ticketmaster, and via both Reading and Leeds Festival websites. Weekend tickets granting access to all three days of the event will be available, as well day tickets. Will there be a presale? Barclaycard customers can get exclusive presale access from 9am on Tuesday 11 February until 8.59am on Thursday 13 February. The twin peaks of Reading and Leeds are still a spiritual home for rock, metal, punk and all manner of black-clad guitar antics, but in recent years the plus-sized festival has been earning a reputation for megawatt rap headliners like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Post Malone. In 2020, that shift takes centre stage – and this time it's a UK takeover, with international grime ambassador Stormzy bringing his gospel-tinged street anthems to the August bonanza. With Glastonbury already in his back pocket, the double-headline slot should be no sweat for Croydon's finest (figuratively, that is – we're sure there'll be a LOT of sweat). The irrepressible Liam Gallagher – who outed himself as a headliner back in November – returns to the festival for the umpteenth time to play songs from his two solo albums – plus a few Oasis classics, no doubt. And for the third headliner? Grab your air guitar (or drumsticks or microphone – really, the choice is yours) for Rage Against The Machine, as the LA rap-rockers return to their adoring British public for a spittle-flecked shout-along like no other. Stormzy is just one of a huge cast of UK rappers on the lineup, with AJ Tracey, M Huncho, Aitch, Jay1 and D-Block Europe all flying the flag for a homegrown movement that's finally getting the shine it deserves. Plus, representing the rap wilds of Northampton, breakout MC Slowthai will bring politically charged bars from his excellent debut album 'Nothing Great About Britain'. A few US imports get a look-in, too – don't miss Danny Brown, Migos, Denzel Curry, Kanye collaborator 070 Shake, plus seasoned live duo Run The Jewels. Digging into the axe-wielding end of the lineup, you'll find hardcore veterans Gallows, Dublin punk-poets Fontaines DC, Cali-punk supergroup Fever 333 and unlikely folk hero Gerry Cinnamon, whose lairy anthems of Glasgow life have made him a stadium-conquering word-of-mouth hit. Other highlights include Gen Z soul operator Rex Orange County, lo-fi teen Beabadoobee and euphoric indie-poppers Fickle Friends, along with a smattering of house grooves from DJs like MK and Sonny Fodera. Reading and Leeds Festival takes place over August 28-30. Check out loads more UK festivals here. And let's relive the time Radio 5 put RATM out live on air, shall we...