Festival Focus: Reading/Leeds Festival

Reading and Leeds

Little Johns Farm, Reading + Bramham Park, Leeds, 27th-29th August

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The filth and the fury one of the country’s most renowned festivals returns again with a blistering line up. This year the festival, appearing on two sites in both Reading and Leeds, will be headlined by Arcade Fire, the newly-reformed Blink 182 and Guns n’ Roses. ANDREW TRENDELL has a chat with organiser Melvin Benn and guides us through the highs and lows of what we can expect to unfold this summer.

The last time Guns n’ Roses appeared at the festival was their infamous performance back in 2002 when the band were over two and a half hours late in making their way to the stage, resulting in festival organiser Melvin Benn grabbing their tour manager by the throat.

“It’s just one of those things where one gets very frustrated,” said Melvinn of the altercation. “The stage was ready and so was the audience but Guns N Roses weren’t ready to perform but they should have been. That was the agreed time, the clock was ticking and the audience were getting frustrated and I think it’s fair to say that I was just venting my frustration on behalf of the audience.”

Also on the bill are LCD Soundsystem, Paramore, Weezer, Limp Bizkit, Klaxons, Foals, Dizzee Rascal, Modest Mouse, The Gaslight Anthem, Mystery Jets, The Futureheads, Queens of The Stone Age and many more.

The line-up also boasts an exclusive performance from those likely lads The Libertines.

Speaking of the band’s appearance, Melvin Benn said: “It’s been something that a lot of people have been suggesting to us for ages. We’d looked at a few times before but never really made an offer and we thought this year was the right time to try, and so we did and coincidentally they thought it was the right time to reform as well. So we made them a nice offer to reform exclusively for these festivals and that suited them well. I’ve been told that Carl and Pete are getting on really well at the moment.”

Platform’s top 5 highlight predictions for Reading/Leeds:

1. QOTSA have nothing to sell this time round, so just expect a mind-melting set of awesomeness.

2. Biffy Clyro’s evening slot on the main stage should give them the opportunity to prove themselves as finally becoming giants of British rock.

3. The long awaited return of the mighty geek-rock legends Weezer.

4. Arcade Fire’s majestic night time rendition of ‘Rebellion (Lies)’

5. Alright partner, keep on rollin’ baby. You know what time it is.

For more information visit www.leedsfestival.co.uk

By Andrew Trendell

  • Amanda

    Hi Rose,Thanks for your message, there is 2 Open Mic’s tknaig place this year. Both of them can be found on the Music’ page on the Programme of Events menu Here is the weblinks to both There is also other music and poetry performances tknaig place this year that you may be interested, full details of these can be found on the Music’ and Poetry’ page on the Programme of Events menu at the top of this website.If you’d like to know further, please contact me Thanks for your interest in our festival.Many thanks,Fran