American rockers Blink 182 have been announced as the first main stage headlines for next year’s Leeds and Reading Festivals on the Bank Holiday weekend of August 22 to 24, writes Graham Walker
Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Mew, Wilkinson and I Am Legion will also play.
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They are the first of hundreds of bands set to appear at the region’s biggest annual three-day music festival of its kind.
Other acts will be announced soon and they all perform at both Reading and Leeds Festivals, which are held on the same weekend. It will be Blink-182’s only UK performances.
Californian trio Mark Hoppus, Tom DeLonge and Travis Barker have produced hit singles inclduing What’s My Age Again?, Adam’s Song, All the Small Things and Dammit. Key in the development of pop punk music, Blink 182 have sold over 35 million albums worldwide,
The band will also be giving fans a debut airing of the much-anticipated forthcoming seventh studio album which will be released next summer, the first new material since their self-released EP in 2012, which featured Dogs Eating Dogs and Disaster.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Blink 182 perform their 2011 hit After Midnight, courtesy of DGC Records.
Mark said: “I’m stoked to play Reading & Leeds 2014. It’s our fourth time playing the festivals, and we’re very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury.”
Festival boss Melvin Benn said:“2013 was a year of exciting additions for Reading & Leeds Festivals, making them bigger and better than ever. With extra stages and genres at both sites, there was a new diversity for all our fans to enjoy.
“However the core essence of the festival hasn’t changed and I think the line-up for next year will most certainly reflect that. I know our fans will be delighted to welcome back our first headliners, Blink-182, with what promises to be an amazing show, as well as the brilliant Jake Bugg stepping up to the Main Stage.
“I can’t wait to reveal the rest of our incredible line-up, so watch this space!”
Jake Bugg is one of the biggest success stories of Reading & Leeds Festivals in recent years. Even before he released his first album he’d already made his debut on the Festival Republic Stage in 2012.
Returning to the Festivals in 2013, having travelled the world and received numerous accolades, Jake moved further up the bill, and with a number one debut album under his belt, drew huge crowds to enjoy a hit laden set.
Now following the release of his second album, Shangri La, produced by the legendary Rick Rubin, he will make another significant step up this year, taking his deserved place on the Main Stage.
Jake said:”Reading & Leeds have become a bit of a regular feature of my summers lately, so it’s amazing to be asked back again. I was just kind of starting out the first time I played and it was a really important gig for me.
“Playing this year was fun and seemed like lots more people knew the songs; it was great hearing everyone singing the words back at me. I’m sure playing on the Main Stage will be a different experience again, so it’s exciting. I’ve got my new album out so there’s plenty of time for people to learn the words. It should be pretty special.”
Disclosure is the most successful British dance act in a generation, who turned the genre on its head in 2013 and opened the door for a host of underground dance acts to flood the mainstream.
Throughout the year Disclosure soared to the top of the charts with their debut album, Settle, and sold out venues across the world. Their set at last year’s Reading & Leeds was one of the stand out moments of the Festivals and the brothers return in 2014 with an arsenal of hit singles and a fearsome live reputation, this will be a headline performance in a packed arena.
English pop act, Metronomy are one of the country’s most compelling live acts and make a welcome return to Reading & Leeds. New track, I’m Aquarius, was launched by Zane Lowe as his Hottest Record In The World, had 120,000 SoundCloud plays in a matter of hours and went straight to Number One on Hype Machine. There is a new album, Love Letters, recorded at the legendary Toe Rag studios, due in March 2014.
With sold out crowds at both Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2013, fans are urged to get tickets early for 2014.
Organisers have announced an improved £50 deposit scheme. To save a spot at Reading & Leeds 2014, fans can reserve their place with £50 and then pay three further instalments of £53.50 a month, which includes the booking fee, but with postage payable.
Weekend tickets are £202.50 plus applicable booking fees. Early entry permits £15. Campervan permits £60. Lockers £16. Reading car parking £5. Weekend ticket prices include camping.
Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. There is no separate children’s area at this event.
Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online.