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Preview: Reading and Leeds 2008

  • Arguably one of the best bands destined for the forthcoming Reading and Leeds Festivals, Foals are seen here storming Field Day last August. Pic: Guy Eppel

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  • The Editors rock Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2006. Perhaps the band will use their summer set to give their cover of The Cure's 'Lullaby' an outing. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Bridgend's hardcore heroes Bullet For My Valentine - pictured here at Download - bring extra rage to Reading and Leeds. The band recently released their second album, 'Scream Aim Fire'.

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  • The Enemy on the 02 Rock'N' Roll Riot Tour 2007 at Oxford Carling Academy in September. The band are joining The Raconteurs, Biffy Clyro and Feeder, among others, at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. Pic: Andy Willsher

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  • Godlike Geniuses Manic Street Preachers, pictured here at the NME Big Gig, will help Reading and Leeds celebrate its 20th anniversary, with over 150 bands playing over 3 days on Aug 22-24. Pic: PA Photo

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  • Dirty Pretty Things are among the bands announced to play Reading and Leeds Festival this summer. As of today (Tuesday April 1), there's 142 days to go... Pic: PA Photos

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  • Could We Are Scientists, who have also been announced for the Reading And Leeds Festival this summer, be responsible for the festival Wikipedia page listing a fourth headliner: Bevel Edged Chizzles today?

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  • From Live Earth to Glastonbury, T In The Park to Reading and Leeds, Bloc Party reminded us all of their awesome live power last summer. Here Kele's surfing an appreciative crowd at Leeds' Cockpit last December. Check out this week's issue of NME for exclusive interviews with all the biggest bands at Reading and Leeds. Pic: Claire Morris

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  • Reactions to our news that The Killers are headlining this year's festival varied wildly. Chezza81 declared, "I'm so excited I feel sick", while jason cook wrote, "Awful news, when are people gonna wake up and realise The Killers are just another over-hyped load of tosh?" Log onto your MyNME and let us know what YOU think. Pic: PA Photos

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  • MGMT at last month's SXSW festival in Texas. The band have been touring with Yeasayer in the US, and play Coachella in California before their slot at Reading and Leeds. Everyone from Klaxons to Kaisers, Kings Of Leon and The Wombats have been caught watching the band, despite mixed reviews of their live show. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • One of the buzziest bands of 2008 and recent Radar stars Vampire Weekend will be joining Metallica, Rage Against The Machine and The Killers at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. The band released their 8/10 (NME) self-titled debut in January. Pic: Jo McCaughey

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  • The Wombats took the festivals by storm last year, winning fans at V Festival, Oxygen, Rockness, Bestival and Glastonbury. This is them in more humble surroundings, the Birmingham Barfly, in January. Pic: Richard Johnson

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  • Dizzee Rascal pictured at last year's Tales Of The Jackalope festival in Norfolk last year. Since winning the NME Award For Innovation in 2004, Dizzee's broken more boundaries than a kerosene-fuelled cricket ball, and should be a great addition to the line-up. Pic: Andrew Kendall

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  • Fresh from their biggest European tour to date, Babyshambles have confirmed their performance at Reading and Leeds Festivals. Pic: Tom Oxley

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  • Following the rush release of their new album, 'Consolers Of The Lonely', The Raconteurs have announced they're joining the Reading and Leeds party. They're also playing Coachella, Bonnaroo, Oxygen and Open'er this summer. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Cribs, pictured here on the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour last February, are among the bands set to rock Reading and Leeds in August. Previous shows have seen bloodshed and even near-death experiences, and no doubt this summer will be no less eventful. Pic: Danny North

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  • Kyle Gass and Jack Black, aka Tenacious D, have also been confirmed for the festival. Their third album is in the pipeline apparently, but won't be released for at least two years. A handful of weekend tickets are still available on NME.COM now. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Slipknot's 2002 show at Reading saw fruit and bottles - and even a wheelie bin - rain down on the band as they performed. They'd threatened to throw cow intestines out into the crowd, but that never happened. What takes place this summer as they join the line-up is anyone's guess. A handful of tickets are still available for purchase on NME.COM's ticket page. Pic: Roger Sargent

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  • Metallica join the Reading and Leeds Festivals as headliners alongside Rage Against The Machine and The Killers. The band are playing a whole host of festivals this summer including Spain's Electric Weekend, Pinkpop in the Netherlands, Rock Am Ring in Germany and Bonnaroo in the US. Check out this week's issue of NME for exclusive interview with the band, alongside many of the other headliners. Pic: PA Photos

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  • This week's NME magazine is a Reading and Leeds 2008 special, containing everything you could possibly need to know about the legendary British music festivals, plus exclusives with headliners The Killers, Metallica and Babyshambles. Keep clicking through this gallery to see the star highlights from this year's line-up, announced just yesterday...

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