Arcade Fire to 'premiere new album' headlining Reading And Leeds Festivals

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Arcade Fire will premiere material from their new album when they headline the Reading And Leeds Festival this summer, according to the band's Will Butler.

The multi-instrumentalist explained the group's plans by sending a postcard to NME – which you can read in full, along with exclusive new artwork, in this week's issue of the magazine on UK newsstands nationwide from Wednesday (March 31).

Writing on the postcard, Butler confirmed that Arcade Fire were "still hard at work" on their new album, but that the band feel confident enough to take their new songs on the road for the August 27-29 gigs.

"We're really looking forward to playing the new songs live," Butler wrote, adding that he currently feels "like an inventor emerging from his basement after a year's work".

Get this week's issue of NME, on UK newsstands from Wednesday (March 31), for more from Arcade Fire plus exclusive interviews with this year's others acts, including an exclusive cover story with The Libertines.

To check the availability of Reading And Leeds Festivals tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

Along with Arcade Fire, Guns N' Roses and Blink-182 are set to headline the 2010 bash – while The Libertines are set to reform especially for the event. Read the full 2010 Reading And Leeds Festivals line-up on NME.COM now.

In the meantime you can watch a video interview with Reading And Leeds Festivals chief Melvin Benn about this year's event on the right.

Plus tune into NME Radio via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727, DAB nationwide or NME.COM/radio for more on the festival.

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