Reading and Leeds Festival boss tips Foals as future headliners

Melvin Benn describes Oxford band as "the most in touch guitar band in the world"

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Foals

Reading and Leeds Festival promoter Melvin Benn has said that Foals have been on his mind as a future headliner.

Benn, who will this year welcome Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem as the dual festival's three headline acts, revealed in a new interview with NME that he considers Foals to be as good as any young band in Britain and that he was impressed by their recent headline set at Latitude, comparing them to previous Reading and Leeds headliners Rage Against The Machine.

Asked if he can see the Oxford band stepping up and headlining his festival in the future, Benn replied: "That’s been on my mind for a while and it goes back to two or three years ago when they performed at Latitude. Foals for me are the most in touch guitar band in the world and I don’t think anybody’s matching them. To see them own the stage and the reaction they got was unbelievable. Listening to this new album, I had no doubts in my mind that I wanted them to come and headline. The moshing I've seen at Latitude was as intense as anything I've seen anywhere. A match for Rage Against The Machine in terms of moshing and intensity. It’s going to be a match for anyone who plays there in the future."

Elaborating on the current health of the UK festival scene, Benn adds: "It feels good at the moment. Reading and Leeds have had the strongest ticket sales for three years and it's so good to hear. Leeds is stronger now than it was for the last two or three years. It feels like the festival scene is very healthy at the moment."

The annual bash, which takes place on August 23–25 will this year be headlined by Green Day, Eminem and Biffy Clyro. Other huge names on the lineup include Nine Inch Nails, who will return to perform at the festival for the first time since 2007, as well as Foals, Frank Turner, Deftones, and System of a Down.

The NME/Radio One stage will be headlined by Skrillex, Alt-J and Phoenix. Other acts playing include A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Jake Bugg, Tame Impala, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Peace, Palma Violets, Fidlar and HAIM.

Foals recently released the latest video in their 'CCTV series' for their track Stepson.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.

It was recently announced that weekend tickets for Reading Festival have sold out. There are still a limited number of day tickets available for the Sunday as well as weekend tickets for Leeds. Click here to check the availability of Reading Festivals tickets and Leeds Festivals tickets.

Read More On This Artist

Foals Merchandise
More News
Noel Gallagher focuses on "brilliant" new album at Royal Albert Hall
Charli XCX and Sophie collaboration previewed - watch
Beck's 'Morning Phase' goes silver in UK after selling 60,000 copies
Zayn Malik looks to go solo after being pictured in recording studio with Naughty Boy
Justin Bieber joins Ariana Grande onstage to perform 'All That Matters' live - watch
Depeche Mode's Martin Gore announces solo album 'MG' and shares 'Europa...
East 17's Brian Harvey discusses struggles with depression and mental illness
Alt-J album 'This Is All Yours' certified gold in the UK
Jessie Ware joins Nicki Minaj onstage in London to perform 'The Crying Game' - watch
Destiny's Child reunite to perform at Stellar Gospel Music Awards - watch
Def Jam rapper's manager killed in a car park after planning anti-violence initiatives
Selfie sticks banned at US festivals
Jamie xx and Four Tet join forces on BBC Radio 1 – listen now
Prince in legal battle after releasing former The Voice contestant's album for free
New Tupac music to get future release
Beastie Boy Ad-Rock avoids touching 'monster' fish on Jimmy Fallon show
Major Lazer: 'England doesn't like us for some reason'
Leon Bridges performs 'Better Man' on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'...
T-Pain releases new mixtape 'The Iron Way'
Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard covers Guided By Voices – watch
The Vaccines air four new songs in Nottingham
Footage from Kendrick Lamar's moving truck performance released as Reebok ad – watch

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM