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"

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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.

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