August 20, 2013 15:51

Reading and Leeds promoter promises Green Day will 'boss' festival performance

Melvin Benn bigs up US band ahead of their performances this weekend (August 23-25)

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Green Day

Reading and Leeds promoter Melvin Benn has said that Green Day will "boss" their headline set at the festivals this weekend (August 23-25).

The US pop-punk band will headline Reading festival on Friday (August 23) and Leeds on the Saturday (24) and Benn promises classic performances. Speaking to NME in a new interview in this week's issue, on newsstands from tomorrow (August 21) andavailable digitallyBenn also discussed Green Day's secret set at Reading Festival in 2012, which saw them perform unannounced on the Radio 1 stage.

"When Green Day played their secret set last year," Benn said, "we had been talking to them about headlining Reading and Leeds again anyway. We asked if they could do 40 minutes. They had a two-hour setlist, and asked if we were sure they couldn't keep playing. There are a number of bands that are very closely associated with Reading and Leeds and Green Day are definitely one of them. When they play, they just boss it; they absolutely own the stage and engage with the fans – that's something I will never tire of."

Benn previously said that Biffy Clyro headlining Reading and Leeds this year is a statement of the event's desire to give young British bands the chance to "come forward".

"The most special moment for me will be when Biffy take the stage as headliners at Reading and Leeds. They are one of the bands that cut their teeth at Reading and Leeds. They sharpened themselves in front of those audiences. They are a band who are at a point where they wanted to headline for a little while. They’ve been knocking on the door. They’re a great British band."

Other names on the Reading and Leeds line-up include Nine Inch Nails, who will return to perform at the festival for the first time since 2007, plus 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.

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 tickets for Reading Festival have sold out. Click here to check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets.

Pictures Of 30 Artists You Can't Miss At Reading & Leeds

Take NME's Great Big Reading & Leeds Quiz

Reading & Leeds 2013 - The 10 Worst Clashes

Video: Biffy Clyro's Worst & Best Reading Moments

Eminem - What To Expect At Reading & Leeds

Biffy Clyro - What To Expect At Reading & Leeds

Subscribe to NME here, or get this week's digital issue



NME



Read More On This Artist

Green Day Merchandise
More News
Midweek chart update: Eric Clapton competing with Ed Sheeran for Number One spot
Gerard Way announces solo album details
Original Nirvana drummer Chad Channing says he would be up for a band reunion
Royal Blood: 'Jimmy Page told us to 'go and smash LA'
Jake Bugg has already shown ideas for third album with producer Rick Rubin
Robert Plant says he is 'disappointed and baffled' by Jimmy Page in ongoing Led...
Lily Allen is no longer working on 'Bridget Jones' musical
Damon Albarn reveals new musical will be based on a 'very beloved kids' book'
Damon Albarn to play London's Royal Albert Hall in November
R Kelly dropped as headliner at US festival following complaints over previous conduct
The Co-op to return to playing chart music following staff complaints
Jack White throws first pitch at Detroit Tigers game – watch
Damon Albarn's contribution to 'Lucy' soundtrack revealed – hear 'Sister...
Primus preparing to release 'Willy Wonka' tribute album
BBC Introducing Stage line-up announced for upcoming Reading and Leeds festivals
TV On The Radio announce new album 'Seeds'
Two more Led Zeppelin albums to be remastered and reissued
Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett release duet ahead of new collaboration album
Timbaland confirms work on new 'game changer' single with Missy Elliott
Beck walks with his past self and the Grim Reaper in video for 'Heart Is A Drum'
Mitch Winehouse to release new Amy Winehouse charity album
Metallica's Lars Ulrich tips AC/DC for next year's Glastonbury

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Featured Videos
Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Most Read News
Popular This Week
Inside NME.COM
On NME.COM Today