Kings Of Leon confirm 'surprisingly youthful sounding' new album is finished ­and due in September

Bassist Jared Followill tells NME new record is like a 'mix of 'Youth & Young Manhood' and 'Because Of The Times''

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Kings Of Leon bassist Jared Followill has confirmed the band's new album will be out in September.

The record, the four-piece's sixth studio effort, is finished and is currently being sequenced. Speaking in this week's NME Followill said: "I thought we were going to make a really mature album but I'm amazed how youthful it sounds. It's like a mix of 'Youth & Young Manhood' and 'Because Of The Times'."

Before the album is released, Kings of Leon will headline this summer's V festival. Taking place over the weekend of August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Staffordshire, the two-day event will see the band take to the main stage along with Beyoncé – which will be her only European festival appearance this year. They will also play shows in London, Manchester and Birmingham in June and July, staring at London's O2 Arena on June 12 and 13 before playing Manchester Arena on June 24 and 25. The tour then runs to Birmingham's LG Arena on July 9-10.

To check the availability of Kings Of Leon tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094. They will also release a career spanning, six-disc boxset, which will include all five of their studio albums plus a 2009 live DVD recorded in London, on May 13.

For more on Followill's escapades at this year's SXSW and a full report of Green Day's comeback at the Texan bash, pick up a copy of this week's NME, which is on newsstands now or available digitally.

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