Lostprophets' Ian Watkins: 'We'd headline Reading and Leeds for free' - watch

Singer says if their set isn't the best ever, organisers can keep their fee

Lostprophets' frontman Ian Watkins has said it's always been a dream of his to headline the festival - so much so, he'd do it for free.

Speaking to NME, he said: "If we play and it's not the best headline slot that's ever happened there, then they don't have to pay us." Watkins also revealed the band have written five new songs for the follow-up to fifth album 'Weapons', released earlier this year.

He said: "Everyone is on exactly the same page whereas with 'Weapons' we were all finding it out. I think there's a gut feeling with where the next record has to go. I'd like to have it out next summer. We're determined this time to not go away for a year or two years, which we always do. It's the Rihanna mentality where people say 'Another album? Didn't you just..? Another one?' and by the time they've looked away and turned back you've got another album. But you don't want to bore people, but we've never done that We've got loads of ideas so it'd be nice to keep it going."

He went on to say the band, who formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album 'Thefakesoundofprogress' in 2000, have always felt like underdogs, but enjoy it as it means they "never get complacent." "When you get to the point of 'Oh, whatever' then knock it on the head," he added. "I never thought of doing anything else."

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