LINKIN PARK, BLUR, METALLICA FOR READING AND LEEDS

And a host of other names announced for the Carling Weekend...

LINKIN PARK, BLUR

and METALLICA have been confirmed as the headline acts for THE CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS festivals, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

This year’s event takes place between Friday, August 22 and Sunday, August 24 at Temple Newsam in Leeds and Richfield Avenue in Reading, subject to licence.

At Reading on the Friday (which corresponds to Saturday at Leeds), Linkin Park will headline the Main Stage, with support from Blink 182.

The following day in Reading (23), which corresponds to Sunday 24 in Leeds, Blur, as they did in 1999, will headline the Main Stage, on a bill that includes Polyphonic Spree.

The final day’s bill in Reading (24), which will open the festival in Leeds, will see the return of 1997 headliners Metallica. Support on the Main Stage comes from Hundred Reasons.

A variety of other bands have been confirmed to play, although their stages and days are yet to be confirmed. They are Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beck, Placebo, [/a], [a], [/a], Courtney Love, [a], [/a], [a], [/a], [a] and [a][/a].

Tickets for the event are on sale now, and are priced £95 for a weekend pass. For tickets, call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663.

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Festival organisers are going to great lengths this year in an attempt to avoid the problems at last year’s Leeds festival, when scores were arrested amid violent scenes in a festival campsite.

This year, an application has been lodged for two different sites, with an option of nearby Bramham Park if Temple Newsam’s licence bid fails.