Foals’ Yannis Philippakis says headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals would be a “childhood dream”

"I would like to headline Reading," said the frontman of the Oxfordshire band

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has said that headlining Reading and Leeds Festivals would be a “childhood dream”.

The band played both Reading and Leeds in August, on the main stage below Chase and Status and Eminem.

“I would like to headline Reading. At the same time I’d like to think that this desire wouldn’t affect the creative process, like inwardly,” he told Fake DIY. “If we headline Reading that’d be a childhood dream. It’d be freaky. But I’m not gonna go sit and fucking like, pre-meditate something. I know better than that.”

Speaking about the band’s current live set, Philippakis said the band are playing “better than ever”. He commented: “When we play live now, I feel like we’’re playing better than ever before… We all get pretty worked up before we play… We don’t do a sudoku, eat a granola and then go onstage. We get in a mental space that I think leads to the shows having that kind of intensity.”

Earlier this year, Reading and Leeds Festival promoter Melvin Benn said that Foals have been on his mind as a future headliner of the event. Benn, who this summer booked Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem as the dual festival’s three headline acts, revealed to NME that he considers Foals to be as good as any young band in Britain, comparing them to previous Reading and Leeds headliners Rage Against The Machine.

Asked if he could see the Oxford band 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.”

Foals will tour the UK next February, including two shows at London’s 10,000 capacity Alexandra Palace.

Foals will play:

Dublin Olympia (February 4, 5, 2014)
Manchester Apollo (7, 8)
Glasgow 02 Academy (9)
Birmingham O2 Academy (11)
Newcastle O2 Academy (12)
London Alexandra Palace (14, 15)

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