Rudimental at the VO5 NME Awards 2018

Rudimental talk ‘silly, 30 plus, ageing rockers’ complaining about festival line-ups

"Kendrick Lamar is a great headliner for Reading & Leeds - he is one of the most pioneering artists"

Rudimental have hailed Kendrick Lamar as “one of the most pioneering artists” ahead of his upcoming headline slot at Reading & Leeds – pouring scorn over any critics of the line-up. Watch our video interview with band above.

The band were speaking to NME on the red carpet of the VO5 NME Awards 2018, where the festival favourites discussed the current make-up of acts on recent festival bills. This comes after Louis Tomlinson led a backlash against Coachella, calling for more rock bands to be on the bill. Similar complaints were also made by some fans this week about the Reading & Leeds 2018 line-up.

Now, after Jack White predicted that “rock n’ roll needs an injection of new blood” to take over festivals once again, dance pop giants Rudimental argue that diversity is a good thing for music fans.

“Those people who are complaining are just silly, 30 plus, ageing rockers,” Piers Agget told NME. “It’s like when Jay Z headlined Glastonbury. What was wrong with that? I thought it was a wicked performance. Kendrick Lamar is probably one of the most pioneering artists. I mean you can call him a rapper, but really he’s an artist.

“A good festival has a bit of everything, and I think Kendrick is a great headliner for Reading & Leeds. If you’ve got a problem with it, don’t buy a ticket. I’ll be going, but hopefully not buying a ticket.”

Heading up the bill for Reading & Leeds are Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon, Courteeners, Wolf Alice, Skepta, and Panic! At The Disco, as the iconic festivals returns to both cities across Bank Holiday Weekend. Many more names will be added in the weeks and months ahead.

Reading & Leeds Festival takes place from 24-26 August at Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. For tickets and more information, visit here.