The Cribs stage their own ‘Reading And Leeds’ festival

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Band to play free gigs in festival locations despite not being booked this year

The Cribs are staging their own “Reading And Leeds” festival after signing up to play free shows in each town.

The band are not playing the actual Reading And Leeds Festivals this year, but will play shows at HMV shops in each location.

“We have a long, bizarre relationship with the festival, starting in 2002 when we played the comedy tent, sharing a backstage with the
hypnotic dog – (a pleasure, as I am sure you can imagine) – after that we became pretty regular fixtures, becoming the first band to do all three stages in consecutive years apparently,” Gary Jarman told NME.COM.

“So after headlining the NME/Radio 1 tent last year we thought that was a great place to leave it for a year, and not play it for the first time in god knows how long,” he added. “However we thought it might be a lark to play the cities but not the festival, so I guess we are still appearing in these historic towns like a benevolent spirit each year.”

The band, who release new album ‘Ignore The Ignorant’ on September 7, play in Leeds on August 30 and Reading on August 31. Both shows start at noon.

The Reading And Leeds Festivals, meanwhile, takes place between August 28 and 30, with Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys and Kings Of Leon headlining.