alt-J and All Time Low will also perform at Leeds, while Bring The Horizon and Royal Blood hit Reading
Reading And Leeds Festival 2015 continues today (August 28), with headline performances from Mumford and Sons and Metallica.
Mumford & Sons will headline Leeds for the first time having headlined Reading Festival last night (August 28). The band recently told NME that the booking is a “dream come true”. They appear on a line-up at Leeds that also includes sets from Alt-J, Bastille, Palma Violets, Drenge, Peace and Swim Deep.
Keyboard player Ben Lovett told NME that their rockier new album ‘Wilder Mind’ will be the perfect sound for the festival, saying, “Reading And Leeds are rock festivals, and that’s exactly why we wanted to play them.”
Guitarist Winston Marshall added: “I cannot wait for it. I went every year as a kid. This is a dream come true. Even if we get bottled off, even if they chuck shit at us, at least I can say we’ve headlined Reading And Leeds – even if we only last 10 minutes.”
Meanwhile, in Reading, Metallica return to headline the festival for the first time since 2008.
Metallica are currently working on a follow-up to their 2008 album ‘Death Magnetic’. Speaking in April, guitarist Hammett claimed the LP was about 25 percent complete: “The songs are ever-changing at this point,” he said. “Nothing is etched in stone. We still have a lot of material have to sift through, still. We have well over a dozen songs and we still have well over two or three hundred riffs, too, so it’s hard to say at what point we actually are in in the project. I don’t think we hit the middle point yet. I would say we’re at the 25 percent point, maybe 30 percent point. It’s hard to say, but I mean we are working on it and there are songs and we’re making plans to write more songs and record.”
BBC Four will broadcast the headline sets from the Reading Main Stage with Metallica on screen between 22.40 – 00.10 tonight. Red button coverage of the festival, meanwhile, will be available between 18.30 – 00.15.
Other artists set to appear at the Reading site today include Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen and Wolf Alice.
Festival organiser Melvin Benn also recently dropped a major hint regarding a secret set at this year’s festival.
Speaking to NME, Benn was asked if he could provide any clues to whether a secret act might be playing this year.
In response, he appeared to suggest that Foals would be performing, saying, “Wild horses wouldn’t let me be able to tell you who the secret guests are. You can take from that whatever you want.”
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