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Frontman Hayden Thorpe says he first wanted to see the band aged 15

Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe says he is planning to fulfil a lifelong ambition at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals (August 27-29), by finally getting to see headliners Blink-182.

The band are set to play the NME/Radio 1 Stage in Leeds today (August 28) and Reading tomorrow (29). In an interview with NME, which you can read in full in this week’s issue (out nationwide now), Thorpe said he had originally bought tickets to see Blink-182 when he was 15, but the concert was cancelled.

“I was going to see them at the Manchester Apollo, but one of the guys broke his arm and the show got cancelled,” he said.

However, he added that the cancellation did have its plus points. “I swapped my ticket for a Strokes ticket and it pretty much changed my life. I still have a burning desire to see Blink-182 and fulfil that 15-year-old’s fantasy.”

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