Reading and Leeds Festival organiser tips alt-J and Young Fathers as potential future headliners

Melvin Benn calls Young Fathers "Absolutely insanely good"

Melvin Benn, organiser of Reading and Leeds Festival, has tipped alt-J and Young Fathers among the acts he thinks could step up to headliner status in the future.

Reading and Leeds will take place this year from August 28-30 simultaneously at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park respectively. Headliners for the event are Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.

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Speaking to DIY, Benn said that there are bands high up on this year’s bill that he thinks could top the line-up in years to come. “The three or four acts that, for me, are very obvious potential headliners in the future, and would very clearly be so, are the three penultimate acts on the main stage this year: Alt-J, Bring Me The Horizon and Kendrick Lamar.” he said. “I think all in the future could come through as headliners.”

Asked who else he has seen headliner potential in recently, Benn opted for 2014 Mercury Prize winners Young Fathers. “The best act that I’ve seen live recently are Young Fathers. I think Young Fathers are just incredible live. What’s amazing about it is the energy, the passion, and the challenge of it not being just about guitars, the challenge of the songs. They’re not a band doing things that other people have done before.”

“For me, [Young Fathers are] possibly the most exciting act to come out of the UK for ages, in terms of that starting end. Absolutely insanely good. Have they got the capability of rising to the top? Yes they have.”

Other acts announced for this year’s fest include The Cribs, The Maccabees, Palma Violets, A$AP Ferg, Azealia Banks, Django Django, Everything Everything, Slaves, Frank Turner, Peace, Swim Deep, Twin Atlantic, Parquet Courts, Spector, Charli XCX and more.

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