August 2, 2012 15:19

Reading Festival boss: 'Florence And The Machine, The Black Keys and Paramore are future headliners'

Melvin Benn says he has no doubt all three of his sub-headliners will make the step up in the future

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The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has said that he firmly believes The Black Keys, Paramore and Florence And The Machine are "future headliners" of the event.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, has previously named both The Vaccines and Bombay Bicycle Club as bands he believes could top the bill at the event and has now said that all three of his sub-headliners from this year could also make the step up.

Speaking about all three acts, Benn told BBC Radio 1: "Paramore, Florence, The Black Keys – you are seeing future headliners. No question in my view. The act that plays before the headliner will get a similar expectation from the audience."

Benn also said he knew that Paramore had turned down the chance to headline other UK festivals this summer as they wanted to play in their slot at Reading and Leeds under headliners The Cure. He also said he knew that they would soon be headliners themselves.

Asked why Paramore had turned down offers to headline other festivals, he said: "They didn't want to do it. They wanted to play that position with The Cure at Reading and Leeds. They will know when the time's right, and the time will be right soon, I'm sure."

The Cure, Foo Fighters and Kasabian will headline this summer's Reading And Leeds Festivals, with The Vaccines, Enter Shikari, At The Drive-In, Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six and All Time Low playing high profile slots. See below for the line-up so far.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.

The Reading And Leeds Festivals line-ups so far are:

Reading: August 24 (Fri), Leeds: August 25 (Sat)

Main Stage

The Cure
Paramore
Bombay Bicycle Club
You Me At Six
Crystal Castles
Angels and Airwaves
Coheed and Cambria
Cancer Bats
Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage

The Maccabees
Foster The People
The Courteeners
Graham Coxon
Passion Pit
The Blackout
The Hives
Spector
Friends
Hadouken!
Here We Go Magic

The Lock Up Stage

Social Distortion
Anti Flag
Every Time I Die
Bouncing Souls
Saves The Day
Touche Amore
A Wilhelm Scream
Ceremony
Random Hand
Dead To Me
Star Fucking Hipsters
Pettybone

The Alternative Stage

Chris Ramsey (Reading)
Nathan Caton (Reading)
Late Night Gimp Fight (Reading)
Scroobius Pip (Reading)
Jason Byrne (Leeds)
Stephen K Amos (Leeds)
Naz Osmanoglu (Leeds)
Tom Deacon (Leeds)
Joel Dommet (Leeds)
Abandoman (Leeds)
Chris Shepherd (Leeds)

Reading: August 25 (Sat), Leeds: August 26 (Sun)

Main Stage

Kasabian
Florence And The Machine
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari
The Shins
Odd Future
Mystery Jets
Blood Red Shoes
Los Campesinos!

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Mastodon
Billy Talent
Miike Snow
Santigold
Dry The River
Twin Atlantic
Pure Love

Dance Stage

Metronomy
Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills
Modestep
Feed Me
Grimes
Japanese Popstars
Clement Marfo And The Frontline
Jagga
Zinc (DJ Set)

The Alternative Stage

Reginald D Hunter (Reading)
Lee Nelson (Reading)
Doc Brown (Reading)
Chris Cox (Reading)
Jimmy McGhie
Jeff Leach (Reading)
Kid Koala (Reading)
Benjamin Zephaniah (Reading)
Al Murray (Leeds)
Chris Ramsey (Leeds)
Nathan Caton (Leeds)
Late Night Gimp Fight (Leeds)
Scroobius Pip (Leeds)

Reading: August 26 (Sun), Leeds: August 24 (Fri)

Main Stage

Foo Fighters
The Black Keys
Kaiser Chiefs
Bullet For My Valentine
All Time Low
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Band Of Skulls
Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Justice
Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors
SBTRKT
Mark Langegan Band
The Joy Formidable
Tribes
Django Django
Howler
Of Monsters And Men

The Lock Up Stage

Less Than Jake
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Gallows
Turbonegro
Trash Talk
Good Riddance
The Skints
Polar Bear Club
This Is Hell
The Flatliners
Apologies, I Have None

The Alternative Stage

Jason Byrne (Reading)
Stephen K Amos (Reading)
Sean Walsh
Glenn Wool
Holly Walsh
Katherine Ryan (Reading)
Doc Brown (Leeds)
Damo Clark
Popcorn Comedy
Dave Twentyman (Leeds)
Kid Koala (Leeds)

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To check the availability of Reading Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

To check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.














To check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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