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Reading And Leeds Festivals boss: 'If The Smiths reformed, it would destroy their legacy'

Melvin Benn says he'd back an Oasis reunion though

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The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has said he hopes The Smiths never reform as it would "destroy their legacy".

The beloved indie band split in 1987 and have batted away suggestions about a reformation ever since, with guitarist Johnny Marr recently joking to NME that he will only reform The Smiths if the current UK government steps down. You can see him make the comment in a video interview by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, has said that he would not be excited at the prospect of a reunion of the band and would be against it happening at all.

Asked about this, Benn told NME: "I think if The Smiths reformed it would destroy their legacy personally. I’m sure grown men would cry if it happened but I wouldn’t want to see them reforming."

Then asked if he had any qualms about Oasis reuniting, Benn said that he did not and he would happily book them again.

Speaking about this, he replied: "Hopefully there will come a day when Oasis do the same [reunite] but I hope it doesn’t come too soon. Oasis were just one of those bands where you walked away feeling happy. It was very rare you could go and watch Oasis and not have a great time. Whether we wait until 2015, 2020 or 2040 I don’t know, but it'd be nice if it happened at some point."

You can watch interviews with Kasabian, Florence And The Machine, The Vaccines, Two Door Cinema Club and The Maccabees talking about their plans for Reading And Leeds Festivals by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.

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

The for 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

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
Special Guests
Blood Red Shoes

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Billy Talent
Miike Snow

Dance Stage

Metronomy
Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills

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

Photo Gallery – The 30 Greatest Reading And Leeds Festivals Moments

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.

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Johnny Marr - 'We'll Reform The Smiths When The Government Steps Down'
Video: Johnny Marr - 'We'll Reform The Smiths When The Government Steps Down'

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