Reading And Leeds Festival 2013: Bands gear up for day one

Green Day and Biffy Clyro to headline

Reading And Leeds Festival 2013: Bands gear up for day one

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Green Day and Biffy Clyro will kick off the first day of Reading and Leeds Festival today (August 23) with both bands set to deliver headline sets.

Green Day will appear at Reading Festival, where they famously played a surprise set on the NME Stage in 2012. Speaking about the band's live show, festival promoter Melvin Benn said recently: "There are a number of bands that are very closely associated with Reading and Leeds and Green Day are definitely one of them. When they play, they just boss it; they absolutely own the stage and engage with the fans – that's something I will never tire of."

Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro will bring Leeds Festival to a close – performing last on The Main Stage for the first time in their career. Elsewhere at Leeds there will be performances from Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy and The Lumineers. Speaking about his band's innovative new live show, Nine Inch Nail's Trent Reznor recently said: "In terms of physical components, it's actually low-tech. It's either going to be the best thing ever or a spectacular disaster."

Other artists appearing across the Leeds site include Editors, Phoenix, Azealia Banks, Disclosure, Haim, Tribes, Knife Party, Spector, Merchandise, Wretch 32, Angel Haze and 'Harlem Shake' star Baauer.

Reading Festival, meanwhile, will welcome System Of A Down, Deftones, Frank Turner, Bring Me The Horizon and New Found Glory to the Main Stage. Other artists appearing across the Reading site include Skrillex, A$AP Rocky, Major Lazer, Bastille, Peace, Iggy Azalea, Chvrches, The Strypes, Wiley and Parquet Courts.

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

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