Reading and Leeds organiser says this year’s line-up 'unlike anything we’ve done before'

Melvin Benn says remaining headliners "will surprise a lot of people" ahead of Monday announcement

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Reading and Leeds Festivals organiser Melvin Benn has told NME that this year's line-up is "unlike anything we've done before" ahead of a major announcement on Monday (March 10).

The festival will announce up to 35 acts due to play – including the remaining headliners, having already confirmed Blink 182 and Arctic Monkeys will top its Main Stage.

"I think it will surprise a lot of people," he said. “As ever for us, the line-up's a mix of where popular and alternative music has been, where it is now and where it’s going next, across a real spread of genres.

"There’s unquestionably a rock tradition at Reading and Leeds but equally so there’s unquestionably a dance tradition at the festival and plenty of other sorts of sounds and audiences. So we try to reflect that. It’s a really strong lineup this year. We’re absolutely delighted with it."

Among the acts confirmed for the August bank holiday weekender are The 1975, Jake Bugg, Metronomy, Disclosure and Of Mice and Men.

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