Reading And Leeds Festivals boss: ‘Bombay Bicycle Club and Vaccines are future headliners’

Melvin Benn also reveals he's got his bill toppers in mind for 2013

The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has tipped Bombay Bicycle Club and The Vaccines to headline the festival in the future.

Both bands are third from the top on the Main Stage at the festival this year, with The Vaccines sitting below Kasabian and Florence And The Machine and Bombay Bicycle Club underneath headliners The Cure and Paramore.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, when asked why he had given big slots to both The Vaccines and Bombay Bicyle Club, said: “Last year’s performances from both Bombay and The Vaccines saw them really claim that audience space and demand the attention they deserve and the performances from both bands last year were brilliant. They just feel like they are going to be headliners in the future.”


Asked why he thought this, Benn replied that he believed both bands had a crossover appeal that went beyond people who were just fans of guitar music.

He added: “Kids who are not into guitar bands also seem to be into both bands. They’re crossover bands.”

Benn also confirmed that he was already looking to the bill for 2013 and had headliners in mind. Asked if he was already working on next year’s bill toppers, he replied: “We are but we have no names lined up yet.”

Meanwhile, pick up the latest issue NME to read exclusive interviews with Kasabian, Florence And The Machine and other big names on the Reading and Leeds bill. It’s on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, and 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
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

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

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

Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors

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