Two huge US rock acts return, and did someone mention Iron Maiden?...

FOO FIGHTERS, Iron Maiden and metal titans Pixies are amongst the big names who are set to headline this year’s CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS, NME.COM can exclusively reveal.

This year’s Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals will see a headline appearance from Dave Grohl’s band, who are putting the finishing touches to their forthcoming double album.

Although festival bosses are unwilling to confirm any names until their announcement next month, an NME.COM investigation has uncovered that Iron Maiden and Pixies are the other headliners.

A festival source told NME.COM: “They’ve bagged Iron Maiden‘ only UK shows next year, and there’s a chance they could be their last ever in Britain. It’s an open secret that Foo Fighters are playing as well.”

Iron Maiden have headlined Reading Festival before, back in 1990, but they’re not the oldest band on the bill.

In what may surprise some, metal veterans Pixies will return to the festival for the first time in over 20 years as part of their massive European tour. Pixies have played Reading before too – in 1980 and 1982, but they still remain a huge live draw.

Reading and Leeds tickets are likely to go on sale in March, with an official announcement to come on the final line-up around the same time. For more bands set to play at this year’s festival, see this week’s NME, which is out now nationwide.