Florence Welch: ‘I was terrified the first time I went to Reading Festival’ – video

Singer says it's 'good to be going back' this summer

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has spoken about her slot at this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals.

The singer, who released her second album ‘Ceremonials’ last year, will perform below headliners Kasabian on the Main Stage on August 25 (Saturday) at Reading Festival and on August 26 (Sunday) at Leeds festival.

Speaking to NME in a video interview you can watch by scrolling to the top of the page and clicking, Welch recounted her early memories of the bash. “I’m really excited [to be playing],” she said. “Reading was the first festival I ever went to. I think it was my 14th birthday present and I was terrified. But it feels good to be going back and actually playing there.”

Welch, who also recounted the first time she played the festival wearing a lime green catsuit slashed to the navel which was given to her by MGMT’s Andrew VanWyngarden, added: “I think it was my birthday the last Reading that we did, I’d just turned 24. I woke up and did a smaller set in one of the tents, like a surprise gig, and the whole crowd that was there sang me happy birthday. But because we’d had my birthday party that night and it ended up in total carnage.”

She continued: “There was a bar on this stag, and I ended up trying to crowd surf but fell off the stage. I cut my thumb open and there was blood everywhere. Half of us ended up in A & E. it was basically everything you want from a birthday – lots of blood and crowd-surfing.”

Get the next issue of NME for exclusive interviews with Kasabian, Florence And The Machine and other big names on the bill. It’ll be on UK newsstands on Wednesday (March 14) and available digitally.

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
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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