Top festival boss claims Florence + The Machine will only ‘do one UK festival this year’

Melvin Benn says he has been unable to book band for either Latitude or Reading and Leeds

The man in charge of both Reading and Leeds Festival plus Latitude has claimed that Florence + The Machine will only appear at one UK festival this summer, and that it is neither of his.

Melvin Benn spoke to NME at the launch of Latitude Festival in London last night, a festival which will be headlined by Alt-J, Noel Gallagher and Portishead. Reading and Leeds, meanwhile, have booked The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica for this years event.

When asked if Florence & The Machine were approached to play Reading and Leeds, Benn revealed that Florence will only play one UK festival this summer. “We would if she was going to work festivals this year,” he said. “She is going to do one [UK] festival this year, but she just didn’t want to do a festival run. Florence would have been terrific, but there’s a whole number of female acts that would have been terrific on the bill as well. I don’t think people can actually appreciate how difficult it is in terms of timing.”

Glastonbury organiser Emily Eavis recently denied rumours that Florence + The Machine will headline Glastonbury this year, though did not rule out the possibility that the band will perform at the festival.

Florence + The Machine return later this year, having recently announced details of new album ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ and the single ‘What Kind Of Man’.

‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ is the third album from Florence + The Machine and follows 2009 debut ‘Lungs’ and its follow up ‘Ceremonials’, which arrived two years later. Produced by Markus Dravs (Björk, Arcade Fire, Coldplay), the new album also includes contributions from Paul Epworth, Kid Harpoon and John Hill and will be released on June 1.

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The ‘How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful’ tracklisting is as follows:

‘Ship To Wreck’
‘What Kind Of Man’
‘How Big How Blue How Beautiful’
‘Queen Of Peace’
‘Various Storms & Saints’
‘Long & Lost’
‘Third Eye’
‘St Jude’

Florence + The Machine will play BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Norwich this May, and are also due to play a number of European festivals this summer including Way Out West in Sweden, Super Bock Super Rock in Portugal, Benicàssim in Spain, Oya in Norway, Flow Festival in Finland, Rock Werchter in Belgium and Hurricane and South Side festivals in Germany as well as Electric Picnic at Stradbally Hall, Co. Laois in Ireland this September.