Foals hail ‘old school rock feeling’ of Reading And Leeds Festivals

Yannis and co gear up for their NME/Radio 1 Stage performances

Foals frontman Yannis Philippakis has praised the spirit of Reading And Leeds Festivals, ahead of the band’s performances on the NME/Radio 1 Stage.

The Oxford band play the Leeds site tonight (August 28) and Reading tomorrow, and Philippakis has spoken to NME about what fans can expect from the group’s performances. To read the full interview with Philippakis, pick up this week’s issue of NME (out nationwide now and also available digitally worldwide).

Speaking about the festivals, he said: “There’s an old school rock feeling at Reading And Leeds that you don’t get anywhere else, people really releasing negative energy. If we had our way, there wouldn’t be any barrier between the band and the crowd.”

Philippakis added that the band’s 2008 performances at the festivals were like “a mass communion of rage”.

NME is coming live from both sites at Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend. Head to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage including news, reviews, videos and picture galleries.

Plus make sure you buy next week’s issue of NME to get the definitive review of Reading And Leeds Festivals, either on UK newsstands from September 1 or digitally worldwide.