Reading And Leeds organiser Melvin Benn hints at Foals secret set

Festival takes place next weekend

Reading And Leeds organiser Melvin Benn has dropped a major hint regarding a secret set at this year’s festival.

Speaking to NME, Benn was asked if he could provide any clues to what secret act might be playing this year. In response, he appeared to suggest that Foals would be the officially-unannounced band to perform, saying, “Wild horses wouldn’t let me be able to tell you who the secret guests are. You can take from that whatever you want.”

Benn also spoke of his excitement to have Kendrick Lamar on the bill: “We worked incredibly hard to get Kendrick. We were absolutely committed to it – for me, it was a perfect booking and the audience’s response has been insane. Our Reading And Leeds audience are as excited for Kendrick as they are Mumford and Metallica. That’s in itself an incredible statement, isn’t it?”


Reading And Leeds will take place next weekend, running simultaneously at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park from August 28-30. Headliners for the 2015 event are Mumford and Sons, Metallica and The Libertines.

Organisers today issued a statement regarding issues affecting travel to the Reading leg. Planned strike action looks likely to affect First Great Western train services between Saturday August 29 through to and including Monday August 31, causing possible trouble for those traveling to and from the festival site. Ticket holders have been updated with travel advice should the strike go ahead as planned.

“It is estimated that 50 per cent of normal services operated by FGW will still operate and train services for Friday night/early hours of Saturday morning will largely be unaffected,” the statement reads.


“Services operated by South West Trains (to places like Portsmouth, Southampton and London Waterloo) and CrossCountry trains (Oxford, Birmingham and many northern cities) will still operate as normal, however this does mean that queueing times at the station will be longer than normal, particularly on Monday morning. Please make sure you give yourself plenty of time to arrive and make your way through to your train. Tickets booked on FGW trains will be valid on these services when disruptions occur.”

For festivalgoers who haven’t booked train tickets yet, the festival add: “National Express will be providing coaches to and from locations across the country, with tickets still available. What’s more, you’ll be dropped off and picked up right outside the festival site.”

Other acts announced for this year’s festival include The Cribs, The Maccabees, Palma Violets, A$AP Ferg, Azealia Banks, Django Django, Everything Everything, Slaves, Frank Turner, Peace, Swim Deep, Twin Atlantic, Parquet Courts, Spector, Charli XCX and more.

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