COX ROCKS

Graham Coxon takes on The Darkness at this year's Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds festivals, while The Von Bondies avoid Jack White - just...

GRAHAM COXON is considering wearing an elaborate stage costume in an attempt to win over The Darkness‘ fans at this year’s CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS.

Coxon has just been confirmed to headline the Radio 1 stage at the festival on Friday night in Reading and Saturday night in Leeds, the same time The Darkness will be playing on the main stage.

He told NME.COM: “It’s a bit scary, it means I’ll have to turn up really loud and wear loud trousers. Maybe I could wear a dogtooth check catsuit? Yeah, that might be quite nice although I’m a bit funny about showing myself off in that sort of way.

“I’d go and see me rather than The Darkness. I don’t really know why, I suppose because it’s going to be raining and I’d want to take cover.”

Von Bondies have also been added to the bill, but organisers have been careful to put them on a different day AND stage to headliners White Stripes following the Jack/Jason brawl last year.

The Bondies will play below Supergrass on the Radio 1 stage, meaning the closest Jack White will get to Jason Stollstemier is when they pass each other on the M1 as the bands travel from one site to another. The Vines, Hundred Reasons and Funeral For A Friend are also among the latest acts confirmed to play the festival.

Hundred Reasons will return to the festival for their fourth year in a row to play the main stage in Reading on Friday and Leeds on Saturday.

Jurassic 5 have also been added to the main stage on the same days as Hundred Reasons. Saturday in Reading and Sunday in Leeds see Funeral For A Friend headlining the Radio 1 stage and The Vines on the main stage, while Placebo play the main stage in Reading on Sunday and Leeds on Friday.

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