Reading And Leeds Festivals chief Melvin Benn has believes that Guns N’ Roses will be onstage on time when they headline this year’s event (August 27-28).
Speaking to NME.COM as the line-up for the 2010 event was announced this evening (March 29), the Festival Republic boss recalled that when Axl Rose‘s men played Leeds Festival in 2002, they actually took to the stage after they were supposed to have left.
“I think I’m going to tell them they’re playing the day before [laughs] it’s the easiest thing really,” Benn joked. The stories of Axl Rose turning up onstage late are the thing of legend but I’m led to believe he’s got a new manager and I’ve been given wonderful assurances it won’t be an issue this time.”
Speaking about the other Main Stage headliners, Benn added that he believed both were coups for his festival.
“The long awaited return of Arcade Fire. It’s a real step up for them but I think it’s a testament to how important a band they’ve become,” he said.
“And then there’s Blink-182, no one thought they’d play any European festivals because of [Travis Barker]’s plane crash, and logistically it’s proving to be one of those things involving boats and planes. They’ve been at the top of the forums for a long, long time so it’s a real plus for us.”
Guns N’ Roses, Arcade Fire and Blink-182 are set to headline the 2010 bash – while The Libertines are set to reform especially for the event. Read the full 2010 Reading And Leeds Festivals line-up on NME.COM now.
Get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands from Wednesday (March 31), for exclusive interviews with this year’s acts, including a cover story with The Libertines.
In the meantime you can watch a video interview with Reading And Leeds Festivals chief Melvin Benn about this year’s event on the right.