Kasabian: ‘When we walk onstage at Reading and Leeds Festivals, the place will come alive’

Tom Meighan also describes headlining the event as "an honour"

Kasabian have spoken about their headline slot at this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals and promised a top-drawer set.

The Leicester band will headline the Main Stage on August 25 (Saturday) at Reading Festival and on August 26 (Sunday) at Leeds Festival, topping a bill that includes Florence And The Machine, The Vaccines and Enter Shikari.

Speaking to NME in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of the page and clicking, frontman Tom Meighan promised that his band will make “the place come alive” when they take to the stage at the event.

Asked about their plans for their set and what songs they were looking forward to playing, Meighan replied: “All of them. The moment we walk on that stage, the place will come alive. That’s where we most comfortable. We love playing live rock ‘n’ roll. We thrive off it.”

The band also said that they were delighted to be ask back and added that it was an “honour” to headline.

Speaking about their set, Meighan said: “We’ve not been to Reading and Leeds for a long time, we’ve done the Vs and the other places and it’s nice to be asked back. They’ve been getting the same bands for the last five years, but it’s an honour to play there.”

Both Meighan and bandmate Serge Pizzorno also said that they were really keen to see The Cure at the festival. Asked whom they most wanted to see on the bill, the duo replied: “The Cure. We’ve not seeb them, so we’d like to see them.” Meighan added that he’d love to meet Cure singer Robert Smith, who he described as “an icon”.

Get the next issue of NME for exclusive interviews with Kasabian, Florence And The Machine and other big names on the bill. It’ll be on UK newsstands on Wednesday (March 14) and available digitally.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer’s events.

The for Reading And Leeds Festivals line-ups so far are:

Reading: August 24 (Fri), Leeds: August 25 (Sat)

Main Stage

The Cure
Bombay Bicycle Club
You Me At Six
Crystal Castles
Angels and Airwaves
Coheed and Cambria
Cancer Bats
Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage

The Maccabees
Foster The People
The Courteeners

Reading: August 25 (Sat), Leeds: August 26 (Sun)

Main Stage

Florence And The Machine
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari
The Shins
Odd Future
Mystery Jets
Special Guests
Blood Red Shoes

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Billy Talent
Miike Snow

Dance Stage

Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills

Reading: August 26 (Sun), Leeds: August 24 (Fri)

Main Stage

Foo Fighters
The Black Keys
Kaiser Chiefs
Bullet For My Valentine
All Time Low
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Band Of Skulls
Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors

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