Kings Of Leon promise credit crunch-busting Reading And Leeds Festivals set

Caleb Followill discusses band's festival plans exclusively with NME.COM

Kings Of Leon have vowed to play a credit crunch-busting top value set when they headline the Reading And Leeds Festivals this summer.

As revealed by NME.COM yesterday (March 30), the band will headline the August bank holiday event (August 28-30) with Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys.

Speaking to NME.COM, Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill has hinted not only will the band will play one of their longest sets, but they intend to fit in with the bank holiday party mood.


“To be honest, I didn’t know there was a festival in the UK that wasn’t a party festival,” declared the singer. “I hope there’s still that party atmosphere this year. I know times are kind of tough on the world financially. If you spend that money to go to festival I think you should be able have a good party.”

He added that despite Kings Of Leon‘s success with fourth album ‘Only By The Night’, which has sold over three million copies worldwide since its release last year, the Followills were aware of the pressures the recession is causing for their fans.

“Just because things are going well for us, that doesn’t mean we don’t have family and friends that we don’t see the effects and what’s happening. Anyone who’s going to come and spend that money, I hope they get their bang for their buck!” declared Followill.

He added: “Everyone keeps saying that (we are recession-proof), but I keep waiting on the sky to open up and something to happen to us!”

For the full exclusive Kings Of Leon interview, get this week’s issue of NME, on UK newsstands nationwide from tomorrow (April 1).

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