Muse to play ‘Origin…’ songs for the ‘last time’ at Reading And Leeds Festivals

Matt Bellamy and co talk to NME about headline slots

Muse have said they are likely to play some songs from their ‘Origin Of Symmetry’ album for the “last time” at this year’s Reading And Leeds Festivals.

The band were speaking in the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands tomorrow (March 23) or available digitally. They are joining My Chemical Romance in headlining the August events, while The Strokes and Pulp will play co-headline slots.

Frontman Matt Bellamy said that the band want to mark the 10-year anniversary of ‘Origin Of Symmetry’‘s release in some way at the shows.


“It’s probably the last time some of these songs will ever be played live again,” he said of the 2001 album. He explained that the shows would see the band “drawing a line under one phase of our career”.

He added: “It was on the second album [‘Origin…’] that things really started happening for the band, and when we focused on the live side of things much more. So it’ll be like coming full circle: we’ve gone off on one a little bit, and now it feels like the right time to pull it back and remind ourselves of what we were doing 10 years ago.”

Get the new issue of NME for the full interview with Muse, as well as chats with the other major players heading for the festivals.

The Reading And Leeds Festivals take place on August 26–28. Muse headline the Friday night (26) at Leeds and the Sunday night (28) at Reading.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds for further line-up and ticket details.