Paramore’s Hayley Williams: ‘Reading And Leeds is like a US festival but on steroids’

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Paramore‘s Hayley Williams has praised the Reading And Leeds Festivals, which the band have been confirmed to play this August.

Speaking about the August 27-29 event, which this year will see Paramore play the Main Stage before headliners Blink-182, Williams told NME.COM why she thinks the Reading And Leeds Festivals are unique.

“It’s like any of the festivals we know in the US – on steroids. The line-up is ridiculous, the Main Stage is just massive and I quite like the shopping as well. We are psyched to be playing the festival this year, we’ll get to properly thank all the fans that voted for us to win the Best International Band award at this year’s NME Awards.”


Williams added she is not quite sure how she will prepare for the band’s performances at the festival, which they last played in 2007.

“I don’t think there’s any way to fully prepare ourselves, were just gonna get up there and play a rock show and have a good time with our fans and hopefully win over some others in the process,” the singer declared.

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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.


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