Reading And Leeds Festivals boss teases February 2 line-up announcement

Metallica are already confirmed to play the August events

Melvin Benn, the man behind the Reading And Leeds Festivals, has teased a major line-up announcement to come on February 2.

The Festival Republic chief last night picked up the Lifetime Achievement Award at the European Festival Awards in Groningen, Holland.

Speaking to NME after the event, he reflected on last year’s headliners, which included the band named Best Headliner at the ceremony – Arctic Monkeys.


Benn said: “The Arctic Monkeys last year were unbelievable, but you know what? That was last year. They know that was last year, and they’ll come back bigger and better in 2016 or 2017. In the same way I’ll come back and say: who’s this year?”

Pushed on who will be headlining Reading and Leeds this year, Benn said: “I wish I could tell you! All I can say is: keep your ears open on February 2.”

Metallica are the only headline act so far confirmed for the August events, topping the bill for the first time since 2008. Jamie T and Run The Jewels are also among the names confirmed for the 2015 edition. Metallica headlined 2014’s Glastonbury festival, turning in a performance that was viewed as a triumph for heavy metal.

Last year, Oasis topped a poll of which bands NME readers would like to headline Reading & Leeds in 2015 – despite the fact that the band are not presently together.

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