The Cure’s Robert Smith: ‘We’re coming full circle by headlining Reading and Leeds’

Singer also tells NME band could re-release their last album '4:13 Dream'

The Cure‘s Robert Smith has said the band feel as if they are coming “full circle” by headlining this year’s Reading and Leeds Festival, despite having no new album to promote.

The band, who released their last album ‘4:13 Dream’ in 2008, do not currently have a record contract, and Smith says they have no plans to record any new material. However, he said he’d be keen to re-release ‘4:13 Dream’ as a double album after being dissuaded by the “fucking idiots who were around me” at the time of its original release.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with NME which you can read in this week’s issue, Smith drew parallels with the last time the band played at the festival in 1979, which in those days was a one-legged event held only at the Reading site. He explained: “It’s almost like we’ve gone full circle and we’re back to the point where we’re playing Reading Festival and I’m doing it solely because I want it to be a good day.”


Smith continued:

I can’t see our career arc any more. I’ve got absolutely no idea. We haven’t signed to anyone since the last album came out and the contract was up. I’m not even signed as a writer. To be really honest, if we’re gonna do something it has to be really good.

To read the full interview with Smith, where he discusses the possibility of playing guest spots with other bands at Reading and Leeds and recalls their 1979 appearance at the festival, pick up the latest issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands and available digitally now.

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

The 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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To check the availability of Reading Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

To check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.