The Maccabees on Reading And Leeds Festivals slot: ‘It’s an honour to be so high up the bill’

Orlando Weeks also speaks about being blinded by a flashlight at the August event
The Maccabees have spoken about their slot at this summer’s Reading And Leeds Festivals and described it as “an honour to be so high up the bill”.

The Brighton band, who released their third album ‘Given To The Wild’ in January, will headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage on August 24 (Friday) at Reading Festival and on August 25 (Saturday) at Leeds Festival.

Speaking to NME in a video which you can see by scrolling up to the top of the page and clicking, frontman Orlando Weeks responded to a question about how the band were feeling about the prospect of headlining the NME/Radio 1 Stage by saying: “It’s an honour to be so high up the bill. I’m really looking forward to it. By then we should have got our stuff together and be all over it. We should have everything ready by then.”


Weeks added that he still thought the band were figuring out how to incorporate the songs from ‘Given To The Wild’ into their set, but he believed they’d have it down by the time they took to the stage at the end of August.

He said of this: “We’ll be getting the set right and remembering how to do festivals. It’s been a little while, so it will be a big occasion for us. Trying to fit them [the new songs] into the set isn’t the easiest thing, we’ve got the ones from the two records before and we’re trying to make it feel like it builds and goes somewhere.”

The singer also spoke about the band’s memories of playing the festival and relived one particular set where all he could see were human pyramids.

Asked about his memories of his band’s Reading And Leeds sets, Weeks said: “We played one of the tents once and it seemed like people had just figured out how to do this particular thing where you held someone aloft by their feet and you had these perfect silhouettes of people. Right at the start I got a flashlight right in the face, so for the next hour all I could do was blink and see these silhouettes. It was a nice way to savour the memory.”

Get the next issue of NME for exclusive interviews with Kasabian, Florence And The Machine and other big names on the bill. It’s on UK newsstands and available digitally from today (March 14).

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


The for 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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