Rock heroes Queens Of The Stone Age and pop-rock trailblazers Paramore will co-headline the Main Stage at this years Reading and Leeds Festivals, writes Graham Walker.
The festivals, both from August 22 to 24, will see the two superbands share the prestigious stage on Friday at Reading and Saturday at Leeds.
It will be their only UK performances of 2014.
Sheffield’s own inimitable multi BRIT and NME Award winning Arctic Monkeys will grace the stage in an England and Wales festival exclusive set on Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds.
Pop-punk legends Blink-182 will also perform their only UK shows of 2014 on the Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.
Festival veterans You Me At Six are returning and Jake Bugg will step up to the Main Stage.
The Grammy Award winning Vampire Weekend and multi Grammy Award-winning hip-hop duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, one of the biggest breakthrough acts of 2013, will also hit the Main Stage alongside fellow Americans Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, and the UK’s Deaf Havana.
Over on the NME/Radio 1 Stage, alongside previously announced headliners Disclosure and Courteeners, will be Bombay Bicycle Club, who return to the Festivals with their new Number One album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, as well as catchy electronic pop group Chvrches, UK single chart toppers Clean Bandit and mysterious London hype duo Jungle.
This year’s BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage will feature confirmed headliners Netsky Live, joined by Australian superstar Flume and a special DJ set from drum ‘n’ bass heavyweights Pendulum.
Across the festival there will be performances from Klaxons, David Rodigan MBE, Lower Than Atlantis, Boys Noize, Danny Brown, Eagulls, The Fat White Family and many more.
With many more acts to be announced in the coming weeks across these stages, as well as the Festival Republic Stage, Lock Up Stage, The Pit, BBC Introducing Stage and the Alternative Stage, this year promises to be one of the best yet for the UK’s best Festivals, say organisers.
A spokesman tonight added: “Following the expansion of the Festival last year to encompass even more music and genres, Reading & Leeds Festivals are back with a line-up that’s more spectacular than ever.
“Bringing the biggest and best names in rock, indie, dance, alternative, grime and hip-hop to the UK for the bank holiday weekend that remains completely unrivalled, it really is the only place to see such an exciting mix of acts!”
For more details and tickets visit the official festival sites at www.leedsfestival.com and www.readingfestival.com.