Blink-182 to headline Reading & Leeds Festivals 2014

Jake Bugg, Disclosure and more for Reading & Leeds line-ups

Blink-182 to headline Reading & Leeds Festivals 2014

Photographer: Shirlaine ForrestChris Swindells on 03 December 2013

Having first played the festivals in 1999, Blink-182 went on to headline Reading & Leeds in 2010 and will return in 2014, in the year that the band hope to release their seventh studio album and follow-up to 2011's 'Neighborhoods'. Bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus said: "I'm stoked to play Reading & Leeds 2014. It's our fourth time playing the festivals, and we're very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury."

Jake Bugg will return to play the twinned site festivals for the third year in a row, having first played the Festival Republic Stage in 2012. Bugg said: "Reading & Leeds have become a bit of a regular feature of my summers lately, so it's amazing to be asked back again. I was just kind of starting out the first time I played and it was a really important gig for me. Playing this year was fun and seemed like lots more people knew the songs; it was great hearing everyone singing the words back at me. I'm sure playing on the Main Stage will be a different experience again, so it's exciting. I've got my new album out so there's plenty of time for people to learn the words. It should be pretty special."

Disclosure will hope to carry their glorious fortunes forward to 2014 as they return to Reading & Leeds to to top a packed tent and build upon the success of their debut 'Settle'.

Metronomy, Of Mice & Men and I Am Legion have also been newly announced for the twinned festivals, playing across eight arenas.

Mark 'Wilkinson' is best known for his dance chart Number One ‘Afterglow’, the producer and DJ will play the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage, this year topped by Magnetic Man, Sub Focus and Knife Party.

Festival boss Melvin Benn said: "2013 was a year of exciting additions for Reading & Leeds Festivals, making them bigger and better than ever. With extra stages and genres at both sites, there was a new diversity for all our fans to enjoy. However the core essence of the festival hasn’t changed and I think the line-up for next year will most certainly reflect that.  I know our fans will be delighted to welcome back our first headliners, Blink-182, with what promises to be an amazing show, as well as the brilliant Jake Bugg stepping up to the Main Stage. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of our incredible line-up, so watch this space!"

Reading Festival & Leeds Festival tickets are available now, priced at £202.50 for a weekend with camping, plus booking fees. Early entry permits are £15 again and Campervan permits at £60.

An instalment payment scheme is also available, with the first deposit just £50 and the three remaining instalments of £53.50 each due before the event.

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