First four for Reading and Leeds
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25 January 2006
EXCLUSIVE: Virtual Festivals can reveal four of the biggest bands playing at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals, including
two of the headliners. It's all strictly rumour, of course (but true!)
A festival source told VF that Muse and Franz Ferdinand will make up two of the three headliners at this summer's August bank
holiday rock event, with organisers believed to be in negotiations to book a more traditional rock act for
the third slot. Last year it was Iron Maiden, so expect a band from a similar mould to head up the heavier
Our guess is that Franz Ferdinand
will headline the Friday at Reading before closing Leeds on the Saturday night. The Scottish art rockers have already
proven themselves as headline material after sharing duties with Scissor Sisters at V Festival
Muse will probably top Reading's
Saturday bill before closing Leeds the following evening on Sunday. Matt Bellamy's band triumphed at Glastonbury
in 2004 (winning 'Best Live Act' in the Festival Awards that year) and with new material on the way, could once again provide
the summer's defining set.
After being voted 'Best New Live Act' in the 2005 awards, Leeds' own Kaiser Chiefs will also feature high up the bill. The
band were apparently offered a headlining slot but turned it down, possibly because they feared it would put unwanted
pressure on writing their second album. They will now play second fiddle to Franz Ferdinand.
Another band who
apparently caused headaches for organisers are Arctic Monkeys.
Following their packed out, inaugral festival appearances at Reading and Leeds last year, the Sheffield chart toppers are
said to have been asked to play third on the bill but refused because they wanted a more prestigious slot. It is believed
they will now headline the second stage.
Rumours initially pointed to The Strokes appearing
as a headliner, however that possibility now seems unlikely due to a lukewarm response to the band's third album
'First Impressions Of Earth'. However, they could potentially still appear before Muse on the bill.
Other bands rumoured to be playing the Reading and Leeds
Festivals include Alice Cooper, The Flaming Lips, Secret Machines, Clap
Your Hands Say Yeah, Wolfmother, Humanzi, Forward Russia!, Boy
Kill Boy, and Dirty Pretty Things.
One unlikely rumour doing the rounds is that Red
Hot Chili Peppers will headline. The band have hinted towards indoor venues for their next tour and
they are believed to have ruled out playing any festivals in the UK.
As previously stated, all the above is based
on (reliable) rumour and nothing will be properly confirmed until Mean Fiddler makes an official
announcement - probably in March. Stay posted to VF for the first official (and unofficial!) announcements.
and Leeds Festivals take place from 25-27 August at Little Johns Farm, Reading, and Bramham
Park, Leeds. Click on the links below for more information.