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Kaiser Chiefs
Kaiser Chiefs, main stage, Saturday

Ready for 2006

The Leeds Festival line-up has been announced and there's a Yorkshire flavour to the main stage.

Leeds' Kaiser Chiefs, Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys and West Yorkshire's The Cribs will all be making their main stage debuts at this year's festival, to be held at Bramham Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Matthew Bellamy, Muse
Muse, main stage, Sunday

Tickets for this year's festival have sold out in record time. Weekend tickets, for both Leeds and Reading, sold out within one hour of going on sale through internet outlets whilst tickets at HMV stores sold out within minutes of the doors opening with some stores reporting queues from 2am on the morning of release.

The festival will start in style on Friday 25 August 2006, with headliners on the first night Pearl Jam, making their first ever UK festival appearance.

On Saturday Franz Ferdinand will be the main headliners and on Sunday Muse will take the top slot.

The initial list of bands was launched at the Cockpit in Leeds. BBC Raw Talent's Alan Raw was there are spoke to festival organiser Melvyn Benn about this year's acts.

Melvyn says: "I'm excited about the line-up, of course I'm excited about the line-up. I'm more excited about Pearl Jam that I can even begin to tell you...

"And that isn't even the beginning - Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs - Yorkshire at home. This is better than going to see Yorkshire cricket - it's phenomenal."

This year's Leeds Festival is set to be one of the most exciting ever, proving for once and for all that, as Melvyn says: "Yorkshire is unquestionably the centre of the musical universe."

Melvyn also confirmed that we can expect a repeat of last years' hit Unsigned Stage exclusively at the Leeds leg of the festival. Details will be announced soon.

Here's the Main Stage line-up (last updated Friday 9 June 2006):

Friday 25 August 2006

  • Pearl Jam
  • Placebo
  • My Chemical Romance
  • Slayer
  • Bullet For My Valentine
  • Less Than Jake
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • Killswitch Engine
  • Story of the Year
  • Mastodon

Saturday 26 August 2006

  • Franz Ferdinand
  • Kaiser Chiefs
  • Audioslave
  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • The Subways
  • Panic! At the Disco
  • Dashboard Confessional
  • Fightstar
  • Towers of London

Sunday 27 August 2006

  • Muse
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • The Streets
  • Feeder
  • Dirty Pretty Things
  • The Futureheads
  • The Cribs
  • Wolfmother
  • Flogging Molly
  • Aiden

For the full line-up including the Radio 1/NME Stage, Dance Stage and Carling Stage see the official Leeds Festival website:

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