Blink-182 to headline Reading and Leeds Festival 2014

  • 3 December 2013
  • From the section Music
Blink-182's Mark Hoppus

Blink-182 have been announced as headliners at Reading and Leeds Festival in 2014.

Joining them at the event in August will be Jake Bugg, Disclosure and Metronomy.

Other acts including Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion have also been announced for next year's line-up.

Blink-182 vocalist Mark Hoppus said: "I'm stoked to play Reading and 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."

The band first played Reading and Leeds in 1999 and headlined in 2010. This will be their only UK performance in 2014.

"They are one of those perpetual teenager bands, they're brilliant," festival organiser Melvin Benn told Newsbeat.

He said after their fourth time performing at Reading and Leeds, he knew he wanted them as future headliners.

"The excitement around them was immense, the audience was just huge, the performance was fantastic," he said.

"We said when they came off stage in 2010 that we wanted them back within five years.

"It was one of them, where it was just about as easy as it gets to get it all sorted out."

Jake BUgg

The festival also announced Jake Bugg would be back for a third time, playing the main stage at Reading and Leeds.

"I was just kind of starting out the first time I played and it was a really important gig for me," he said.

"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."

The other two headliners have been booked according to Melvin Benn but we will have to wait until next year to find out who they are.

"I'd say the first week of February, we'll announce at least one more headliner and a few more bands and mid-March to go out with the rest of the bill."

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