Frank Turner is hinting that he’s been booked for something “quite big” for next year’s Reading & Leeds festival.
Turner’s appearance at this year’s Reading & Leeds festival makes it nine appearances in nine years, which is an impressive run. “Over the years we’ve had a steady ascent,” he explains in the September issue of Upset, “which is nice. I played three of four years in a row, it went well and it just kind of turned into a thing. It was already kind of ridiculous how many years in a row I’d done and the guys at Reading took us to one side and said, ‘It’s fine, just keep playing. You’re welcome back anytime’.”
It’s an offer Frank’s looking to hold on to. “Hopefully we’ll go to ten years next year. This year’s a slightly weird one. I think we’re planned for something quite big next year so they’re putting me on ice this year,” he says shaking his head. ”Putting me on ice, I’m headlining a stage, what a ridiculous thing to say. It’s going to be a solo show, which will be fun. I’m grateful to be invited and people generally come to whatever stage I’m playing so it’s all right.”
He’s played practically every stage at the festival but there’s one slot he’s still got an eye on. “Fuck yeah, headlining Sunday night,” he fires back immediately with a smirk. “Of course there’s a little bit of nerves but I’m quite proud of this record,” Frank ventures of ‘Positive Songs For Negative People’. “I think it’s what I wanted to do,’ he adds.
Read the full interview with Frank Turner in September’s edition of Upset, out on Friday 21st August. Order a copy here. Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / Upset.