Reading & Leeds Festival starts this Friday, headlined by The Libertines, Mumford & Sons and Metallica. Against Me!, PVRIS, Bring Me The Horizon, Drenge and current Upset cover stars, FIDLAR will also play amongst a heap of others. Kicking off the Leeds leg on the Dance To The Radio Presents The Welcome To Leeds Festival Stage will be festival regulars, Pulled Apart By Horses.
“Leeds’ has always been a very important part of music for us when we were growing up,” says guitarist James Brown, “we all went to the festival as punters back when we were kids and we’ve all seen some of our favourite bands play some of its stages. So to get to be on the other side of the fence is a HUGE privilege for all of us.
“This year is very important though, we had to pull our set last year at Leeds’ as Rob [John Lee, bass] fell ill just before we were due on stage. So we’re very touched to of have given the opportunity to come back this year to play to anyone who missed out last year. There’s some talk of some specialist things maybe happening [during our set] that are pretty special. I can’t talk of these specialities though because they are special and I have no idea what they are yet. Special.”
“It was 2000,” he says of his first time at Leeds Festival. “Slipknot and Rage Against The Machine both played next to each other on the billing and they melted my soul and mind. There was so many people down at the main stage so early on for them both. Was completely ridiculous. I remember one of Slipknot’s guitars ended up in the audience and a huge brawl took place to grab it, it eventually became five small pieces of wood.”
This year, he’s looking forward to seeing “loads on the Friday, Tubropals (Turbowolf), The Maccabees, Refused, Hawk Eyes, The Cribs, but super frustratingly we’re flying out to Switzerland that day for another festival. Will be back on the Sunday though so will probably head back over to site for Metallica, BMTH and Royal Blood though. Will probably be pretty tired, but we might as well as they are playing in our back garden.”
Reading Festival 2015 has now completely sold out, with the last few weekend tickets snapped up a few days ago. Tickets for Leeds Festival are still available. Read more about Reading & Leeds in the September issue of Upset.