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Reading and Leeds Festival 2008: The Killers, Rage Against The Machine and Metallica headline

The Killers

Story by Jack Foley

RAGE Against The Machine, The Killers and Metallica have been confirmed as the three headline acts at this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals (2008).

They will be joined by fellow US acts such as Queens of the Stone Age and The Raconteurs, as well as British rockers Editors, Dirty Pretty Things and Pete Doherty’s Babyshambles.

The event takes place, as usual, at Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds from August 22 to 24 and tickets are now on sale.

A big American presence at the festival had been hinted at in January, when organiser Melvin Benn leaked that three US bands would be topping the bill.

“[What’s] interesting this year is that, probably for the first time in my memory, we’re actually going with three American headliners,” he said.

This year’s event is also notable for no longer having a sponsor in the titles – although Mr Benn said that he will not be seeking a replacement for previous backer Carling.

Further acts to look out for on the star-studded bill include Manic Street Preachers, who will headline the NME/Radio 1 Stage, Feeder, We Are Scientists and MGMT.

The confirmed line-up for the Reading and Leeds festivals so far is:

Reading: Friday August 22, Leeds: Saturday August 23

Main Stage
Rage Against The Machine
Queens Of The Stone Age
The Fratellis
The Enemy
Biffy Clyro
Serj Tankian
Dizzee Rascal
Taking Back Sunday
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
Anti-Flag

NME/Radio 1 Stage
Babyshambles
The Wombats
Vampire Weekend
MGMT

Reading: Saturday August 23, Leeds: Sunday August 24

Main Stage
The Killers
Bloc Party
The Raconteurs
Editors
We Are Scientists
Dirty Pretty Things
The Subways

NME/Radio 1 Stage
Manic Street Preachers
Bullet For My Valentine
Justice
Foals

Reading: Sunday August 24, Leeds: Friday August 23

Main Stage
Metallica
Tenacious D
Slipknot
Feeder
Avenged Sevenfold
Dropkick Murphys

NME/Radio 1 Stage
The Cribs
Conor Oberst
Pendulum