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Reading & Leeds Festivals 2014: Blink-182 unveiled as first headliner

Blink 182

Story by Jack Foley

BLINK-182 are to headline the Reading & Leeds Festivals in what will mark their only UK show of 2014.

Joining them will be Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion over the August Bank Holiday Weekend (from Aug 22-24, 2014).

Announcing the first acts, Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “2013 was a year of exciting additions for Reading & Leeds Festivals, making them bigger and better than ever. With extra stages and genres at both sites, there was a new diversity for all our fans to enjoy.

“However the core essence of the festival hasn’t changed and I think the line-up for next year will most certainly reflect that.

“I know our fans will be delighted to welcome back our first headliners, Blink-182, with what promises to be an amazing show, as well as the brilliant Jake Bugg stepping up to the Main Stage. I can’t wait to reveal the rest of our incredible line-up, so watch this space!”

Blink-182 first played Reading & Leeds in 1999 and blew the Main Stage sky-high when they headlined in 2010. Mark, Tom and Travis return in 2014 to headline the Main Stage when they’ll perform a set laden with hits such as All The Small Things, Dammit and more as well as giving fans a debut airing of the much-anticipated forthcoming seventh studio album, which will be released next summer.

With sold out crowds at both Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2013, fans are urged to get tickets early for 2014.

Now securing your ticket is even easier with the improved £50 deposit scheme. To save a spot at Reading & Leeds 2014, the £50 deposit scheme and ticket instalment plan have been merged to create a brand, spanking new simple ticket plan.

Simply put down £50 to bag your place, and then pay three further instalments of £53.50 a month, which includes the booking fee, but with postage payable.

Weekend tickets cost £202.50 plus applicable booking fees.

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person, address or payment card for those booking by telephone or online. The credit card line is 0871 231 0821. You can book online at www.festivalrepublic.com or www.readingfestival.com or www.leedsfestival.com