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Biffy Clyro And Fall Out Boy Announced As Reading And Leeds Co-Headliners


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Biffy Clyro And Fall Out Boy have been announced as the final headliners for this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. The two American bands join Foals, Disclosure and Red Hot Chili Peppers who are also topping the bill over the August bank holiday.

Fall out boyFall Out Boy have been announced as headliners for this year’s Reading and Leeds festival.

The two bands will play on the same days as The 1975, The Vaccines and rapper A$AP Rocky. Also just added to this year’s bill are HAIM, Travi$ Scott, Jack Garratt, The Wombats, Chvrches and Lower Than Atlantis.

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Atmosphere - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 3 at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Against Me and Atmosphere
Against Me and Atmosphere
Against Me and Atmosphere
Against Me and Atmosphere
Atmosphere, Mm and Artist

The Libertines , Pete Doherty - The Libertines Headline Reading Festival Day 3 at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty

The Libertines , Pete Doherty - The Libertines Performance on Main Stage Headling at Reading Festival Day 3 at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty
The Libertines and Pete Doherty

Little Comets - Little Comets - Performance - Reading Festival. - Day 3 at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Little Comets
Little Comets
Little Comets
Little Comets

Charli XCX - Leeds Festival 2015 - Day 3 - Performances at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Charli Xcx
Charli Xcx

Sara Pascoe - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 3 - Performances at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Sunday 30th August 2015

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Sara Pascoe
Sara Pascoe
Sara Pascoe
Joel Dommett
Joel Dommett

All Time Low - Performances Day 2 Leeds Festival 2015 at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 29th August 2015

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All Time Low
All Time Low
All Time Low
All Time Low
All Time Low

Mumford , Sons - Mumford and Sons Headline Day 2 Leeds Festival 2015 at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Saturday 29th August 2015

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Mumford and Sons
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Mumford and Sons

Wolf Alice , Ellie Rowsell - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 2 at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Saturday 29th August 2015

Wolf Alice and Ellie Rowsell
Wolf Alice and Ellie Rowsell
Wolf Alice and Ellie Rowsell
Wolf Alice and Ellie Rowsell
Wolf Alice and Ellie Rowsell

Ami, Lana, Sharon, Leggsy , Atmosphere - Reading Festival 2015 - Day 2 - Atmosphere at Reading Festival - Reading, United Kingdom - Saturday 29th August 2015

Ami, Lana, Sharon, Leggsy and Atmosphere

Jamie XX - Leeds Festival 2015 - Day 1 - Performances - Jamie XX at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

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Jamie Xx
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Jamie Xx

Kendrick Lamar - Leeds Festival 2015 - Day 1 - Performances - Kendrick Lamar at Bramham Park, Leeds Festival - Leeds, United Kingdom - Friday 28th August 2015

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Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick Lamar
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Kendrick Lamar

Reading & Leeds Festival 2015 Line-Up Add Further Names To Line-up


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Reading & Leeds Festival goers will be happy to hear the line up for this year has been released, and it is already looking like an incredible weekend for music enthusiasts. The bank holiday weekend of 28th-30th August 2015 will be hosting one of the UK's biggest music festivals. Across the weekend, bands are being plucked up to offer one of the best line-ups for the festival yet. Mumford And Sons will be headlining alongside Metallica this year, four years after their last performance at the festival. They will be joined by Royal Blood, Bastille, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Hannah Wants, Rebel Sound ft. Chase & Status, Rage, David Rodigan and Shy FX, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, and plenty more yet to be announced.

Mumford and Sons are due to perform at 2015's Reading and Leeds festivals
Mumford and Sons are due to perform at 2015's Reading and Leeds festivals

Mumford and Sons are proving to be a great choice for headline act this year. The bands last performance at Reading & Leeds was in 2010, where they played on the NME/ BBC Radio 1 stage. This will be their first live performance in two years, and with their stage upgraded to the Main stage, they are showing themselves to be a very worthy choice for headline act. 

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Twitter Reacts To Mumford And Sons Headlining Leeds And Reading 2015


Mumford And Sons Leeds & Reading Festival

Mumford And Sons have been announced as the headliners for this year's Leeds and Reading Festivals and will share the Main Stage with U.S rockers Metallica. The British band, who have enjoyed huge success across the Atlantic, previously appeared at the festivals in 2010 when they performed on the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage.

Mumford and SonsMarcus Mumford will be hitting the Leeds & Festival festivals this summer

After a brief hiatus, the shows will be Mumford and Son's first UK performances in over two years though they'll make their live comeback at the Bonnaroo festival in Manchester, Tennessee in June alongside Billy Joel and Kendrick Lamar. The group headlined the Glastonbury Festival in 2013. 

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Leeds & Reading Festival Announce Bbc Introducing Stage For 2014

Posted on 30 July 2014

Leeds & Reading Festival Announce Bbc Introducing Stage For 2014

As Paramore And QOTSA Join Line Up, A Look At The Reading And Leeds Headliners


Leeds & Reading Festival Paramore Queens Of The Stone Age Arctic Monkeys Blink 182

The final headliners for Reading and Leeds have been announced and for the first time ever festival goers will be treated to four headline acts over the weekend. Yes, joining the already announced Arctic Monkeys and Blink 182 is both Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore, who will share headlining duties. So now we know the full lineup lets take a  closer look at this year’s headlining acts.

Arctic Monkeys at the Brit AwardsThe Arctic Monkeys at this year's Brit Awards

Arctic Monkeys

Continue reading: As Paramore And QOTSA Join Line Up, A Look At The Reading And Leeds Headliners

First Reading & Leeds Festival Acts: Blink 182, Disclosure And Jake Bugg Amongst First Official Announcement


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US rockers Blink 182 have become the first headliners announced for the Reading and Leeds Festivals in 2014, according to an official announcement from the festival organisers.

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Blink 182 Are The First Announced Reading & Leeds Headliners.

The pop punk trio will be returning headliners after their previous top slot in 2010. Set to take place during next August's Bank Holiday Weekend the twinned festivals after their previous stint headlining the event in 2010. The first batch of acts was revealed on Radio 1 this evening and Blink 182's mark Hoppus spoke of exciting new music planned for the festival.

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Fresh Off Their US Tour, Twenty One Pilots Talk Social Media And Cultural Differences At Leeds Festival


Twenty One Pilots Leeds & Reading Festival

Twenty One Pilots are an Ohio-born duo, boasting a light indie/electronic sound and clever lyrics. It’s no surprise then that the band (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun), which was only formed in 2009 has already been signed by Fueled by Ramen. The duo are enjoying considerable success over the pond with their debut full-length record Vessel, but this week they were playing exclusively for the enthusiastic audience at Leeds Festival – and they even found some time to talk to ContactMusic about the experience.

Twenty One Pilots
Fresh off their US tour, the duo still have a packed year ahead of them.

Josh Dun had nothing but good memories of the experience to share: “It was our first time ever at Leeds Festival and we were just talking about how, gosh, we’ve both, separately and together, watched so many videos online of performances at Leeds and we’ve never even been here before in our lives.” “To get to play was a good experience for us.”

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Dan Croll: "I Recorded Most Of My Debut Album In An Old Primary School"


Dan Croll Leeds & Reading Festival

May we introduce to you, Dan Croll - if he isn't on your radar right now, prepare for your music collection to be invaded. The 23 year-old Staffordshire songwriter isn't long out of Liverpool's Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) but has already had just his second ever single, 'Compliment Your Soul' remixed by London DJ duo The Very Best, has had a summer chock full of festivals booked with more to come and is about to set sail his debut album into the stormy waters of the music industry.

Dan Croll

Croll only played Harrogate's Beacons festival last week ,but was back in Yorkshire again only to chat to us. Well, not really; he was in Leeds to perform at the festival but this was a finer detail once we got cosy with the charming Dan Croll inside the confines of our white picket fence. There was a winning modesty to the singer and multi-instrumentalist who seemed to have forgotten he was picked as 'Songwriter of the Year' by the Musicians Benevolent Fund and once earned himself a one-to-won session with Sir Paul McCartney himself.

Continue reading: Dan Croll: "I Recorded Most Of My Debut Album In An Old Primary School"

Fall Out Boy Give Out The Leeds Festival Love And Talk About Their Latest Sound


Fall Out Boy Leeds & Reading Festival

Since their brief hiatus, Fall Out Boy have emerged as strong as they ever were. Returning to their beloved Leeds Festival, bassist Pete Wentz and his band mates talked about what the festival means to them – despite the awful wheather – and what it was like to come back from their individual projects and reboot the band.

Fall out BoyFall Out Boy love coming over to England

“We’re very excited to be back at Leeds,” explained Wentz ahead of their performance. “It’s fun for us to play; we’ve come here so many different times – we’re just excited to be back." And they had reason to be, their set went down a storm at the legendary Yorkshire music fest, proving that the good old U.K will always have a place in their heart for a spot of Fall Out Boy.

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Dan Croll - Video Interview


Video Interview with Dan Croll at Leeds Festival 2013

Dan Croll talked to us at Leeds Festival 2013 about his upcoming debut album which is set to be released towards the end of January. He recently released the album's third single 'In/Out'.

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Phoenix - Video Interview


Video Interview with Phoenix at Leeds Festival 2013

Thomas Mars and Laurent Brancowitz of French quartet Phoenix talked to us at Leeds Festival 2013 about making their new album 'Bankrupt' and revealed their best festival show of the summer.

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Jake Bugg Talks Album Number Two And Partnering With Rick Rubin [Interview]


Jake Bugg Leeds & Reading Festival Rick Rubin Chad Smith Red Hot Chili Peppers

We managed to grab Jake Bugg for a quick chat at Leeds Festival 2013 over the weekend (August 23rd - 25th) where, among other things, he opened up about what to expect from his sophomore album and upcoming tour dates.

On album two, Jake has teamed up with one of the most legendary producers in the history of music; Rick Rubin - co-founder of Def Jam records who has worked with a variety of artists from Jay-Z to Metallica. 'That's the great thing about Rick, he's so diverse in what he does', says Jake. 'This year he's done the Jay-Z record and the Kanye West album and Black Sabbath. He's great to work with, he's so chilled out. I fly [to America] tomorrow to go finish off the second record so I can't wait.' He also openly admitted to not knowing who Chad Smith was (he's the Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer!) when Rubin brought him in as a studio musician but expressed regret that he had to leave the project for a RHCP record.

Watch the full interview with Jake Bugg here

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Jake Bugg - Video Interview


Video Interview with Jake Bugg at Leeds Festival 2013

Contactmusic caught up with Jake Bugg at Leeds Festival 2013 over the August Bank Holiday Weekend where he talked about his upcoming second album, working with producer Rick Rubin and having Red Hot Chili Peppers' Chad Smith drumming on the record.

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Kate Nash - Reading Festival 2013 - Day 1 - Performances - Reading, United Kingdom - Friday 23rd August 2013

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Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash
Kate Nash

Eminem Announces New Album, But Did He Mime At Leeds Festival?


Eminem Leeds & Reading Festival

Eminem is well and truly back; having performed in some of the world’s top venues, the Detroit rapper has announced a new album set for release on November 5th, with his new single Bezerk out today (Tues, 27 Aug).

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The Marshall Mathers LP 2 will be Eminem’s first release since 2010’s Recovery, and he has a fair amount of work to do to win back some lost fans, as the album garnered mostly average reviews, culminating in a 63% rating on Metacritic, which, for a rapper of his standing, will have been a disappointing response.

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Weather-Worries Are Looking Few For Leeds And Reading Festival 2013


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It may be nearing the end of the summer but Leeds and Reading Festival 2013 goers don't have much to worry about in terms of the unpredictable English weather this weekend (August 23rd - 25th).

The Met Office website has suggested some okay weather for Friday and Saturday with information still to come for Sunday. According to them, Leeds can expect temperatures going up to 23 degrees on Friday though mostly accompanied by clouds, while the following day seems to be a little cooler with a good chance of rain for most of the day before clearing up towards the evening. As for Reading, you lucky Southerners; you can expect rather a sunny morning and temperatures of possibly 25 degrees on the first day, though Saturday in Reading will perhaps also see some spots of rain before the evening approaches.

BBC Weather appears to be more optimistic, seeing 24 degree temperatures in Leeds and 26 in Reading on the Friday, though it looks mildly wet for most of the day on Saturday in Leeds and fairly bright in Reading. Sunday could be the nicest day of the weekend as campers emerge from their tents with their penultimate hangovers to find it brightening up in Leeds at 25 degrees and even reaching 27 in Reading. Other sources suggest similar forecasts, though there have been suggestions of a little rain on the Friday; possibly not disposable raincoat and heavy-duty wellies style weather, however.

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Irish Eminem Gig Culminates In 63 Arrests, 35 On Drug Charges


Eminem Leeds & Reading Festival

Yes, Eminem says we better “lose” ourselves “in the music, the moment.” He also says we “own it,” we “better never let it go,” But when he said “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow,” fans at his Slade Castle gig in Ireland may have taken him a little too seriously.

EminemEminem performing in New York

Of the staggering 63 arrests made at this raucous gig, over half were for drugs – 35 to be exact. Elsewhere: five were for assault and 22 were for public order offences while one was made for drink driving. Irish newspaper The Journal, though, claim that 63 arrests from an 80,000-strong gig is actually quite normal, and we’d be inclined to agree.

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Leeds Festival 2013 - Preview


Leeds Festival has been a not-to-miss date in our calendar for years. Over the past few years the UK has seen many boutique and independent festivals pop up and more people appear to be getting their festival fixes from these smaller events, but they're never going to be able to provide what Leeds Festival does so well. Consistency! Sometimes it is a case of 'you get what you pay for' and Leeds is a perfect example of that. Sure, Leeds perhaps isn't for the more mature gig attendee, but it never has been. It's a weekend of fun and partying that sees thousands of music fans partake in the festivities. 

Leeds Festival 2013 - Preview

Since its inception organiser Melvin Benn and the team at Festival Republic have known exactly who their audience is and catered for them, Leeds & Reading festivals now run as a well-oiled three day event that means everyone who's bought a ticket will have a great time. Even the toilets in the main arena are kept to a good level of cleanliness, far higher than most of our experiences at smaller festivals! 

Set in one of the most ideal festival grounds in the UK, Bramham Park, the festival has a well laid out site plan and features plenty of bars and activities outside of the main arena to keep people occupied all through the day and night.  

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15 Things You Might Not Know About Leeds Festival

Posted on 08 August 2013

15 Things You Might Not Know About Leeds Festival

BBC Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Posted on 25 July 2013

Bbc Introducing Stage, Dance To The Radio And Even More For The Leeds And Reading Festivals On 23-25 August 2013

Reading & Leeds Festival Announce Even More Names For 2013 Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis Plus Many More..

Posted on 26 April 2013

Reading & Leeds Festival Announce Even More Names For 2013 Skindred, Lower Than Atlantis Plus Many More..

Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Posted on 12 March 2013

Reading And Leeds Festivals Return With Green Day Headliner And More On 23rd-25th August 2013

Leeds And Reading Festival Announce Headliners Biffy Clyro Alongside System Of A Down, Foals, Fall Out Boy, Jake Bugg & Bring Me The Horizon

Posted on 04 February 2013

Leeds And Reading Festival Announce Headliners Biffy Clyro Alongside System Of A Down, Foals, Fall Out Boy, Jake Bugg & Bring Me The Horizon

Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

Posted on 22 January 2013

Nme Awards 2013 Nominations Announced

Deposit Scheme For Reading And Leeds 2013, Featuring Alt-J, Deftones And Boy Better Know


Leeds & Reading Festival Alt-J Deftones Wiley Sub Focus

It may still only be November but tomorrow (November 30, 2012), early bird tickets will go on sale for next year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals, with Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J unsurprisingly featuring on the list. The festivals take place on the August bank holiday weekend and the festival organisers are following in the footsteps of Glastonbury Festival by introducing a £50 deposit scheme, to help spread out the cost of the ticket price, which could be a little too steep, especially this close to Christmas.

Other acts to be announced in the line-up are Sub Focus, Deftones and Wiley’s grime gang, Boy Better Know. The line-up will be moving away from its rock traditions, as the tastes of the festival’s audience begins to diversify. Organiser Melvin Benn told the press earlier this year “There will quite a bit more dance music, quite a bit more other bits and pieces” and also announced that there will also be three new stages introduced at the festival, too.

Tickets for the two festivals which run the same line-ups, on separate days, will go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning . The deposit scheme ensures that fans can secure their ticket for the festival, as long as they pay the balance before March 31, 2013. For a limited period (until December 31, 2012, tickets will be on sale at 2012 prices.

Leeds Festival, Friday 24 August 2012 Live Review


Bramham Park. The site of the annual Leeds Festival since 1999. This year's line-up suggested anything other than an unlucky thirteen. More than a hundred and fifty bands and acts from Sheffield to Sacramento would share the same stages for four days of excellent entertainment like no other.

Leeds & Reading Festival - Friday 24th Review

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Leeds Festival, Saturday 25 August 2012 Live Review


Saturday's music started even earlier. Minutes after Green Day opened up the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading, Funeral Suits were bringing their individual brand of synth driven post-rock to a steadily growing crowd. Unique in their ability to effortlessly switch lead vocals and instruments, the youngsters made for a curious start to the day. From there, all attention switched to the Main Stage and another perfect Leeds Festival band in Deaf Havana getting the day's proceedings underway. Their pop tinged rock went down excellently, the attention focussed, as always, on self-deprecating singer James Veck-Gilodi and his small-town tales.

Leeds & Reading Festival - Saturday 24th Review

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Leeds Festival, Sunday 26 August 2012 Live Review


Fresh with the anticipation of a secret appearance by Green Day, hundreds of fans poured into the NME/Radio 1 Stage by eleven o'clock, in the hope that their exploits at Reading would be repeated at Bramham Park that morning. However, there was no such luck and by the time that Post War Glamour Girls took to the stage, some seventy-five people stayed to enjoy their melancholy and deeply textured rock. With a sound not far removed from some of the Smashing Pumpkins more maudlin material, those that remained in the tent were rewarded by an accomplished set by the local four-piece.

Leeds & Reading Festival - Sunday 24th Review

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Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival - Dan Auerbach, The Black Keys Sunday 26th August 2012 Reading Festival 2012 - Performances - Day Three

Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival
Dan Auerbach, Black Keys and Leeds & Reading Festival

Leeds Festival, 2012 Preview


Ahhh we always make a brief sigh of relief when we realise the August Bank holiday weekend is almost upon us, not that we here at contactmusic are planning a relaxing weekend; we'll be at our old home away from home Leeds Festival. Once again organisers have surpassed expectations and formed a line-up that embraces bands of all ages, sizes and genres.

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Leeds Festival, 2011 Live Review


See pictures from Leeds Festival 2011

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Leeds & Reading Festival, 2010 Live Review


For so long the bearer of bad timings and an even worse reputation, Leeds and its southern sister festival in Reading haven't exactly enjoyed the most positive of critical reactions in recent years. Whether it be riots or other outbreaks of anti-social behaviour to headline slots unbefitting of such a prestige event, it's fair to say that despite its commercial appeal to certain younger demographic, there's been very little to shout about from a musical perspective, Radiohead's blistering performance in 2009 being an exception rather than the norm.

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BRIAN MOLKO and Placebo - Brian Molko of Placebo Sunday 30th August 2009 at Leeds & Reading Festival Leeds, England

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Brian Molko and Placebo
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