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Monday 21 April 2014

Blink-182 top Reading festival bill

Blink 182 played at the Reading Festival in 2010

US rockers Blink-182 will headline next year's Reading and Leeds festivals.

The band, who have had a string of Top 40 hits since starting out in the early 1990s, first played the festivals in 1999 and headlined in 2010.

Other acts joining them in August include Jake Bugg, Disclosure and Metronomy.

Blink-182 singer Mark Hoppus said: " I'm stoked to play Reading and Leeds 2014. It's our fourth time playing the festivals and we're very honoured.

"The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury."

It will be the band's only UK gig next year.

Bugg, who played the festival in 2012 before he released his debut album, is playing on the main stage for the first time and said the shows had become " a regular feature of my summers lately".

The Nottingham-born singer-songwriter said: " I was just kind of starting out the first time I played and it was a really important gig for me.

"Playing this year was fun and seemed like lots more people knew the songs. It was great hearing everyone singing the words back at me.

"I'm sure playing on the main stage will be a different experience again, so it's exciting. I've got my new album out so there's plenty of time for people to learn the words. It should be pretty special."

Last year's festival was headlined by US rapper Eminem.

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