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Reading & Leeds Organizer Promises Secret "Arena" Act for 2014 Festivals

posted by Dan Murphy on August 07, 2014

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Reading and Leeds, United Kingdom -- It looks like festivalgoers can expect a surprise set from a big name at Reading and Leeds this year. Organizer Jon McIldowie, who heads up booking for the UK fests, gave an interview with London's XFM claiming an unannounced arena-sized band will hit the stages in a few weeks. 

"We always get calls about a month before the festival from bands saying: 'You know how we said we didn’t want to play your festival, well now we're available and we really do,'" he said in the interview. "I’ve had about seven of those this year, including a couple from bands that are arena acts who want to do secret shows or do last minute things. One of them will… It's going to be a surprise."

Reading and Leeds saw a similar stunt back in 2012 when Green Day showed up to play entirely unannounced. Whoever it is, they'll join the likes of headliners Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, and Blink-182.

The festivals will take place August 22-24. Although Reading is entirely sold-out, tickets are still available for Leeds with three-day passes costing €213 and single-day passes going for €99.50. 

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