Arctic Monkeys to headline Leeds and Reading Festivals

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There will be a Sheffield chill to the 2014 Leeds and Reading festivals – with the Arctic Monkeys confirmed as one of the headline acts.

The quartet from High Green in Sheffield – frontman Alex Turner, guitarist Jamie Cook, bassist Nick O’Malley and drummer Matt Helders – are currently on a world tour promoting their latest album AM, but will return to the UK to headline the festivals on the he bank holiday weekend of August 22 to 24.

Arctic Monkeys playing the Sheffield Arena

Arctic Monkeys playing the Sheffield Arena

It has not yet been announced which nights the Arctic Monkeys will play at Leeds or Reading.

Sheffield’s indie rock superstars first performed at Leeds and Reading Festivals - on one of the smaller stages - in 2005, prior to the release of their debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

The quartet played on the main stage in 2006, returning to headline the Festivals in 2009.

Voted as NME’s Album of The Year in 2013, AM saw the band return to the top of the charts with Do I Wanna Know?, Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High and R U Mine?.

They sold out the biggest ever capacity crowd at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena with 13,600 people.

Next they are up for Best British Group and Best British Album, for AM, at this year’s Brit Awards - where they will also perform, along with Katy Perry and Justin Timberlake, at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, February 19.

The I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor superstars have been a mainstay at the Brit Awards for the past eight years.

They have won five out of their seven nominations, but they haven’t picked up a prize since their Best British Album win for Favourite Worst Nightmare in 2008.

Arctic Monkeys last week saw off formidable competition from David Bowie’s critically acclaimed first album for a decade to win the pop music award at the 2014 South Bank Awards.

The quartet have come a long way since their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not and are now one of the world’s biggest indie rock bands.

Reading & Leeds Festivals have also announced other headliners Blink 182, in their only UK shows of 2014, as well as Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion.

Courteeners, The 1975, You Me At Six, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Netsky, Annie Mac, Royal Blood, Hozier, Architects, Issues, Pusha T and Krept and Konan will also play across the weekend.

Drummer Matt Helders, speaking about Reading & Leeds, told the NME: “We’ve got a lot of history with the festival. It’s the first festival I ever went to – we all went together as kids, with Nick as well.

“We were 15 or 16 and it was a big deal going to a festival like that on your own”.

The bank holiday weekend festivals at the end of August attract some of the world’s biggest music stars.

With sold out crowds at both Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2013, fans still have the opportunity to secure their tickets for 2014 at 2013 prices.

Children 12 and under are admitted free but must be accompanied by a ticket holding adult.

There is a £50 deposit scheme - 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 £202.50 plus applicable booking fees; early entry permits £15; campervan permits £60; lockers £16; reading car parking £5; weekend ticket prices include camping

Tickets are strictly limited to a maximum of four per person/address/payment card for those booking by telephone or online. Credit Card line: 0871 231 0821

Or buy online at www.festivalrepublic.com, www.readingfestival.com, www.leedsfestival.com or www.seetickets.com.

For a full list of national outlets visit www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com