Lostprophets' Ian Watkins: 'We'd Headline Reading And Leeds For Free'

Lostprophets' frontman Ian Watkins has said it's always been a dream of his to headline the festival - so much so, he'd do it for free.

Lostprophets' Ian Watkins: 'We'd Headline Reading And Leeds For Free'
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Lostprophets' frontman Ian Watkins has said it's always been a dream of his to headline the festival - so much so, he'd do it for free. He said: "If we play and it's not the best headline slot that's ever happened there, then they don't have to pay us." Watkins also revealed the band have written five new songs for the follow-up to fifth album "Weapons", released earlier this year. He said: "Everyone is on exactly the same page whereas with 'Weapons' we were all finding it out. I think there's a gut feeling with where the next record has to go. I'd like to have it out next summer. We're determined this time to not go away for a year or two years, which we always do. It's the Rihanna mentality where people say 'Another album? Didn't you just..? Another one?' and by the time they've looked away and turned back you've got another album. But you don't want to bore people, but we've never done that We've got loads of ideas so it'd be nice to keep it going." He went on to say the band, who formed in Pontypridd in 1997 and released debut album "Thefakesoundofprogress" in 2000, have always felt like underdogs, but enjoy it as it means they "never get complacent." "When you get to the point of 'Oh, whatever' then knock it on the head," he added. "I never thought of doing anything else." Thanks to NME for the report.

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    bassisfun
    I don't know, I have a soft spot for Lostprophets. Start Something is one of my favorite albums and thefakesoundofprogress and The Betrayed are pretty good albums in my opinion. But with Weapons I just feel they wrote the same material for the same demographic, I just felt like I should have been in seventh grade while listening to it.
    jaccguitarist
    I'm a fan of their older material but I saw them at Leeds two years ago when they played a set on the main stage during the day and they were terrible. They should definitely not headline.