Reading and Leeds Organiser Teases Secret Set From 'Arena Sized Band'

Jon McIldowie says that a big act have contacted him about playing and he has agreed.

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One of the organisers of the Reading and Leeds Festivals has said that an "arena sized band" will play a secret gig at this year's event.

Jon McIldowie, who books the artists for the festival, spoke to XFM about this year's festival and whether fans can expect to see any surprises over the weekend, similar to when Green Day played an unnanounced set on the NME Stage at Reading in 2012.

"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,'" McIldowie said (via NME). "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."

Quizzed on whether or not one of the big acts who have contacted him will perform at the festival, he replied: "One of them will ... It's going to be a surprise."

Paramore, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys and Blink-182 will headline Reading and Leeds Festivals 2014, which takes place between August 22-24. It will be both Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore's only UK festival appearances of the summer.

Earlier this year it was announced that Gerard Way will play his first ever solo shows at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals. The former My Chemical Romance frontman will join the Horrors, Palma Violets, Pulled Apart by Horses, the Kooks, Twin Shadow, Lonely the Brave, Twin Atlantic and Mallory Knox on the bill.

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    "Arena sized band" = Foo Fighters
    That's exactly what I thought as well and it doesn't surprise me either, they did a tour consisting entirely of people's garages/barns/wherever people could accommodate them in recent years.
    Naturally it's going to be the Foo Fighters, sadly this years lineup didn't pull me in. I tend to go most years but this year there was about 4 bands that interested me.
    Lol until you find out it's One Direction and by "Arena Sized Band" they meant an arena full of teenage girls.
    Even though I'm not usually a fan of the majority of the bands, R&L really are ahead of the festival game in the UK for pulling the biggest and best lineups. Download just book the most generic shit these days, and Sonisphere are too inconsistent with everything.
    I think Download are playing it a bit safe, but they know their target audience and they know it well. Sonisphere is a bit safe as well, but after two years of not having an event they need to be, at least with their headliners they do. You have newer festivals such as ArcTanGent which are slowly becoming more and more successful, pulling in some of the largest bands and bets lineups for the genres of music it caters for, but I doubt they'll reach the heights of any of the more mainstream festivals.
    My first thought was Muse, but I guess I am a Muse fan, so I would say that anyway. There are so many other bands that would fit the bill as well
    It's probably Motley Crue who are on their last tour ever