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Blink-182 to headline Reading & Leeds 2014

American rock band Blink-182 will headline the Reading & Leeds Festivals for the fourth time in what will be their only UK performance next year.

The three-man group first played the festivals in 1999 and took to the Main Stage most recently in 2010. Their headline set next year will include “a début airing” of their so-far untitled seventh studio album, which is slated for release sometime next Summer.

Bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus said he was “stoked” to play the festivals, adding: “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.”

Other acts confirmed for the festival include Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson, and I Am Legion.

Jake Bugg is claimed as “one of the biggest success stories” of the festivals, having made his début on the Festival Republic Stage in 2012 before he released his first album, and having since toured the world and picked up numerous awards. He said it’s “amazing to be asked back again”, and that the show “should be pretty special”.

Disclosure are “the most successful British dance act in a generation”, while Metronomy is a “quintessentially English” pop act.

Metalcore quintet Of Mice & Men head up the festivals’ rock offering, while Mark ‘Wilkinson’ and I Am Legion are part of an increasingly high-profile drum-and-bass delegation.

A limited number of weekend tickets are already on sale through the Reading Festival and Leeds Festival websites.

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