Reading Festival Announce System Of A Down & Biffy

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Rock-trio Biffy Clyro to headline Reading & Leeds as UK festival exclusives! System Of A Down, Fall Out Boy, Foals, Jake Bugg and Bring Me The Horizon also join the line-up!

Reading & Leeds Festivals can now reveal that the next Main Stage headliner for 2013 is Biffy Clyro, in what will be a UK festival exclusive performance. The band joins Eminem, another UK festival exclusive, as headliners at the Festivals with the final headline act soon to be revealed!
 
Expect to hear hits from the band’s extensive catalogue as well as tracks from their current Number One double album ‘Opposites’. With a recent NME Award nomination for ‘Best British Band’ and ‘Best Live Band’, 2013 is set to be an incredible year for Biffy Clyro. Reading & Leeds Festivals, the biggest rock festivals in the UK, are the perfect place to witness the band in action.
 
One of the most successful alt-rock bands of all time, System Of A Down make a welcome return to Reading & Leeds. The band have only played a handful of gigs since they reformed in 2010, but they are back in the UK to play the Main Stage at the 2013 Festivals, which is sure to be a highlight of the weekend.  
 
Reading & Leeds are excited to announce that recently reformed festival favourites Fall Out Boy will take to the Main Stage in a UK festival exclusive performance.  Their live shows are always anarchic and tend to include a few irreverent turns. Their performance at the Festivals this summer will feature songs from across the band’s entire career and will be unmissable.
 
Foals have played Reading & Leeds Festivals three times before, working their way up from the smallest tent, to this year taking their rightful place on the Main Stage. Recently nominated for ‘Best Track’ (‘Inhaler’) and ‘Best Live Band’ at the NME Awards, their Reading & Leeds performance will be one to watch.
 
Since 2012 Jake Bugg has scored a Number One album with his self-titled debut, received nominations for ‘Best Album’ and ‘Best Solo Artist’ at the forthcoming NME Awards and is shortlisted for ‘British Breakthrough Act’ at the BRITs. Catch him on the NME/Radio 1 Stage at Reading & Leeds this year.
 
British metalcore dons Bring Me The Horizon have been destroying huge crowds for almost a decade. The band’s shows on the Main Stage at Reading & Leeds Festivals will crown a year in which they went stratospheric, as well as give fans a chance to hear new material from their highly anticipated forthcoming album ‘Sempiternal’.
 
Acts already announced for the Festivals are Main Stage headliner Eminem in his only UK festival appearance of 2013, NME/Radio 1 Stage headliners Alt-J, Deftones, Boy Better Know ft. Wiley, JME and Skepta and Sub Focus live. Plus there are many more names yet to be announced!

Scottish trio Biffy Clyro first played the festivals in 2001, when they opened the second stage, and in 2013 return to celebrate their monumental ascent to Main Stage headliners. Expect to hear hits from the band’s extensive catalogue as well as tracks from their current Number One double album ‘Opposites’. The new 80 minute epic record over two discs could only be done justice at concerts of a phenomenal scale and Reading & Leeds Festivals, the biggest rock festivals in the UK, are the perfect place to witness the band in action.
 
For over 10 years, Biffy’s ability to make awe-inspiring, life-affirming music has won them fans across the world. Some bands arrive in a whirlwind of hype and disappear just as fast - no one could ever say that of Biffy Clyro, a band who have worked harder than any other. Formed in 1995, they spent years tirelessly touring, before getting signed in 2000. The band’s first three albums were critically acclaimed for their experimental take on rock, but it was ‘Puzzle’, released in 2007 and reaching Number Two in the charts, which saw the band achieve widespread mainstream success. Since then they’ve been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, won two NME awards, being crowned ‘Best Live Act’ at the Q Awards and had a double platinum album with 2009’s ‘Only Revolutions’. With a recent NME Award nomination for ‘Best British Band’ and ‘Best Live Band’, as well as riding high at Number One in the album chart with ‘Opposites’, 2013 is set to be an incredible year for the band.
 
Whether they’re stripping off at almost every gig, or setting fire to their guitars at Reading Festival in 2007, the band know how to put on a spectacular show and this performance at Reading & Leeds Festivals 2013 is one that is not to be missed.
 
Revered for their bombastic style and demonic live shows, System of A Down are sure to bring out all types of festival goers. Formed in 1994, System Of A Down have become one of the most adventurous rock bands of the 21st Century,  blending hard rock with socio-political awareness, self-consciousness and haunting chant, they stand alone in the musical landscape. With three Billboard Number One albums, ‘Toxicity’, ‘Mezmerize’ and ‘Hypnotize’, the Grammy winning band has sold over 25 million copies worldwide. 
In just six years Oxford five-piece Foals have grown from playing 'techno on guitars' in sweaty house parties, to one of the most sought after live acts in the UK.  Known for their incendiary live shows, they embark on a sold out national tour in preparation for their performances at Reading & Leeds Festivals. Since December the band have released two new singles; ‘Inhaler’, their electrifying, comeback track - an epic, blistering, shamanistic purging of the soul - and the more recent ‘My Number’, arguably their most powerful and immediate track to date, somewhat inspired by Mayfield era disco.  New album ‘Holy Fire’ is due in February and has already received critical acclaim. 
 
In 2012 Jake Bugg released one of the most critically acclaimed albums of the year and scored a Number One with his self-titled debut. Bugg’s social observation and wry Northern wit is reminiscent of his heroes Arctic Monkeys, but his sound goes all the way back to Elvis and British blues. Bugg reignited the British public’s fervour for old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also been showing US fans how Brits like to rock, spending the last few months in the US playing big gigs.
 
Bring Me The Horizon’s innovative album in 2012 ‘There Is a Hell, Believe Me I've Seen It. There Is a Heaven, Let's Keep It a Secret.’, combined brutal guitar driven metal with orchestral flourishes, electronica and ghostly female vocals, they found thousands of new fans. Now, they’re getting played on the BBC Radio 1 breakfast show, as well as in fans’ bedrooms. 

Published on 04 February 2013 by Ben Robinson

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