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Huge line-up for Reading/Leeds

England’s favourite simultaneous festivals return this August with a GFC-defying bill. Held on dual sites over the bank holiday weekend, Reading and Leeds are traditionally graced by the most bombastic bands in the business.

2009 it seems will be no different. In an increasingly rare coup, Radiohead is set to headline the Sunday at Reading. Top billing on the other nights go to recent Australian visitors Kings Of Leon and Arctic Monkeys.

Elsewhere throughout the weekend there’s the usual battalion of festival sure-things: Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo, The Prodigy, Bloc Party and Yeah Yeah Yeahs among them. Sunday at Reading is traditionally reserved for the harder-hitting names (past years have championed Iron Maiden, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica ), but this time round the mood will be mellower with Thom and co. bringing it home.

READING/LEEDS LINE-UP SO FAR

Reading Friday/Leeds Sunday

Kings Of Leon

Kaiser Chiefs

Placebo

Fall Out Boy

Deftones

Funeral For A Friend

Reading Saturday/Leeds Friday

Arctic Monkeys

The Prodigy

Maximo Park

Ian Brown

The Courteeners

Enter Shikari

Eagles Of Death Metal

Reading Sunday/Leeds Saturday

Radiohead

Bloc Party

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Vampire Weekend

Brand New

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Gossip

Glasvegas

Jamie T

AFI

White Lies

Friendly Fires

Gallows

The Maccabees

Florence And The Machine

The Gaslight Anthem