Arctic Monkeys confirmed for Leeds Festival

Arctic Monkeys will headline Leeds Festival 2014, at Bramham Park near Wetherby. Picture: Sebastian Kim
Arctic Monkeys will headline Leeds Festival 2014, at Bramham Park near Wetherby. Picture: Sebastian Kim

Yorkshire rock legends Arctic Monkeys will headline this year’s Leeds Festival.

The Sheffield heroes, who released their fifth number one album, AM, in September, will join You Me at Six, The 1975, Blink-182 and Courteeners at the Bramham Park event, near Wetherby, in August.

Other confirmed acts include Jake Bugg, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Netsky, Annie Mac, Royal Blood, Hozier, Architects, Issues, Pusha T and Krept & Konan.

They join previously confirmed acts Disclosure, Metronomy, Of Mice & Men, Wilkinson and I Am Legion.

Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys performed a stunning homecoming gig at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena in November, and have played Reading and Leeds Festivals three times, in 2005, 2006 and 2009.

Of the Bramham Park event, drummer Matt Helders said: “We’ve got a lot of history with the festival.

“It’s the first festival I ever went to – we all went together as kids. We were 15 or 16 and it was a big deal going to a festival like that on your own”.

Arctics have been nominated in the Best British Band category at the upcoming BRIT Awards.

Fans can expect new tunes Arabella, One For the Road and Do I Wanna Know from AM, as well as classics from their previous albums - Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, Favourite Worst Nightmare, Humbug and Suck It and See.

At the Sheffield gig, the band played songs from each album, and were joined on stage by former lead guitarist with The Coral, Bill Ryder-Jones.

They have previously been joined on stage by Miles Kane, formerly of The Rascals, and with whom Arctics frontman Alex Turner recorded The Age of the Understatement as The Last Shadow Puppets.

One track off AM, Knee Socks, features Queens of the Stone Age man Josh Homme, who has helped produce Arctics records in the past.

Chart-toppers confirmed

Current album chart-toppers You Me At Six have will perform at the festivals for the fourth time. The show will be the Surrey band’s exclusive festival appearance in England and Wales.

2013 breakout band The 1975 will hope to send fans wild by playing their hits, including Chocolate, The City, Sex and Girls.

The band comment: “We grew up going to Reading & Leeds Festival. It’s so humbling knowing we are going to play such a prestigious slot there this year. Cannot wait!”

Manchester’s Courteeners will entertain their loyal fans at the festivals.

Having first burst onto the scene with 2007’s St Jude, last year saw the band release their third Top Ten album ANNA, as well as selling over 100,000 tickets.

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