Biffy Clyro are to headline this year’s Leeds Festival.
The Scottish rock group, whose sixth album Opposites, entered this week’s charts at Number 1, will top the bill on the main stage.
Formed in Kilmarnock in 1995, the band are best known for their song Many Of Horror, which became a million-seller in 2010 when covered by X Factor winner Matt Cardle and renamed When We Collide.
A trio – fronted by singer and guitarist Simon Neil, with twin brothers James and Ben Johnston on bass and drums – they have sold more than 1m records. Their previous album, Only Revolutions, was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Explaining the band’s longevity, James Johnston said recently: “It is like a marriage except with three people. We have been together for 17 years and gone through difficult times. Our lives, not just as a band, are intertwined.”
Biffy Clyro are the second headline act to be announced for this year’s festival, which will be staged at Bramham Park from August 23 to 25. Rapper Eminem will headline another of the days.
Other acts just announced include System of a Down, Foals, Fall Out Boy, Bring Me The Horizon and Jake Bugg. They join the Deftones, Alt-J and Sub Focus.
Melvin Benn, MD of Leeds Festival organisers Festival Republic, said: “I am excited to welcome Biffy Clyro as UK festival exclusive headliners for Reading and Leeds Festivals 2013. With their new Number One double album Opposites just released this looks set to be a huge year for the band and where better to see them live than at than at Leeds Festival?”
Weekend tickets for Leeds Festival are priced £197.50 plus booking fee from.leedsfestival.com or from Ticketmaster on 0844 844 0444 or Ticketline on 0844 888 9991.