Crowning glory for rockers at Leeds Festival

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ROCK royalty will be playing at this year’s Leeds Festival in the heavy-hitting form of Queens of the Stone Age.

The American band have been confirmed as main stage co-headliners on the Saturday night of the annual music extravaganza.

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age

Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age

They will share top billing at Bramham Park on the Saturday with pop-rock trailblazers Paramore.

The event’s previously-announced Friday and Sunday main stage headliners are Blink 182 and Yorkshire’s Arctic Monkeys respectively.

Freshly-confirmed names on Friday’s bill include Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens and Clean Bandit.

The latest acts booked for Saturday, meanwhile, also include Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, Temples and Drenge,

Imagine Dragons, Foster The People, The Hives, Peace, Bombay Bicycle Club and Don Broco are among the new artists announced for Sunday.

And one music expert is predicting that the festival bill will strike a perfect chord with local fans.

Ian De-Whytell, boss of Leeds-based Crash Records, said: “It’s a very impressive line-up this year. Queens of the Stone Age are one of the best rock bands in the world and fully deserve their co-headline slot.

“There is a good selection of other musical genres too, not just rock and indie, the dance music stage has become a really important part of Leeds Festival. As usual there are also lots of up-and-coming bands alongside the more established names. Bands like Fat White Family and Leeds’s Eagulls are two that are definitely worth catching.”

Melvin Benn, managing director of event organiser Festival Republic, today lifted the lid on Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore’s co-headlining status.

Queens of the Stone Age will take to the stage before Paramore at Bramham Park, with the roles reversed for Leeds’s sister festival in Reading.

Mr Benn told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We had Blink 182 confirmed very early on, around September time. Arctic Monkeys were also done and dusted early – but both Queens of the Stone Age and Paramore wanted to play the remaining night. Luckily we were able to persuade them to figuratively toss a coin to see who would close each show.”

Weekend tickets for the festival cost £202.50 plus £8 booking fee. Day tickets are £92.50 plus £7 booking fee.

Those prices are the same as for last year’s festival and remain fixed until the end of this month.

For further information, visit the website or ring 0871 231 0821.

Formerly known as Mean Fiddler, Festival Republic began putting on outdoor summer music concerts in Leeds in 1999.

They were originally held at Temple Newsam in east Leeds before making the switch to Bramham Park, near Wetherby, in 2003.

This year’s festival will take place as usual over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

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