Jon Mclldowie, one of the organisers for this year’s Reading + Leeds festivals, has teased that there will be an ‘arena-sized’ secret set at this year’s festival.
Speaking with XFM regarding the matter of surprise artists at Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park, Mclldowie said:
“We always get calls about a month before the festival from bands saying: ‘You know how we said we didn’t want to play your festival, well now we’re available and we really do.”
“I’ve had about seven of those this year, including a couple from bands that are arena acts who want to do secret shows or do last minute things.
“One of them will… It’s going to be a surprise.”
The Reading + Leeds festivals have had a long-standing history of artists performing unannounced, the most notably recent being Green Day’s early morning set on the BBC Radio 1/NME Stage at Reading 2012 and Bastille’s Introducing Stage performance at Reading 2013.
Reading + Leeds festivals will take place across the weekend beginning the 22nd of August to the 24th of August, and will feature headline performances from Arctic Monkeys, Blink-182, Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age.