Arctic Monkeys to headline Reading

Maldon and Burnham Standard: The Arctic Monkeys are to headline two festivals this summer The Arctic Monkeys are to headline two festivals this summer

Arctic Monkeys have been added as headliners for Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

The band, who have received acclaim and a new set of admirers for their fifth album AM, will perform on the main stage during the twin events staged over the bank holiday weekend in August.

Punk-pop act Blink 182 are among the other headliners who have been announced already.

Sheffield's Arctic Monkeys were among the big draws for last year's Glastonbury Festival where they showcased new songs from AM which went on to be nominated for the Mercury Prize - an award they previously won for their debut album.

Other acts added to the bill today are The 1975, Courteeners, You Me At Six and Warpaint. The events are to be staged from August 22 to 24.

Fans are being urged to put down a deposit to be in with a chance of tickets , which cost £202.50 for the whole weekend plus booking fees, with further details at www.festivalrepublic.com.

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