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Festival lineup: The Cure back at Reading after 33 years

Robert Smith of the Cure, headlining at Reading and Leeds Festivals Photo: Zak Hussein/PA Wire

The Cure will be returning to headline at Reading and Leeds, 33 years after they last played the festival.

Alongside the usual teenage crowds at Reading and Leeds, parents will also be lining up to see The Cure's Robert Smith perform once again.

Within minutes of the line-up announcement, The Cure were within the top trends on Twitter.

Melvin Benn, managing director of organisers Festival Republic said that he couldn't "believe" The Cure were going to play at the festival. He said:

"Can't believe The Cure have finally, finally decided they want to play Reading and Leeds festival. Out of the blue they wanted to do it, we love it, we can't wait for that."

– Melvin Benn, Managing Director Festival Republic
The Foo Fighters are joining the headline acts at Reading and Leeds festival Credit: PA Wire

Joining the veteran rockers are the Foo Fighters and Kasabian.

While the Foo Fighters are no strangers to the festival, having headlined at the festival in 2002 and 2005, it will be their only UK festivals of 2012.

Mr Benn said that Foo Fighters are "a band that runs through my veins".

"Probably my favourite band ever is the Foo Fighters. Anybody that's been associated with Leeds and Reading for any period of time, the Foo Fighters absolutely runs through your veins - probably the greatest rock band around at the moment."

– Melvin Benn, Managing Director Festival Republic

Kasabian will be headlining for the first time at the festival, following the release of their fourth album Velociraptor last year. The band have received mixed receptions from Twitter followers.

Kasabian to headline alongside The Cure and the Foo Fighters at Reading and Leeds Festivals Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Speaking to a crowd made up of musicians from the Leeds music scene, journalists and music industry workers, Mr Benn announced plans to give away a beer and a burger to each festival-goer every day of the festivals. He said:

Basically, I felt that it would be great to give something back, to make the effort. I hope the sponsors will pay for it, if they don't I will pay for it."

Festival-goers may hold Mr Benn to his word.

Tickets are on sale for the festivals, taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend.