With the Reading and Leeds festivals fast approaching, we had a chat with one of our favourite acts, The Kooks. They gave us the low down on this iconic UK festival and their personal experience as headline performers and repeat Reading and Leeds lovers.
Gathered from the pebbled beaches in Brighton, this UK born pop rock band formed in 2004 and have been changing lives ever since. The Kooks began as teenage contenders for the indie pop crown – yet they practically stole that crown in 2006 when they catapulted themselves into the indie-pop mainstream and sold more than two million copies from their debut album Inside In / Inside Out.
Why all this talk about and with The Kooks? Well, the band are set to perform at Reading and Leeds Festival under the (hopefully) beautiful UK sun on Friday 24th (Reading) and Saturday 25th (Leeds). With their new album, Lets Go Sunshine, scheduled to drop just one week after their performance – we are hoping to hear a sneak peak of what they have been working on. So, start the long weekend right by attending this iconic festival and witnessing the most groundbreaking and head-banging performances.
Alongside The Kooks we have an unmissable line-up of Kendrick Lamar, Hilltop Hoods, Fall Out Boy, Travis Scott, The Wombats and plenty more. These iconic performers will be playing alongside 50+ other acts across six stages at the famous Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park. Tickets are on sale right now and available here.
To get us hyped for this impending festival – let’s hear what The Kooks had to share about their festival experience, of what they love and avoid.
The Kooks performed at The Reading and Leeds Festival back in 2014, what has brought you back in 2018?
Well, we’ve got a new record coming out and a better billing so its a no brainer really plus our bass player is a Leeds lad so homecoming show init.
Starting at the shores of Brighton, to now venturing across Europe – what is your favourite aspect of performing all over the world?
We’ve seen great bands come and go over the years and are we are genuinely grateful to still be around. We deserve it though and especially with our new music. You’re all in for a treat. Onwards and upwards.
How would you describe the Reading & Leeds festival in three words?
Out of order.
If you weren’t performing at The Reading & Leeds festival, whom would you be watching as an attendee?
Wolf Alice all day long.
The Kooks debuted in 2004, out of the many songs you have produced, what is your all-time favourite to perform?
We just wanna play new tunes but and if we could be all new… And Naive of course.
If you could rewind back to 2004, what would you tell “The Kooks” for the future?
Get a proper job!
If we were to venture Backstage what would we most likely find you doing before your performance (other than rehearsing and mic testing)?
A bit of yoga, a bit of a vocal warm-up, a bit of tequila perhaps?
What makes a good crowd at Reading and Leeds festival?
More than 50 would be good, bring yer boyfriend… Don’t be scared!
What is the best recovery tip between doing the two festivals?
Neil Young and a gluten-free pizza.
Reading and Leeds is once again set to be the most unmissable festival this summer. Strictly spanning the hottest names in rock, indie, hip-hop and dance – it will be iconic, memorable, and 110% lit.
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Tickets are on sale now from www.readingandleedsfestival.com
Weekend camping tickets are £205 + booking fee
Day ticket prices are £69.50 + booking fee