Metallica, Blur, Linkin Park to Headline U.K. Fests

By | April 8, 2003 at 12:00 AM

Metallica, Blur, and Linkin Park will headline the U.K.’s Reading and Leeds festivals this August.

The events begin Aug. 22 with Leeds Festival headliner Metallica and Reading headliner Linkin Park. Linkin Park moves over to Leeds on Aug. 23, while Blur takes over headlining duties at Reading. The final day of the event will see Blur at Leeds and Metallica at Reading.

Among the other acts confirmed to play the festivals at various points are Blink 182, System Of A Down, the White Stripes, Beck, Sum 41, Courtney Love, Doves, the Streets, the Datsuns, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Last year’s weekend was highlighted by performances from Guns N’ Roses, Foo Fighters, the Strokes, and Pulp, among others.

A permit still has to be approved for this year’s Leeds event, which will most likely be held as usual at the Temple Newsam Park. However, last year’s festival culminated in a large riot, with garbage bins and toilets set on fire and police officers pelted with bottles. Organizers have filed for a permit to hold the concert at nearby Bramham Park if a license for Temple Newsam Park is denied.

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