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Reading & Leeds boss says The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club could go on to headline

“I don’t have a qualm about where the next headliners are because they are all there,” says Melvin Benn.

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Following this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals, Festival Republic boss Melvin Been has claimed The 1975 and Two Door Cinema Club could go on to headline.

This year’s event saw Foals and Disclosure stepping up to headliner status, with the former headlining Reading while the latter topped the Leeds bill.

Benn told BBC Newbeat that new headliners “are knocking on the door all the time,” adding: “There is never a lack of bands wanting to get up there.”

Pressed about which bands could take the step up, he ominously replied: “Twenty One Pilots on the Radio 1 stage were incredible. They are going to headline one day, not next year but at some point.”

He added: “Chvrches are another act that could with just three of them on that stage, they command that stage. Two Door Cinema Club, The 1975 - I don’t have a qualm about where the next headliners are because they are all there.”

DIY’s Lucas Fothergill recently asked bookers at Latitude, Bestival & more who they could see headlining in the future.

Catch up with DIY’s Reading & Leeds reports here.

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