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  30th March 2010

GUNS 'N' ROSES TO HEADLINE READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS

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Leeds Festival organisers announced last night the line up for this year's festival and Guns 'n' Roses will be topping the bill.

Arcade Fire and Blink 182 will be headlining the Friday and Saturday and the Gunners will be the last band to play this year's three-day festival, which ends on Sunday 29th August.

Also, The Libertines, the band that launched Pete Doherty's career, are to reform to play Leeds and its sister event in Reading and this will be their only festival appearances.

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There has been lots of speculation concerning the reunion of The Libertines and this announcement brings all that to an end.

A decision has been made to try to make it easier for visitors to move between acts on different stages so a decision has been made to move the main stage slightly, though it will remain in the same area.

The event is billed as 'the world's greatest festival' by organisers, who clearly have never been to the more Metal orientated Download or Sonisphere. Tickets went on sale last night and most will have sold within 24 hours if last year's experience is repeated.

Festival director Melvin Benn said this year's line-up was "hard to believe".

Other big names for the weekend include pop star Dizzee Rascal, rock bands You Me at Six and Biffy Clyro, and alternative music acts Klaxons and Enter Shikari.

The festival will continue to support Martin House Children's Hospice in Leeds, which is launching a talent competition for schools, with the winners getting to play on the festival's emerging talent stage.

Over the next three years, it is hoped that contest will raise £100,000 for the charity.

Launching the event last night, Mr Benn revealed the hidden story behind the last appearance of Guns N' Roses at the Leeds Festival in 2002 when the event was still held at Temple Newsham.

"What most of you won't know is that I had the manager by the throat in my office because they didn't actually start their performance until their curfew had finished," he said.

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