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19 December 2022

Foals Talk Reading & Leeds 2023 Headline Slot

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Foals have spoken about their Reading and Leeds 2023 headline slots and the rest of their plans for the coming year.

Frontman Yannis Philippakis told NME how excited the band are to headline the festival, “We didn’t necessarily expect to do it a second time. To be asked back is awesome. We’ve had a connection to the festival ever since we started and it’s going to be ripping. It’s definitely one of the wildest festivals so for us it’s going to be the perfect headline show. The energy is going to be to the max.”

Philippakis added: “We’ve got a couple of little surprises that we’re working on that I can’t really tell you about now. We put on one of the best live shows in the world so it’s going to be sick.”

He went on to discuss the band’s plans for the coming year, “We probably won’t play any other UK shows, so anyone who wants to see us should come to Reading & Leeds,” he said. “Other than that, we’ve got some time off in early 2023, which will be great. We’ll probably just rest and recuperate because this tour has been awesome but quite long. We’ll probably work on some bits of music for some other projects.”

Foals have also been picked to support Paramore on their upcoming US tour. “We met Paramore recently in Mexico, which was cool – they were lovely,” said Philippakis. “I read that apparently us and Bloc Party influenced their new record, so it’s wicked that they’re taking both of our bands out on the road so that their fans can understand the connection.

He added: “We’re excited to spend some more time with Paramore. I’m not sure if we’re playing the same gigs as Bloc Party, but it would have been fun to hang with them too. We did our first ever support show with Bloc Party and they were one of the first bands to really rep us. Kele [Okereke] is awesome and I like spending time with him.”

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