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Pearl Jam to rock Reading weekend
Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder is the lead singer of Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam, Franz Ferdinand and Muse are announced as the headline acts for the Reading and Leeds Festivals as tickets go on sale for the twin events.

The Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Futureheads and The Streets will also play on the main stages.

The bands will perform at both Richfield Avenue, Reading, and Bramham Park, near Wetherby, on the weekend of 25-27 August.

Other acts lined up include Belle and Sebastian, Feeder and Placebo.

No Glastonbury

More than 100,000 people are expected to flood to the festivals, paying up to 135 for a weekend pass.

Although the festivals always sell out well in advance, they have taken on greater significance this summer because there is no Glastonbury Festival this year.

Other bands to play at Reading and Leeds include My Chemical Romance, The Rakes, Dirty Pretty Things and The Subways.

US rock band Pearl Jam, fronted by Eddie Vedder, were playing at the Roskilde Festival in Denmark in 2000 when a crowd surge resulted in eight fans being trampled to death.

The band immediately cancelled the remaining dates of their European tour because they were so devastated by the tragedy, and criticised organisation at the festival, saying the deaths could have been avoided.


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