Esteemed pop-punk trio Blink-182 have been announced as the first headliner for the UK’s 2014 Reading and Leeds festivals, and bass player Mark Hoppus has revealed the band are planning on having their next album ready by the time the former Carling Weekend rolls around.
Back in August, the band revealed that they would have a new album ready by mid-2014, with Hoppus telling Kerrang! magazine, “It always happens when the three of us are together in a room… That’s when we start writing songs and reconnecting with everything.”
In a recent interview with Radio.com, Hoppus said he, drummer Travis Barker and guitarist/vocalist Thomas DeLonge, would be heading into the studio in January with a view to playing new material during their Reading-Leeds headlining spots in August.
“We are coming with new material,” said Hoppus. “We go into the studio after the holidays, and the goal is to have an album out in time for the festival.” As Gigwise reports, the band’s headline sets will be their only UK shows for 2014. Said Hoppus:
“I’m stoked to play Reading & Leeds 2014… It’s our fourth time playing the festivals, and we’re very honoured. The new year will see us in the studio preparing new music, getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury.”
Also announced for the festivals are singer-songwriter Jake Bugg, EDM duo Disclosure, UK electronic outfit Metronomy, drum and bass maestro Wilkinson, hip-hop group I Am Legion, and metalcore five-piece Of Mice and Men, who recently announced details of their upcoming album.
“I know our fans will be delighted to welcome back our first headliners, Blink-182, with what promises to be an amazing show, as well as the brilliant Jake Bugg stepping up to the Main Stage,” said festival boss Melvin Benn . “I can’t wait to reveal the rest of our incredible line-up.”
Reading-Leeds organisers previously confirmed that there will be two headliners performing at the events’ 2014 instalments and recently stated that they’ve booked a “big British band of the past ten years,” which, lucky for the organisers, more or less rules out Blur.