Pulp and the Strokes top the bill at Reading and Leeds festival

My Chemical Romance and Muse also headline, with the Cure and Primal Scream to perform at Bestival in September

It seems that, contrary to popular belief, nostalgia is every bit as good as it used to be, with Pulp, the Strokes and the Cure named as headline acts at two of the summer's biggest festivals. The Reading and Leeds festival, over the August bank holiday weekend, has announced that the newly reformed Pulp and New York garage-rockers the Strokes – whose seminal album Is This It was released in 2001 – will share top billing.

At Bestival, which takes place on the Isle of Wight, 80s pop-rock band the Cure will top the bill on Saturday 10 September and Primal Scream will perform their lauded 1991 album Screamdelica in its entirety.

They follow in the footsteps of the Specials, Blur and Bruce Springsteen, all of whom have performed at festivals in recent years, as organisers tap into the popularity of older or reunited bands at live events.

But it's not all about past glories; Bestival organiser Rob Da Bank has opted for a curveball act to top the bill on the Friday, with drum'n'bass-influenced Australian rock act Pendulum due to headline. An eclectic lineup will also feature PJ Harvey, Public Enemy and Big Audio Dynamite. "My brain literally never stops whirring, thinking and puzzling over who to book for Bestival," said the Radio 1 DJ. He euphemistically said Pendulum, a hit with the under 18s, would "smash the hell out of" Bestival when they played.

Elsewhere on the bill, UK dance music takes centre stage as fledgling British label Hyperdub curate DJ sets from the likes of Kode9 & the Spaceape, Joker and Nomad, while Skream & Benga, Zinc and Roska are among those DJing the Rinse FM soundsystem. The event takes place at Robin Hill country park between September 8-11 2011.

At Reading and Leeds, My Chemical Romance and prog-rock outfit Muse will also headline, both acts whose average fanbase tend to have been born after the likes of Pulp and Primal Scream began releasing records. The festival, which takes place between August 26-28 2011, is known for its strong American and alt-rock heritage, reflected in the choice of bands such as Offspring and 30 Seconds Mars to play this year's event.


Rosie Swash

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