Young Fathers tipped as future headliners

Reading and Leeds festival organiser Melvin Benn has tipped Edinburgh band Young Fathers as future headliners.

Topping the bill this year were Mumford & Sons, The Libertines and Metallica, and Benn is convinced Young Fathers can follow in their footsteps – if they want to.

Often described as a hip-hop trio but impossible to pigeonhole, Young Fathers were formed in the Capital in 2008 by Liberian-born Alloysious Massaquoi, Nigerian Kayus Bankole and Scot Graham “G” Hastings, and went on to win last year’s Mercury Music Prize for their second album, Dead, which judges described as “startlingly original”.

“Young Fathers have been the best young act I have seen in the last year,” Benn told BBC’s Newsbeat at Leeds festival.

“They are not ready to headline Reading and Leeds yet, but will they? I think they will, I think they are that good.

“It will only be if they don’t want to, that it will it not happen, but if they want to, they are good enough to do so at a point.”

“When I see a band like that (Young Fathers), I just think this is the future, and I forget anything I have heard before, because it is so good and that is what the music industry should be.”

Another band who are exciting Benn right now is dynamic duo Royal Blood, who can be seen in live action at BT Murrayfield next week when they open for the mighty Foo Fighters.

“It is just hard to believe how good they are for just two of them on stage,” says Benn. “How humble they are, and how normal they are and how relaxed they are.

“I spent some time talking to Lars (Ulrich) from Metallica last night and he was very excited about being at the festival, but as much as anything he wanted to talk about Royal Blood.”