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The Cure to headline festival
From left, Jason Cooper, Simon Gallup, Robert Smith, Roger O'Donnell and Perry Bamonte of British rock group The Cure. Picture: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello.

The Foo Fighters, The Cure and Kasabian are to headline this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The bands will take it in turns to perform at both locations for the twin-site event staged in August in England.

Also on the bill for the shows are The Maccabees, Metronomy, Justice and the reunited At The Drive-In.

The Cure will be performing at Reading for the first time in 33 years. They last performed at the event - the longer-established of the two events - in 1979 to support their debut album Three Imaginary Boys.

The Foo Fighters have previously headlined Reading/Leeds in 2002 and 2005 and their performances this year will be their only UK festivals of 2012.

Kasabian - who released fourth album Velociraptor last year - are topping the bill at the festival for the first time.

Paramore, Florence + The Machine, The Shins and The Vaccines are also among the bands lined up for the events which take place from August 24 to 26.