The Japanese idol metal sensation return
Andrew Trendell

18:30 19th April 2015

Babymetal have been added to the line-up for Reading & Leeds festival 2015, which is incredible news. 

The double-site event will be headlined by Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines, but now to add a dash of Japanese idol metal to proceedings, Babymetal will now join the bill - performing at Reading on Saturday 30  August and Leeds on Sunday 30 August. 

"One thing that Babymetal really pride themselves on is the fact that we strive to be the only one doing this," Babymetal's Su-Metal told Gigwise. "We are a combination of pop idol meets heavy metal, and you don't see a lot of people doing that. It's usually one or the other. That's what putting us apart and that's what people connect to."

Watch the video for 'Gimme Chocolate' by Babymetal below

Reading & Leeds festival takes place from 28 - August and features the likes of The Libertines, Mumford & Sons, Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Royal Blood, Kendrick Lamar and many more. For Reading tickets visit here, and for Leeds tickets visit here

  • The band's creator Kobametal said that the name Babymetal came from a "divine message" from the Fox God, or Kitsune-sama as he is also known. It means that they have created a new genre of music that combines Japanese idol pop with metal, hence the term baby in the name. This is why instead of devil horns the band use the symbol of the fox (two fingers), in order to symbolise the band's divine inspiration.

  • The average age of the group is 15. Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno are both 15 with Suzuka Nakamoto being the oldest at 16. On stage, Suzuka who is also the tallest stands in the middle with Moa and Yui on either side.

  • 'Headbanger' is about Su-Metal's 15th birthday: "This special night of my fifteen/I'll never forget/All the crybabies, get out of here!/With the legendary black long hair disordered around and gorgeously/blooming crazy/this flower will soon disappear fruitlessly/I'll never come back again and it's so short period/I etch in my heart this special night of my fifteen/I jump lightly and dance in the air/Headbanger!"

  • The release of 'Headbanger' came with a corset to help ease the necks of listeners into the habit of headbanging. How considerate.

  • In an interview with the Huffington Post, the trio admitted that they had no prior knowledge of metal: "When I first started, my stamina could not keep up. I did not know what metal was, so I never head banged before I used to have muscle pain that lasted 3 days, but now I am used to it and I have more stamina now," said Yui is now a fan of Cannibal Corpse, Moa likes Iron Maiden and Behemoth while Su is partial to a bit of Metallica.

  • The translation of 'Gimme' Chocolate' tells a story of worrying about your weight, a subject particularly relevant to the Japanese idol industry: "Check-it-out chocolate. Can I have a bit of chocolate?/But my weight worries me a bit these days./However, chocolate/Can I have a bit of chocolate?/But wait a while! Wait a while! Wait! Wait! Wait!

  • The producer of 'Gimme Chocolate' is Takeshi Ueda, who is the bassist from The Mad Capsule Markets. Who many will know from the song 'Pulse' which is taken from the Tony Hawks 3 soundtrack, and was really awesome.

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