Green Day are officially back on the road. The American punk bank had been on temporary hiatus since the end of the summer last year to allow frontman Billie Joe Armstrong time to seek treatment for addiction.

The Californian band now have been confirmed to headline August's Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, which could also point towards an Irish date will be added over the summer months. The band have already begun easing themselves back into a heavier touring schedule with a handful of dates at home.

Joining Green Day on the Reading & Leeds bill will be Nine Inch Nails (their first appearance there since 2007).

Elsewhere Skrillex, Chase & Status, Brand New, The Lumineers, Editors, White Lies and Frank Turner have also been confirmed joining the previously announced Foals, Deftones and System of a Down at the UK festival which takes place towards the end of August.

What does this mean for Irish festivals? Oxegen, if and when it formally gets announced, is predicted to have more of an EDM feel to it this year given the guitar/indie credentials of the newly-announced Longitude. Skrillex for Punchestown? A wild and uninformed assertion but stranger things have happened.