Reading and Leeds festival boss Melvin Benn has told BBC Newsbeat that he intends to increase the number of stages at both sites next year saying “Within those additional two or three stages there will be a lot more diversity of music. We’re changing the arena at Reading and Leeds quite significantly” adding “I’ve got quite a strong buzz and feeling in myself in the changes that I’m making there. I’m still formulating the ideas. There will quite a bit more dance music, quite a bit more other bits and pieces.” Benn also reveals that the first headlining act may well be announced in the next couple of months, with the date for the next wave of ticket sales also expected before the festive period. Capacity will not be increased.
The “twin” Reading and Leeds festivals will take place on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th August. Reading Festival takes place at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, and Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire.