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Defiant Leeds Festival revellers praised for showing ‘true northern grit’
8:01am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
Leeds and Reading festival organiser Melvin Benn has said the annual event has gone extremely well at both sites but refused to be drawn on who music fans could expect to see next year.
Mr Benn said there had been no major incidents or problems with this year's three-day event in which the music “has been going down phenomenally well”.
Headliners Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem were given a rapturous reception by revellers at the sister festivals and the wheels are already in motion for next year's line-up.
Tickets went on sale for 2014 on Tuesday, but Mr Benn said he was unable to give any hints or tips as to which bands would be appearing.
Asked about the possibility of Oasis featuring on the bill after Liam Gallagher admitted he would like the Mancunian band to reunite to celebrate their 20th anniversary, Mr Benn swiftly put the suggestion to bed.
“Not a chance,” he said. “Generally you can’t book bands that don't exist – it’s difficult to do that.”
Managing the “biblical” weather at the Yorkshire site at Bramham Park, Wetherby, this year was somewhat of a challenge, he said.
The wet weather, which only touched upon Reading but turned parts of Bramham Park site into a mud bath, saw staff working to keep the roads and footpaths passable by scraping mud and laying woodchip.
Mr Benn said: “There’s no doubt it was biblical really on Friday and it was there to test whether the crowd was truly Northern or not. They demonstrated that they were and they put two fingers up to the weather and said ‘you’re not going to beat us’, they stayed the course.”
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