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Reading & Leeds Festival boss offers free food and drink to festival goers

Melvin Benn says free burger and beer for all weekend ticket buyers

published: Fri 9th Mar 2012

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Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ, England MAP
Friday or Saturday £85, Sunday day tickets and weekend tickets sold out
daily capacity: 90000
last updated: Mon 27th Aug 2012

Melvin Benn the Reading & Leeds Festival organiser, has told 6 Music News that he hopes to put a system in place where to reward all those who buy a weekend ticket he'll give them free food and beer every day of the twin festival.

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In a radio interview broadcast earlier this morning the festival boss said that he realised that we were in hard economic times and that whilst he can't alter the ticket price, in order to help the finances of those who have had to buy weekend tickets, he wanted to implement a system where "every weekend ticket buyer would get a free burger and a beer on each day of the festival". He added that he was hoping to find a sponsor who would shoulder the cost to do this, but if not he would consider paying out of his own pocket, and was looking at how it could be implemented at this year's festival.

The all important Reading Festival and Leeds line-up will be revealed at 7.15pm on Monday, 12th March, when the headliners and many more names will be announced. eFestivals believes The Cure, Kasabian, and Foo Fighters will be unveiled as headliners at the twin event held over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

In order to spread the cost of tickets (prices will be £197.50 for the weekend ticket) there will be two installment schemes, a two-part scheme and a four-part scheme, available to buy from official ticket agents (see below).

The Two-part scheme will involve an initial payment is 50% of the face value of tickets (not yet announced) plus an £8 booking fee. This will be followed by making a second payment of 50% of face value plus a postage fee priced at £5.25 per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking) at a later date (yet tbc).

The Four-part scheme requires an initial payment of 25% of the face value plus the £8 booking fee per ticket.Followed by two more monthly instalments at 25% of face value, and then a final 25% payment of face value plus £5.25 postage fee per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking).

There are no acts confirmed yet for 2012, expect a line-up of big names from the rock, alternative, indie, punk and metal scenes. For the line-up rumours as available, please click here for Reading, and here for Leeds.

The twin festivals take place on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August. Reading Festival takes place at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, and Leeds Festival takes place at Bramham Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Reading from Seetickets - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Reading from Ticketline - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Reading from Gigantic - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Reading from Ticketmaster - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Leeds from Seetickets - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Leeds from Ticketline - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Leeds from Gigantic - click here.

To buy tickets on Monday evening for Leeds from Ticketmaster - click here.

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Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ, England MAP
Friday or Saturday £85, Sunday day tickets and weekend tickets sold out
daily capacity: 90000
last updated: Mon 27th Aug 2012


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