NME JOINS THE CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS

We’ve got our own stage…

NME and RADIO 1 are teaming up to make the second stage at THE CARLING WEEKEND: READING AND LEEDS FESTIVALS the best yet.

From now on the stage will be known as the NME Radio 1 Stage, and with top bands already locked in to play this year it promises to be a key part of the weekend.

“We’re delighted to be hosting a stage at Reading and Leeds,” said NME’s Editor Conor McNicholas. “The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals is the highlight of NME readers’ summer, consistently delivering the best band line-ups of any festival. 2005’s festival will be the crowning glory of the most exciting music scene for a decade.”

NME’s publisher Tammi Iley added that the NME Radio 1 Stage reflects the title’s ongoing involvement with the thriving live music scene.

”This demonstrates NME’s continuing commitment to live music,” she said. “The NME Radio 1 Stage is a perfect match for us – the hottest bands of the moment are playing and our readers are guaranteed to love it. We are very excited about continuing our strong relationship with the Mean Fiddler. This is great news all round.”

Melvin Benn, the Managing Director of Mean Fiddler, who run the event, was similarly pleased with the link-up.

”In terms of media for Reading and Leeds, the NME and Radio 1 are so clearly a perfect match,” he explained. “The partnership with NME and Radio 1 to host The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals second stage is such a clear demonstration that a festival is about so many artists that offer quality and depth throughout the festival, and not just about the top headliners on the main stage. It’s a wonderful tie up for the festival and a great additional boost for all the artists that play the NME Radio 1 Stage to have such perfect partners as hosts.”

Radio 1 also added they were looking forward to the joint stage.

“Hosting a stage at The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals has always been an end of summer highlight for BBC Radio 1,” said Jason Carter, Executive Producer, Live Music and Events at the station. “To be doing so once again this year is great and we’re really looking forward to hooking up with NME to provide festival goers and our listeners with the best in new and live music from the weekend.”

With the first line-up announcements for this year’s The Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals due to be made on Monday (March 21), stay tuned to NME.COM for all the details.

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