Organisers praise fans after event ends without repeat of last year's troubles...
The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival has been declared a complete success by organisers after the event ended without a repeat of previous years’ incidents
In its fifth year in Leeds – this year at Bramham Park – there was a reduction in crime, complaints, people requiring medical attention and, best of all, no burning of toilets, which had cast doubt over the future of the festival.
Organisers said:”This weekend has [been] its best year yet. Celebrating its fifth year in Leeds the festival got under way with no police presence and under huge public scrutiny.”
Melvin Benn, MD of Mean Fiddler Organisation, said, “This was a marvelous weekend and the credit must go to the fans. They saw the publicity, they heard the concerns and they decided to prove the doubters wrong. I am so so pleased. They have done themselves and the Leeds Festival proud.”
On the opening night on Friday, 22 fans were injured when a crowd surged against a barrier in front of the stage during System Of A Down’s set. The set was halted temporarily to allow the crush to subside.
West Yorkshire Police say they made 28 arrests over the course of the weekend.
Check out this week’s NME for the definitive review and huge aerial posters of the entire Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival.