Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival to get exclusive stage

Plus organisers unveil new late night entertainments

The Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival is set to get a new stage for this year event which takes place between August 25 and 27.

The bash held at Braham Park, will gain a stage exclusive to the northern leg of event to showcase new music.

The Topman Stage will feature up and coming bands which organiser Melvyn Benn told NME.COM will mean “the north of England is now the only place to discover new bands.”

Unsigned acts including Dirtblonde, Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire, Little Ze and Letters And Colours will play the stage after sending in demos to local talent contests.

More establish groups like Polytechnic, Stoney, Champion Kickboxer, The Somatics, The Lodger and The Scaramanga Six will also play the stage.

In addition fans will also be able to enjoy entertainment later into the night, with this year’s Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival getting a license until 3am.

Events set to take place after the main arena finishes include a series of sound systems in the camping areas, BMX displays and possibly a floodlit football pitch.

The new entertainments have been brought in following the fans forums conducted by the festival earlier this year as a means to find ways to head off the outbreaks of violence that marred the end of last year’s bash.

“The Fans’ Forums seemed to suggest that people got up to mischief because everything stopped at eleven o’clock at night,” explained Benn of the new measures. “I’m hoping that the later entertainment will (stop the rioting). I’m also hoping this Love Not Riots campaign will help as well. It’s only a hundred people out of tens of thousands, the rest of the festival has such an amazing atmosphere.”