August 7, 2012 8:15

Reading And Leeds Festivals attendees to get free beer and breakfast

All weekend tickets holders will receive a beer and breakfast bap on each of the event's three days

Reading And Leeds Festivals attendees to get free beer and breakfast

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

The organiser of the Reading And Leeds Festivals has confirmed plans to give every fan with a weekend ticket a free beer and sandwich at this year's event.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, had previously said that all weekend ticket holders would receive a beer and a burger on each day of the August 24–26 extravaganza, but has now modified this slightly to become a beer and breakfast bap.

Speaking about this, he said: "Beer and Burger (B&B) has become Beer and Breakfast Bap (B&BB). Of course it was never intended to be only beer as soft drinks were always going to be on offer and that will remain. The mechanics are simple. For the food element every weekend ticket holder will receive their food vouchers at the same time as their ticket, with a per day voucher that can be redeemed at specially created 'Food for Campers' locations in the campsite, offering either a bacon, sausage or a scrambled egg and mushroom bap."

He continued: "The breakfast bap will be available between 7am and 12 noon Friday, Saturday and Sunday and only the voucher for that specific day can be redeemed. Although no sponsor has come forward to support this in any real way our pals at Heinz have been kind enough to donate enough sauce to make us all very happy!"

He continued further: "The beer is even easier! As you walk out of wristband exchange for the first time a team of festival volunteers will be waiting to give every weekend wristband holder a bag with three cans of beer or soft drinks, one for each of the music days. What's even better is that the bag is a recycling bag, which you can fill with empty cans to get even more free beer! It's on us so I hope you enjoy it!"

Benn had previously said to NME that he "wanted to give something back" with this offer. He said: "It’s tough for kids at the minute, students and people not working and money being tight. I just want to give something back."

The Cure, Foo Fighters and Kasabian will headline this summer's Reading And Leeds Festivals, with The Vaccines, Enter Shikari, At The Drive-In, Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six and All Time Low playing high-profile slots. See below for the line-up so far.

See NME.COM/festivals/reading-and-leeds, Readingfestival.com and Leedsfestival.com for more information about this summer's events.

The Reading And Leeds Festivals line-ups so far are:

Reading: August 24 (Fri), Leeds: August 25 (Sat)

Main Stage

The Cure
Paramore
Bombay Bicycle Club
You Me At Six
Crystal Castles
Angels And Airwaves
Coheed And Cambria
Cancer Bats
Deaf Havana

NME/Radio 1 Stage

The Maccabees
Foster The People
The Courteeners
Graham Coxon
Passion Pit
The Blackout
The Hives
Spector
Friends
Hadouken!
Here We Go Magic

The Lock Up Stage

Social Distortion
Anti Flag
Every Time I Die
Bouncing Souls
Saves The Day
Touche Amore
A Wilhelm Scream
Ceremony
Random Hand
Dead To Me
Star Fucking Hipsters
Pettybone

The Alternative Stage

Chris Ramsey (Reading)
Nathan Caton (Reading)
Late Night Gimp Fight (Reading)
Scroobius Pip (Reading)
Jason Byrne (Leeds)
Stephen K Amos (Leeds)
Naz Osmanoglu (Leeds)
Tom Deacon (Leeds)
Joel Dommet (Leeds)
Abandoman (Leeds)
Chris Shepherd (Leeds)

Reading: August 25 (Sat), Leeds: August 26 (Sun)

Main Stage

Kasabian
Florence And The Machine
The Vaccines
Enter Shikari
The Shins
Odd Future
Mystery Jets
Blood Red Shoes
Los Campesinos!

NME/Radio 1 Stage

At The Drive-In
The Cribs
Mastodon
Billy Talent
Miike Snow
Santigold
Dry The River
Twin Atlantic
Pure Love

Dance Stage

Metronomy
Katy B
Azealia Banks
Jaguar Skills
Modestep
Feed Me
Grimes
Japanese Popstars
Clement Marfo And The Frontline
Jagga
Zinc (DJ set)

The Alternative Stage

Reginald D Hunter (Reading)
Lee Nelson (Reading)
Doc Brown (Reading)
Chris Cox (Reading)
Jimmy McGhie
Jeff Leach (Reading)
Kid Koala (Reading)
Benjamin Zephaniah (Reading)
Al Murray (Leeds)
Chris Ramsey (Leeds)
Nathan Caton (Leeds)
Late Night Gimp Fight (Leeds)
Scroobius Pip (Leeds)

Reading: August 26 (Sun), Leeds: August 24 (Fri)

Main Stage

Foo Fighters
The Black Keys
Kaiser Chiefs
Bullet For My Valentine
All Time Low
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Band Of Skulls
Pulled Apart By Horses

NME/Radio 1 Stage

Justice
Two Door Cinema Club
The Horrors
SBTRKT
Mark Langegan Band
The Joy Formidable
Tribes
Django Django
Howler
Of Monsters And Men

The Lock Up Stage

Less Than Jake
Me First And The Gimme Gimmes
Gallows
Turbonegro
Trash Talk
Good Riddance
The Skints
Polar Bear Club
This Is Hell
The Flatliners
Apologies, I Have None

The Alternative Stage

Jason Byrne (Reading)
Stephen K Amos (Reading)
Sean Walsh
Glenn Wool
Holly Walsh
Katherine Ryan (Reading)
Doc Brown (Leeds)
Damo Clark
Popcorn Comedy
Dave Twentyman (Leeds)
Kid Koala (Leeds)

Photo Gallery – The 30 Greatest Reading And Leeds Festivals Moments

To check the availability of Reading Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

To check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.














To check the availability of Leeds Festival tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.


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