August 31, 2012 16:00

Melvin Benn: 'The Reading Festival audience are brutal'

The Reading and Leeds boss says the 2000 booking of Daphne and Celeste 'completely backfired'

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Reading and Leeds boss Melvin Benn has admitted that the crowds at Reading can be "brutal".

Speaking to NME about the notorious bottlings of pop duo Daphne and Celeste in 2000 and 50 Cent in 2004, Benn said: "The Reading audience in particular, are brutal."

In the NME video interview, which you can see above, he added: "Daphne and Celeste was a bit of fun really, that completely backfired… The fans know what they want and they also know when they don't think it's right, and I think its fair enough that they tell us that."

It is about the fans as well as the bands and the fans have got to express their feelings.

Enter Shikari have been voted best act at Reading And Leeds 2012 by NME users.

The band took to the Main Stage at Reading on Saturday (August 25) and Leeds on Sunday (August 26). In second place were Foo Fighters on the Main Stage, followed by Kasabian in their first ever headline slot and The Cure – who played the festival for the first time in 33 years.

Green Day's surprise appearance on the NME/Radio 1 stage at Reading on Saturday made it to number six, after The Black Keys. Kaiser Chiefs, The Maccabees, Paramore and The Hives make up the rest of the Top 10.

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