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The CARLING WEEKEND in LEEDS will take place at TEMPLE NEWSAM this year, NME.COM can reveal.

The future of the northern leg of the Carling Weekend was decided at a hearing today (July 24). The licence application for 2002 was originally rejected amid vociferous complaints from local pressure groups.

However, organisers Mean Fiddler lodged an appeal to Leeds Magistrates' Court. At this hearing, a decision was made as to whether the event can take place at Temple Newsam Park in conjunction with Reading over the weekend of August 23-25.

Moments ago, a spokesperson for the festival called NME.COM to confirm that the appeal had been successful.

In a statement, Mean Fiddler Managing Director, Melvin Benn said: "This is obviously fantastic news for the festival and for the thousands of fans that have already bought the tickets and those that no doubt will rush to do so now. The confidence that the fans have shown in our ability to overturn what they also saw as a bizarre decision was very heartening and they and we can now look forward to a great weekend."

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