Reading And Leeds Festivals chief has final word on 2010 event

Melvin Benn talks Guns N' Roses and Libertines

Reading And Leeds Festivals chief has final word on 2010 event

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Reading And Leeds Festivals boss Melvin Benn has responded to what Guns N' Roses' Axl Rose called a "war" between the band and promoters.

Talking to NME, he also singled out The Libertines' festival comeback shows, at Leeds on Friday (August 27) and Reading on Saturday, as one of the highlights.

Last night at the Leeds Festival, Axl Rose slammed organisers, saying, "This war ain't over". Benn had cut the band's sound at Reading to prevent them from breaking the noise curfew.

Benn played down the feud, saying: "I'd definitely book them again but I don't know if they'd come and play. I doubt I'll be getting a Christmas card from them. It's not personal, I think the band are great. Why would I make it personal?"

He also admitted that there was a potential for chaos with The Libertines, but said he was more than happy with their performances.

"Anyone coming into this festival that just read press would have thought thought The Libertines were going to be the issue, but they were professionals," he said.

He added: "They were just fantastic. It was the real deal and they made the effort. Whether it's got legs for the future I don't know. What they have done is knock their heads together and gone, 'Let's put great shows on'. They may all walk away from each other again, if they do I expect they'll walk away very happy because they've really hung out again."

Benn also hailed Arcade Fire's headline shows as "fantastic" and praised Blink-182's performances.

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