Reading and Leeds festivals to have three new stages in 2013

Organisers looking to "add more music" to next year's event

Reading and Leeds festivals to have three new stages in 2013

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Reading & Leeds organisers have revealed that they are looking to add three new stages to the event in 2013.

The festival, which currently boasts six stages and was headlined by Kasabian, Foo Fighters and The Cure in 2012, would increase to nine in 2013 but keep its capacity at the same level. Festival Republic boss Melvin Benn has revealed that the plan is to "add more music" to the festivals, especially for fans of dance music.

Speaking to BBC Newsbeat, Benn stated: "We're changing the arena at Reading and Leeds quite significantly. I've got quite a strong buzz and feeling in myself in the changes that I'm making there. I'm still formulating the ideas." He adds: "There will quite a bit more dance music, quite a bit more other bits and pieces."

Benn also revealed that he is hoping to name the first of the festivals three headliners before Christmas.

It was confirmed at this year's Reading Festival that two of the three headliners for 2013 are already confirmed, though The Stone Roses are unlikely to feature. Similarly, Benn also expressed a belief that The Black Keys and Florence and The Machine will be headliners in years to come.

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