Reading and Leeds Festivals' rock stage to be named The Pit

The change comes after a fan competition to rename the stage formerly known as The Lock Up

Reading and Leeds Festivals' rock stage to be named The Pit

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The rock stage at this year's Reading and Leeds Festivals will be named The Pit following a fan competition.

Formerly known as The Concrete Jungle and The Lock Up, the stage will be curated by Radio 1 Rock Show host Daniel P Carter with US band Of Mice & Men announced as the first headliner for 2014. The name of the stage was confirmed this weekend (January 31) following over 1,500 suggestions and over 5,000 votes.

Other names suggested by fans included The Riff Haus, The Lockdown, The HyPhy Stage and The Lockdown Stage. Three fans came up with the name The Pit and will get side of stage access to the stage for the weekend.

Speaking about the new stage, Carter comments: "To be curating a stage at Reading & Leeds is so awesome. As someone that was born in Reading, and have been going to the festival since I was a kid, I thought playing the festival was a good as it could get. Turns out I was wrong! I'm really looking forward to putting together a bill of bands that I think are ace and are going to make for a heaving packed tent on each day. We started with Of Mice & Men and went from there. Stoked!"

It was previously revealed that Blink-182 will headline Reading & Leeds 2014 with Disclosure, Metronomy and Jake Bugg also on the bill. Blink-182 will headline the Main Stage for the first time at the festival since they headlined in 2010.

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