One leg of the Carling Weekend now has just day tickets left...

Weekend tickets for the READING leg of this year’s CARLING WEEKEND have sold out in record time, NME is first to reveal.

The last few weekend tickets were snapped up late last week, having only been available for a month. The festival follows in the footsteps of this year’s Glastonbury Festival, which sold out within a day of going on sale.

Festival booker Neil Pengelly told NME that although he didn’t think the success of Glastonbury has had a direct effect on Reading’s sales, he said 2003 in particular has been a bumper year for live music.

“Tickets went quickly last year, but this year has easily surpassed that,” he said. “Traditionally Reading does well, but I think this year has sold quickly because of the range and strength of the line-up. I don’t know if Glastonbury selling out has had a direct effect, but all big events this year, from Eminem, right through to Reading and Leeds, are doing brilliantly.”

A spokesperson for the V Festival said sales of their event have mirrored that of Reading. She commented: “Tickets for this year’s V Festival have nearly all been sold. We are advising people buy now before it is too late because it won’t be long until they will have all gone.”

Weekend tickets for Leeds are still on sale, priced £95, and day tickets for both are still on sale at £40. Call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663 for availability.