Reading And Leeds Festivals organiser: ‘I bear no grudge against Guns N’ Roses’ – video

Melvin Benn tells NME he thinks the band are 'one of the greatest in the world'

Reading and Leeds Festivals organiser Melvin Benn has told NME he doesn’t have a grudge against Guns N’ Roses, after the band took to the stage late at the Reading leg of the bash on Friday (August 27).

In a video interview you can watch on the right of your screen now, Benn said he had “absolutely no idea at all” why the band did not begin their set on time.

Benn also gave his reaction to the band’s negative Twitter comments about him today, saying: “I haven’t got a grudge against the band. Why would I have a grudge against the band? They’re one of the greatest bands in the world and they’re playing one of the greatest festivals in the world.”

He added that he’s also “sure” they will play Leeds Festival as scheduled later tonight.

“I’ve got no reason to think that they won’t play. Of course they’ll play. They’ve got great fans and the fans will be there waiting for them. The only thing that I know is that I’ve got to finish at 11pm (BST). That’s the issue really.”

Benn said that he will be flying up to Leeds Festival to see the band.

Watch the interview with Benn on the right of your screen now.

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