There will be two festivals in the North this year as Reading organisers snatch Leeds site from V99...

The Mean Fiddler organisation look set to be granted a licence to go ahead and stage a second leg of the Reading Festival in Leeds this year.

Leeds City Council are expected to granted the company a five-year licence to hold the event – called Leeds 99 – at Temple Newsum over the August Bank Holiday weekend – a week after the V99 festival was due to be held on the same site. However, the council refused to comment on any aspect of the new festival.

Leeds 99 will run from August 28-30, with the Reading Festival running from August 27-29. Acts will alternate between the two sites, in a similar way to how V98 operated.


It now seems that the organisers of V99 are likely to take their festival elsewhere; for the last two years it has been split between Chelmsford and Leeds.

The organisers of V99, SJM and Metropolis, said that the event would definitely go ahead somewhere in the North, but they could not confirm where or when until next month.

Meanwhile, Mean Fiddler have announced that Phoenix Festival will take place in July at Long Marston, near Stratford Upon Avon, but that it would be a two or three-day event rather than four, as in previous years.

A new festival, Brighton 99, has been given the go ahead at Stanmer Park, Brighton on July 31-August 1 – the site which was previously home to the now defunct Brighton Essential Festival.

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