32 weeks and counting until the 2012 Reading Festival and the 2012 Leeds Festival, and tickets will go back on sale in the Spring, with a new addition this year -- you’ll have to put a deposit down on the tickets.
“It would be lovely to make them cheaper if it was economically viable but it isn’t. The sad thing is that the cost of running a festival, from infrastructure to sound, lights and bands, has increased and it’s just not viable to reduce the prices. I wish it was. If it was, believe me, I would do it. There’s going to be a deposit sale introduced for the March main sale, which will be the first time we’ve done that properly." said Melvin Benn, the managing director of Festival Republic when speaking to NME.
Reading And Leeds Festivals dates run from August 24 - 26. Run by Festival Republic, the dual festivals were recently known as "Carling Weekend" until the festival sponsor Carling dropped support for the two shows, when Festival Republic picked up the bill and continued the drive. Reading and Leeds are two of the oldest music festivals around, which date back to 1961.
A Reading Festival lineup and Leeds Festival lineup has not been announced but is due sometime in 2012. Check out the Spacelab Festival guide to stay up to date on 2012 music festivals, and check in with the Music Festival News page for daily & weekly updates.