‘Best Reading Festival’ claims Melvin Benn
September 02, 2009
Festival boss Melvin Benn has claimed 2009 was the best Reading Festival ever.
And he could not understand why Friday headliners Kings of Leon were so unhappy with their performance because of sound quality.
He said: “This year worked well on so many levels. We made improvements in the sound and I think that worked. I have not heard any complaints at all.
“I was watching Kings of Leon from the side and their performance was flawless, I really cannot understand why they were so unhappy. But clearly they were and they made it very obvious.
“We did have some problems with gusts of winds but they had died down by the evening. My son was in the crowd on Saturday watching Prodigy and said it was immense.
“He would have been highly critical if there was a problem with the sound.”
He added: “Not selling tickets at the box office and not allowing flags was a great success, I was really pleased about that.”
Speaking about trouble at the site, Mr Benn said: “It was my impression that the campsite was quieter this year than last year.
“As far as I know no loos were set fire to. They did try to set fire to a telegraph pole but that was about it.
“There certainly were fires on the campsite. They always light fires and I think some tents were thrown into the fires, but certainly not with anyone in them.
“As for the person who reported to the medical tent with burns, he told them he was trying to jump in and out of the fire.”
Reading Borough Council spokeswoman Sarah Bishton also responded to criticism of the sound. She said: “The levels at this year’s festival were in fact three decibels higher than previous years.
“The council approved an application by Festival Republic to slightly amend their licence allowing levels to be slightly increased. This was in response to requests from people who attended last year’s festival. The noise levels were further increased for the last two acts on all days.”
She added: “The council did not receive any complaints in relation to fires on the festival site.”