Leeds Festival Moved Out Of Town

Leeds Festival organisers have decided to hold the event at the new venue of Bramham Park despite receiving a license for the usual venue of Temple Newsam.

The festival has been held there since it started four years ago, but many local residents and police objected to this year's licence after rioting over the past few years – last year, toilets were set on fire.

Melvyn Benn from Mean Fiddler, who is behind the festival, said the decision was made after listening to the arguments from both sides and to assure the future of the event.

He reckons Bramham Park is a safer bet as it is further away from residents, has good access and the people who own it are aware of the difficulties but is "committed to help eradicating them."

He told Radio 1 he's sure it will match up to Temple Newsam, although maybe not for the stars:

"Certainly in terms of the arena, the arena's gorgeous. The guest area? Well, it doesn't have a pond, but maybe I'll see what I can do."

Leeds Festival takes place from August 22-24 and is headlined by Blur, The White stripes and Metallica.

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