Friday, May 20, 2005


Okay, we're being a bit tabloidesque here. But the farmland on which the festival has been held for thirty five years has been put on the market with a likely price of GBP1.5million. The festival's future is pretty secure in the short-term, as Mean Fiddler/Clear Channel has got a lease until 2010, and Melvin Benn is convinced the new owner wouldn't want to ask them to leave, either:

"The most profitable activity on the farm is the festival. So the chances of us not being asked there are pretty slim. But should that not be the case, we'll find another bit of grass."

Yes, Reading must be full of communities keen to have a rock festival on their land.