Melvin Benn wants action

Reading & Leeds organiser Melvin Benn has slammed ticket touts ahead of this summer's event.

When demand outstrips supply, ticket touts begin to encroach upon live music. Often charging scandalous prices, the nature of touting has often left ordinary fans unable to afford the exorbitant mark up.

This summer many events will attempt to combat touts with new methods. Reading and Leeds - perhaps the year's largest festival, given Glastonbury's absence - will be foremost amongst these.

During an interview with the Independent, festival organiser Melvin Benn vowed that action would be taken on touts.

"I don't, unlike ticket touts, want to see ordinary people priced out of going to see concerts, plays or matches in a time of austerity," he said.

Continuing, Melvin Benn argued that unified action should be taken across the events calendar. "I also believe it's very unfair that the profits made on secondary ticket sales go not to the organisations that take on the risk of mounting cultural events like Latitude, which brings together hundreds of bands, theatre companies, writers and artists, nor to the charities we work with. Instead, they go straight into the pockets of touts, who in turn then pay no tax on their profits."

Headlining Reading and Leeds this summer will be The Cure, Kasabian and Foo Fighters. It's a rare return to the festival season for The Cure, whose performance at Bestival last year gained a release in its own right.

Kasabian are hard at work on their new studio album, while Foo Fighters remain one of the biggest rock bands on the planet.

Elsewhere on the Main Stage, fans can expect appearances from: Paramore, Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys, Bombay Bicycle club, The Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs, You Me At Six, Enter Shikari, Bullet for My Valentine, Crystal Castles, The Shins, All Time Low, Angels and Airwaves, OFWGKTA, THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM, Coheed and Cambria, Mystery Jets Official, Eagles Of Death Metal, Cancer Bats, Band of Skulls, Deaf Havana, Blood Red Shoes and Pulled Apart by Horses.

Reading and Leeds runs between August 24th - 26th.

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