The festival duo (Reading and Leeds) over the years have suffered more than their fair share of troubles, having had to move grounds repeatedly since 1961, band bottlings, and rioting on the Leeds event in 2002 almost leading to a loss of license. This only serves to show however, that the two annual events have become ensconced in fans hearts, which show no sign of letting up even during the current financial climate.
Over the years, the consistently well chosen line ups (and the inspired idea of giving two parts of the country a chance to attend since 1999) has proven popular. In 2008 with headliners Metallica, The Killers and RATM, tickets for both Reading and Leeds Festivals sold out in record time on March 31st, with all 200,000 tickets being snapped up within an incredible 2 hours. 2009 was a similar story, with tickets at Reading selling out in a matter of days and 2011 continuing the pattern.
In 2012, Festival Republic looked further to the needs of the masses, with purses and wallets tighter than ever before, a ticket deposit scheme was introduced giving fans a chance to spread their ticket cost with 4 installments. This years epic choice of Sunday headliner The Foo Fighters, meant that day tickets for Sunday are already sold out. No surprise there then.
So on to this years line up. Not too shabby at all. Over 155 artists have so far been announced. 27 main stage acts, 31 acts on the NME/Radio One stage, 35 spread over the Lock Up and Dance stages, 42 acts on the Festival Republic stage, 20 on the Alternative stage and with the BBC introducing stage yet to be revealed, fans are definitely getting their money's worth!