Stage set for more bands at Leeds Festival as organisers reveal plans for shake-up

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festival bosses are hoping to introduce three new stages at next year’s Leeds Festival.

The move could see more bands added to the line up by increasing the number of stages in the main arena from six to eight or nine.

Festival boss Melvin Benn said despite looking at introducing additional stages at Leeds and sister site Reading, there would not be an increased crowd capacity at the three-day event.

He said: “You feel like you need to press the refresh button and that’s really what I’m doing.

“I’m still firming up the plans but I want to try and look at adding a few more bits of music and a couple of other things into the festival.

“I want to add a couple of sit down locations for food and I want to make the dance stage go from a one-day stage to a three-day stage.”

He added: “I think it gives more diversity to the festival and want to add a little bit more.

“A festival can’t stand still. Artists change year on year but I want to change the format a little bit – particularly in Leeds I have got the space to be able to add a few areas.

“It’s a work in progress.”

Organiser Festival Republic is also contemplating revealing one of the festival’s headline acts next month when tickets first go on sale on November 30.