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Melvin Benn, managing director of Leeds Festival organisers Festival Republic with bands Battle Lines, City of Lights, Glass Caves, King No-One, Man Can't Fly, Modo Stare and The Grand at Bramham Park.
Melvin Benn, managing director of Leeds Festival organisers Festival Republic with bands Battle Lines, City of Lights, Glass Caves, King No-One, Man Can't Fly, Modo Stare and The Grand at Bramham Park.

Thousands of festival goers are expected to pour into Wetherby’s Bramham Park this weekend for one of Europe’s biggest music events.

The Leeds Festival will be held at the privately-owned estate for the 10th consecutive year this Bank Holiday weekend.

wet  Melvin Benn at the Leeds Festival press day.  (130724M4a)

wet Melvin Benn at the Leeds Festival press day. (130724M4a)

And the park, owned by the Lane-Fox family. will host one of the biggest ever Leeds Festival’s to date after crowd capacity increased in 2012 from 70,000 to 75,000.

Headliners this year will include American rapper Eminem, Biffy Clyro and rock band Green Day who will perform on the main stage during the three-day rock extravaganza .

Other artists will include Leeds-based Alt-J, rocker band System of a Down, Nine Inch Nails, The Lumineers, Editors, Brand New and Tame Impala.

Managing director of Festival Republic, Melvin Benn, who established the festival 15 years ago, announced the full line-up of for the event at Bramham Park earlier this year.

He said: “It’s hard to believe that it was 15 years ago that I staged the first Leeds Festival and even longer since I first had the idea.

“I still experience the same passion and excitement that I ever did.

“I go to hundreds of festivals every year and I still believe this is the purest, most direct and rawest music festival in the UK.

“It has become part of the fabric of the music life of the North and absolutely a part of the Leeds music scene.”

In 2011, a 15-year agreement was signed by Mr Benn to keep the festival at the Bramham Park site.

The event, which runs in conjunction with the Reading Festival, was originally held at Temple Newsam in Leeds in 1999, but was blighted with traffic and noise problems and moved to the current Bramham Park site in 2003.

The festival has run smoothly in recent years, with organisers giving discounted tickets to local residents.

Mr Benn has said he wants to continue investing time and money into the nearby villages of Thorner and Bramham.

The Bramham Community fund, which was set up in 2003, has received more than £160,000 from festival organisers since it started.

A similar scheme is set up in Thorner, with money raised to help pay for a new football pitch for Thorner Utd FC, as well as a new boiler for a Cub and Scout hut in the village.

This year, a traffic management scheme has been set up with travellers to the festival being urged to plan their journey’s ahead of the event.

All festival traffic will be directed from the A1(M) at junction 45 (Boston Spa) along West Woods Road and Paradise Way.

An additional route will be available today, Thursday - the busiest day for travel - via junction 44, the A1(M)/A64 Bramham Interchange.

Traffic will exit here and continue on the A64 westbound towards Leeds on a designated two lane one-way system before turning into the festival car parks opposite the Dogs Trust.

In order to manage the additional route the A64 is being closed to all through eastbound traffic from the Fox and Grapes public house from midnight on Wednesday until 5am on Friday.

The Leeds Festival runs from this Friday, August 23 until Monday August 26.

For more information visit www.leedsfestival.com.