Festival Republic, promoters of the Reading and Leeds Festival, have confirmed that all weekend tickets for the event have sold out in record time. A total of 200,000 tickets sold in 2 hours.

This year Leeds and Reading are headlined by Rage Against the Machine, Metallica and The Killers, with The Manics, Slipknot, Bloc Party, Biffy Clyro, Bullet For My Valentine, The Cribs, Feeder, Pendulum, We Are Scientists and Tenacious D also appearing.

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic said, "'I am over the moon! Absolutely thrilled. 20th year since we took over Reading after it had been bankrupt. 10th year since we created Leeds. The UK's biggest selling festival with the best bill on the planet this year sells out in less than 2 hours. Whoever is talking about a slump in festival popularity is talking rubbish. Long live Reading and Leeds!”.