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Reading & Leeds encourage young fans to vote in General Election with free tickets

The Just Vote campaign will offer free tickets as prizes for those registering to vote in the July election.

By Will Richards

Reading & Leeds
Reading & Leeds (Picture: Joseph Okpako/WireImage)

Reading & Leeds festivals have joined a scheme offering young fans the chance of free tickets to the festival if they register to vote.

Last month, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak called a general election for July 4, saying: “This hard-earned economic stability was only ever meant to be the beginning, the question now is how and who do you trust to turn that foundation into a secure future for you, your family, and our country?”

Now, Reading & Leeds have joined the Just Vote campaign, which offers prizes to young voters when they register for the polls.

Festival boss Melvin Benn said: “Reading & Leeds are among the country’s biggest gatherings of young people and sit at the very heart of our youth culture.

“In bringing these festivals to life I have the privilege of witnessing the next generation’s energy and passion first-hand and it is vital that their voices be heard at the general election.”

Benn added: “The music industry has always been an important force for positive change and working with Just Vote is a great way to empower our audiences to channel their energy into exercising their democratic right at this historic moment.”

Voting registration closes at 11:59pm BST on Tuesday, June 18. You can register here.

The Prime Minister Rishi Sunak (R) and the leader of the opposition and Labour Leader Sir Keir Starmer. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

The dual August bank holiday festivals will be headlined by the likes of Liam GallagherLana Del ReyFred again.. and Blink-182.

For this year, the festival have unveiled a huge new dance stage called The Chevron. The ProdigySkrillex and Sonny Fodera will headline the 40,000 capacity arena at this year’s festival, with the stage also hosting the world’s biggest silent disco.

Discussing the stage, which will also host Nia ArchivesBarry Can’t Swim and more and feature floating LED lights, Benn said: “The Chevron is more than just a physical stage; it’s a testament to Reading & Leeds’ continued commitment to innovation and industry leadership. We demonstrated this previously, with the introduction and success of dual main stages in 2021.

“This year I saw the opportunity to do something new and truly special, reflecting the audience’s evolving tastes and cutting edge production the show is known for. This elevates our electronic and hip-hop music offerings, while still delivering six main-stage headliners and a strong representation across other genres. I can’t wait for everyone to experience The Chevron this summer.”