Reading Borough Council has agreed to an increase in sound levels at this year's Reading Festival, writes David Davies. As a result, the peak on-site sound level will increase from 98dB to 107dB, while the off-site peak - defined as the dB rating at the nearest residence - rises from 65db to 68dB during the day, with a further increase to 70dB for the last two acts on each evening.
The changes follow widespread criticism of perceived low sound levels on the main stage during the 2008 Reading Festival.
In addition, the council has also agreed to an increase in capacity for this year's event by 3,500, with further increases of 3,500 and 3,000 to follow in 2010 and 2011, respectively.
"I would like to pay tribute to the council for not resting on their laurels, and for helping the Reading Festival to maintain its position as the pre-eminent rock festival in the world," said Melvin Benn, managing director of Reading Festival promoter Festival Republic.
Requests for further comment from festival organisers and sound providers remained outstanding at press time.
This year's Reading Festival will be headlined by Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead, with Kaiser Chiefs, The Prodigy and Bloc Party among the other major acts scheduled to appear.
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