Weather blamed for poor Reading sound
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28 August 2008
Reading organiser Melvin Benn has blamed the weather for the poor sound levels at this year's festival.
Benn has spoken out after some fans complained about the sound on the main stage for performances from Rage Against The Machine and The
Disgruntled festival-goers also criticized the volume of the speakers during Bloc
Party's Saturday night set.
Speaking to the BBC Melvin Benn said: "The council
set exactly the same level that they always set, but due to the weather this year, the sound stayed low.
a result the sound hit those decibel readings much, much earlier than normal, resulting in the sound being recorded at much
louder volumes offsite than normal."
The Killers and
Bloc Party's sets were both marred by rain and wind, which Benn conceded were factors for the lowered sound.
He continued: "We were obligated by the council to turn our levels down. The sound levels on site are almost entirely
dictated by the levels offsite.
"The local council set levels by which sound can't be above and this is
measured next to residential properties nearby to the site."
However Benn has promised to rectify the
issues for next years event.
He said: "The sound level was less than ideal on the Friday night and my
sound engineer and I have a meeting scheduled in with the council to present how we will overcome this so we don’t face
the same issues with sound next year."