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Reading and Leeds gigs kick off

Newsbeat opens the Leeds Festival and interviews Filthy Dukes as they come off stage

The first bands of the weekend have officially kicked off the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The Arctic Monkeys and the Prodigy will perform later and Radiohead will also play at both sites for the first time in 15 years.

Organiser Melvin Benn said: "We've got the best bill of the year."

On Tuesday, he announced that flags have been banned from the twin sites because they block the crowds view of the stage.

"I'm very pleased with the start we've had, and we're just looking forward to the music kicking off now," Mr Benn said.

"I'm feeling positive about the weekend."

Phoney tickets

Despite his confidence, he did admit there had been "a couple of issues" with fake tickets, but insisted the situation had improved from last year.

The event promoters, Festival Republic, said a number of tickets had been issued by unofficial websites.

A spokeswoman said anyone holding a phoney ticket will not be allowed into the festival.

In Reading, 83,500 fans are expected to descend upon the banks of the River Thames, while 70,000 will be at Leeds' Bramham Park.

Highlights from both festivals will be shown on BBC Three and broadcast on BBC Radio 1 across the weekend.

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