Festival Republic, the U.K. promoter behind the Leeds and Reading festivals, is part of a group planning a new outdoor event for 2009 called Heavenly Planet.

Although still awaiting local-authority approval, the organizers believe the new festival will get the go-ahead for its scheduled launch dates of July 10-11 next year. It will have a capacity for 15,000 spectators of mostly "families and younger festival goers," according to a statement.

The event will take place at the Rivermead site in the U.K. town of Reading, location for the iconic annual Reading rock festival (also a Festival Republic event). According to Festival Republic, the nearby indoor Rivermead Leisure Centre might also be incorporated in the overall site in case of bad weather and rain. A decision from the local authorities is expected Sept. 29.

While naming of any headlining acts is still some way off, Festival Republic says the event will aim to promote "optimism," "global awareness" and "open-minded enthusiasm." The organizer is Heavenly Planet U.K. Festivals, a three-way enterprise created by Festival Republic, the Reading Borough Council local authority, and Thomas Brooman, the former artistic director of WOMAD, the annual world-music event.

"For two years now, the council and I have been discussing the idea of a new, innovative, diverse and outward-looking festival. And Thomas brings everything we were looking for to the table and the partnership is now complete," said Melvin Benn, Festival Republic's managing director, in a statement.

"This festival, with its concepts of music, optimism and positivity, will create an event entirely new and unique for Reading," Brooman added. Should the event become a success, Heavenly Planet U.K. Festivals hopes to extend it into a three-day event.