Reading Festival is one of the biggest festivals in the UK and in Europe with an attendance of nearly 90,000 people every year. Its first edition was in 1961, giving it a strong claim to the title of oldest popular music festival in the world. Reading started off as a jazz festival, but since hosting The Rolling Stones in 1964, the lineup always includes the most popular rock, pop, metal and hip hop acts. In recent years, headline shows have been given by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, Muse, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, and many others. Across its eight stages, the festival also features upcoming alternative, rock and punk acts, as well as a dance music tent.
In 1999, Reading Festival expanded with a second leg in Leeds. Leeds Festival features the same lineup, and is held in the same weekend.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to the festival?
The festival site is a 15-20 minute walk from Reading train station. There will also be shuttle buses from the station and Reading town centre to the festival site.
If you prefer to travel by coach, Big Green Coach are the official travel partner of Reading Festival. There are 41 pickup locations across the UK, and prices start at £38 for a return.
If you are coming from abroad, the closest airport is London Heathrow. From there, Railair operate a direct bus service to Reading train station.
There are two car parks. You can buy passes online in advance for £10, or for £20 on the gate.
Is there a festival campsite?
There is! The campsites are included in your weekend ticket, which gives you entry from Thursday until the close of the campsites on Monday.
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