A rock n roll rite of passage
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As one of the UK’s longest-standing music events, Reading Festival has a pedigree that allows it to book un-bookable bands, secure headliners on exclusives and have an exhaustive thirst for the Next Big Thing.
Little John’s Farm was once the hallowed ground of the guitar-slinging god, but it now stands proud as a purveyor of everything alternative: rock, metal, dance and hip hop, as well as comedy and cinema.
Guys and gals in skinny jeans still reign supreme though, and it’s still the one gig emerging artists want to cut their teeth at, but it’s also where reunions become reality and reputations are affirmed.
As the dust settles after three-days of August Bank Holiday mayhem, music-lovers are stamped eternally as life-long Reading Festival fans, and with eight stages of musical muscle to keep them returning summer after summer, who can blame them?
MAIN STAGE: Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Vampire Weekend, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, Deaf Havana, Blood Red Shoes, Cross Faith Hacktivist
RADIO 1/NME STAGE: Courteeners, SBTRKT, Warpaint, Temples, Twin Atlantic, Mallory Knox, Drenge, La Dispute, Gerard Way
RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE: Netsky Live, Annie Mac, Gorgon City, Wilkinson, Duke Dumont Live, AlunaGeorge, Sigma, Indiana, RÜFÜS, Panama
LOCK UP: Jimmy Eat World, Brody Dalle, The Skints, Touché Amoré, Eagulls, The Front Bottoms, Slaves, Dave Hause, Muncie Girls
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE: Palma Violets, Bipolar Sunshine, King Charles, Catfish And The Bottlemen, The Orwells, The Fat White Family, Darlia, The Districts, Hudson Taylor, Southern
1XTRA STAGE: Giggs, I Am Legion, David Rodigan MBE, MistaJam, P Money, Lizzo, Raleigh Ritchie, Dirty Dike, Edward Scissortongue,
MAIN STAGE: Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Imagine Dragons, Foster The People. The Hives, Peace, Dry The River, Pulled Apart By Horses, Gnarwolves
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE: Nero, Bombay Bicycle Club, Chvrches, Die Antwoord, Don Broco, Cage The Elephant, Lower Than Atlantis, Royal Blood, Marmozets, Lonely The Brave, DZ Deathrays
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE: Pendulum, Andy C, Gesaffelstein, The Glitch Mob, Borgore, Adventure Club, Jacob Plant, Kove, MØ
THE PIT: Of Mice & Men, Architects, Issues, We Came As Romans, Marmozets, Crosses, Wovenwar, Basement, Brutality Will Prevail, Lesser Key, The HELL, Beasts
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE: Band Of Skulls, We Are Scientists, The Amazing Snakesheads, Circa Waves, Hozier, Wolf Alice, Bear Hands, Marika Hackman, American Authors, Little Matador, The Minutes, Leaders Of Men
1XTRA STAGE: Pusha T, Krpet & Konan, Meridan Dan, Dominque Young Unique, Tempa T, Little Simz, Newham Generals, Adian Coker
MAIN STAGE: Blink 182, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, You Me At Six, A Day To Remember, Sleeping With Sirens, Papa Roach, Young Guns, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far
NME/RADIO 1 STAGE: Disclosure, The 1975, The Horrors, The Kooks, Schoolboy Q, Clean Bandit, Jungle, The Neighbourhood, Twin Shadow
BBC RADIO 1 DANCE STAGE: Flume, Boys Noize, Bondax, Ben Pearce, Breach, Snakehips, Electric Youth, Lxury, Billion
LOCK UP: Gogol Bordello, Möngöl Hörde, letlive, Every Time I De, The Wonderyears, A Wilhelm Scream, The Flatliners, Neck Deep, Baby Godzilla, Masked Intruder, PUP, Emily's Army, Vales
FESTIVAL REPUBLIC STAGE: Augustines, Mayday Parade, The Sunshine Underground, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Sivu, Drowners, Lucius, Saint Raymond
1XTRA STAGE: Danny Brown | Joey Bada$$, Vic Mensa, Kwabs, Elli Ingram, Hawk House, My Nu Leng
ALSO PLAYING BUT STAGES AND DAYS TO BE CONFIRMED:
Bear Hands, Bipolar Sunshine, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Darlia, Hudson Taylor, Circa Waves, David Rodigan MBE, Hozier, I Am Legion, Krept & Konan, Lizzo, The Fat White Family, Vic Mensa, Wolf Alice
Little John's Farm is an area of farmland near Reading in Berkshire, England. It is cut off to the north by the River Thames and is about a ten-minute walk into the centre of town.
Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ, United Kingdom
There are ATM machines available onsite and these are situated in the Village in Yellow campsite. There is a surcharge of £2 per transaction, but they are open 24 hours. The nearest offsite cash point is at the Snax 24 Garage at the end of Richfield Avenue. Reading town centre also has plenty of ATMs.
Yes, but these are for weekend ticket-holders only. Lockers are 25cm wide x 15.5cm deep x 10cm high, so can only be used for small valuables such as mobiles, wallets and cameras. They do, however, have mobile phone charging facilities, which require 12v Car adapters/chargers.
If you’re over 18 you are allowed to take a reasonable amount of alcohol into the camping areas of the festival. However, you cannot take alcohol into the festival arena. Only sealed plastic water and soft drinks bottles of 500ml and under will be allowed in, along with food that's for personal consumption.
Yes, you can go to-and-from the festival as you please throughout the weekend. However, there will be no re-entry allowed into the festival after 8pm on the Sunday without a pass-out ticket, which you can get when leaving the festival.
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