Reading Festival is one of the UK's most famous music festivals. Held each August bank holiday weekend, giants from the worlds of rock, indie, electronic, hip-hop and more descend on Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, for three days of outdoor madness.
The festival is one of the country's oldest music festivals having started in 1971, and has an unrivalled hall of fame that includes Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Foals and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It's therefore little wonder tickets continue to sell out every year.
And in the run-up to each edition, music forums are dominated with Reading Festival rumours, as keen festival-goers speculate over who they're hoping will make the final lineup.
But it isn't just about music at Reading, with the festival also laying on a lineup of some of the world's best comedians as well as screenings of both classic and modern films for those after a bit of respite between the main stages.
Piff The Magic Dragon
The Big Moon vs Marika Hackman DJs
Declan McKenna vs Blaenavon DJs
Huw Stephens vs Circa Waves DJs
Jen Long vs Bless DJs
Buttoned Down Disco
Propaganda w/ Blossoms [DJ set]
Flo & Joan
Little John's Farm sits just outside Reading town centre on the banks of the River Thames.
Heathrow is the closest airport, with direct buses running every 20 minutes. The X25 service takes just over 50 minutes and will leave you just to the south-east of the festival site.
If you’re coming from central London, direct trains run to Reading from London Paddington every 10 minutes. It’s a half-hour journey.
Shuttle buses will be available between both Reading train station and the town centre to the festival site.
For those driving, there will be clear signposts to the various car parks or drop-off points as you approach the festival site. Parking tickets cost £10 in advance, and £20 on the gate.
The campsite will open at 6pm on Wednesday 23 August 2017 for Early Entry Ticket holders.
The campsite will open at 8am on Thursday 24 August for all Weekend Ticket holders.
The arena will open at 11am on Friday 25 August 2017.
No, but anyone 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Under 13s get in free but, again, must be accompanied by an adult.
There are several bars in the arena, operating on a cash-only basis.
Only food for personal consumption and water/soft drinks in sealed bottles 500ml and under may be brought into the arena.
There are a number of cash points dotted throughout the arena. Please check the festival maps onsite for their location. They charge a small fee for services.
Music Angel Unlimited Mobile Charging will be at Reading this year, offering their Social Power battery for £25 with Unlimited Charging.
Yes, there will be lockers available to hire. Lockers need to be purchased in advance.
All lockers have USB ports for phone charging, but have only one charging device per locker. Please remember to bring your own USB cable.
This festival is great for students. If you're planning on going to a festival as a student group, enquire here for extra help.