Reading Festival, the iconic British music festival, has been making the August bank holiday its own since its inception alongside its sibling Leeds Festival. Although it started out as a rock festival, Reading and Leeds now showcase a lineup that spans the genres, including rock, indie, house, techno, drum and bass and grime.
Held on Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, just 15 minutes from Reading city centre, the festival has become a rite of passage for UK music fans, with nearly all seasoned festival-goers having been a least once.
And that's no surprise when you consider the hall of fame that have graced its famous main stage since 1971. We're talking bands such as Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Radiohead, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Foals and Red Hot Chili Peppers, to name just a few. Just take a look at any festival forum, and you'll find it dominated with Reading Festival rumours in the run up to its lineup announcements.
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 music stages.
The 2018 lineup will be announced closer to the festival. The last edition included sets from Kasabian, Eminem, Muse, Bastille, Major Lazer, Haim, Two Door Cinema Club and Liam Gallagher.
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.
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.
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.