A rite of passage for young festival-goers
Reading Festival has become one of the UK's most famous music festivals. Having started out as a rock music festival back in the 70s, Reading Festival now embraces a whole range of genres, such as dance and hip-hop, while still remaining inherently rock focussed.
So popular have they become, Reading, and its northern sibling Leeds, are now a rite of passage for young festival-goers, while many older festival-goers will no doubt have many stories from fabled times at either festival.
And when it comes to the music, Reading's list of past headliners reads like a hall of fame, with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who and Fleetwood Mac having all graced its main stage.
And beyond the music, Reading Festival also showcases an expanded lineup of comedy as well as film screenings, giving festival-goers the ideal excuse to take a break from the mosh pits.
Little John's Farm sits just outside Reading town centre on the banks of the River Thames.
Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1, United Kingdom
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.
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