Reading Festival Shuttle Buses
Reading Festival Shuttle Boats
From Heathrow Airport
From London Luton Airport
From London Gatwick Airport
From Stansted Airport
Reading Festival via National Express
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Try carpooling using Reading Festival BlaBlaCar ridesharing.
Camping included, VIP options, Payment plan
Prices in the table are quoted in GBP
Reading Festival Tickets
Youths & Children
Reading Festival tickets are in £s.
type of festival
electronic, ambient & downtempo, pop, rock, metal, world, indie & underground, edm / drum & bass / dubstep, techno / house / garage, avant-garde & experimental, trance & psychedelic, hip-hop & rap, reggae & dub, r&b / soul / funk, rock & roll, acoustic & instrumental
dance: dancing; art: visual arts & installations
start Fri, 25 August 2017
end Sun, 27 August 2017
Reading Festival: Rock History Icon
Reading Festival is 3 days of music and camping in an iconic atmosphere that’s played a role in shaping rock music history; one of the longest running festivals in the world. With a legacy of headlining performances by the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Today it incorporates a range of genres including psychedelic-post-punk-revival-rock by the Arctic Monkeys, skate-punk-rock by Blink-182, math-rock by Biffy Clyro, trip-hop-electronica by Kasabian, baroque-rock by Arcade Fire and dance-rock by Franz Ferdinand while still featuring funk-metal by the Red Hot Chili Peppers and stoner rock by Queens of the Stone Age. Reading is a taste of history still in the making at Little Johns Farm in Reading England.
Reading Music Festival is legendary for having staged rock music highs & lows that date back to the ‘60s (held in Reading since ‘71, but officially named the ‘Reading Festival’ in ‘78), becoming an icon; one of the longest running music festivals in the world. Although it started as an offshoot of a jazz fest in Surrey, it grew roots with headline acts that wrote the pages of music history such as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Moody Blues, Jerry Lee Lewis, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath & nascent stars like Phil Collins with Genesis. It also attracted Supertramp, The Police, Cheap Trick, Motorhead, The Cure, Def Leppard, Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, Thin Lizzy, and with rock-metal fans came moshpit madness and a reputation for pelting unappreciated acts off stage with bottles, or turf & mud.
After performances by Nirvana, Rage Against The Machine, Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys and The Prodigy, the event expanded to Leeds, and in 1999 shared its line-up with West Yorkshire throngs: The Charlatans, The Chemical Brothers, and again, the funky rockin’ Red Hot Chili Peppers. Today, Reading and Leeds Festivals continue to share line-ups like Queens of the Stone Age, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand, Arcade Fire, Blink-182, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian, for 80,000 fans in Leeds and 90,000 history-makers at Little Johns Farm on Richfield Avenue in Reading, West Berkshire England.
Reading Festival builds stages for performers who write rock music history!
... it was 1961, and there was a National Jazz Festival in Surrey. And there came to be a tent with acts like Johnny Dankworth & the Clyde Valley Stompers… yes, a long way from the gargantuan stages with screens and light shows…but then, in ‘63 the Rolling Stones & Muddy Waters appeared on the scene, and in ’65 The Who & the Moody Blues, and in ’68 Jerry Lee Lewis, in’69 Pink Floyd, in 1970 Deep Purple & Black Sabbath and finally in 1971 the festival arrived in Reading with Medicine Head & East of Eden, and we can say that Reading was born. But it wasn’t until 1972, while still officially named the “National Jazz, Blues, Folk and Blues Festival”, that it found the place that would become its home at Richfield Avenue, and the first headliners were Tony Banks, Mike Rutherford & Phil Collins as Genesis.
Reading Festival in the ‘70s brought stars like Supertramp, Rory Gallagher, Manfred Mann, The Jam, and in ‘78, at long last, “Reading Festival” became its official name, nicely marked by Paul Weller’s guitar smashing incident. 1979 delivered The Police, Cheap Trick, Motorhead, The Cure & Peter Gabriel, and then came the ‘80s with Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Slade, Iron Maiden, The Kinks, Gillan & Budgie… then more Iron Maiden, Twisted Sister, The Stranglers, Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy & Steel Pulse who would go down in Reading Festival history as having been “bottling” off-stage. Then the festival took a break, and in 1986 reopened with Doctor and the Medics, Hawkwind & Killing Joke. In ‘87 Alice Cooper took centre stage along with Georgia Satellites and in ‘88 Iggy Pop, and the infamous Meatloaf “bottling” incident. In ‘89 Reading headlined My Bloody Valentine, Jesus Jones & The Mission.
Reading line-ups in the 90s included The Pixies, Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds & Faith No More. Comedy was added in ’91, Nirvana in ’92 and in ’93 the line-up included Rage Against The Machine & Blur, followed by Cypress Hill, Primal Scream & Red Hot Chili Peppers in 1994, then Smashing Pumpkins, the Foo Fighters, Soundgarden & Neil Young in ’95. The late nineties brought Metallica, Beastie Boys, Garbage & The Prodigy until 1999 when Reading expanded to Leeds with Charlatans, Blur, The Chemical Brothers & again, the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Reading & Leeds Festivals shared headliners, which in 2000 included Oasis & Primal Scream, and spread into other genres with Eminem & Queens of the Stone Age. Over the following ten years stars included Travis, Manic Street Preachers, The Prodigy and repeat appearances by Blur, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters, The Cure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Queens of the Stone Age, Muse and Smashing Pumpkins. It also brought Linkin Park, Green Day, Franz Ferdinand & Arcade Fire.
In recent years, Reading Festival, under the organization of Festival Republic, has brought Blink-182, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro & Kasabian, attracting around 80,000 annual fans to Leeds and 90,000 to Reading.
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Reading Festival camping is included in the price of weekend tickets.
Each camping area is designated by a colour. Keep in mind:
Reading Festival has 2 caravan areas. The first is the public zone for standard weekend ticket holders (although there is a small extra cost per caravan), and the second is a disabled campervan area that’s also close to the disabled campsite. Add regular/disabled Campervan Permits to your order when buying Reading Festival Tickets.
Yes you can do ‘glamping’ or boutique camping with the Reading Luxury Camping options. For example, rent a funky podpad that’ll be all set up and waiting for you in the podpad village at the White campsite. White campsite is separated from Brown campsite by a pedestrian bridge, on the river’s north side, near Caversham.
Podpads & ‘luxpads’ are pre-erected plywood structures with a floor & beds with air mattresses, available for 2 adults, or the ‘beaupad’ for 4 adults, or ‘bellepad’ for up to 6. Podpad services include toilet cleaning, private showers with hot water, hair dryers, mirrors & mobile phone charging. Book a Podpad after buying Reading Festival Tickets.
Eats & Drinks: Bars, Restaurants, Food Stalls, BYOB, BBQ, Water
Fresh & Clean: Toilets, Shower
Cash & Shops: Cash, Shops
Zone In & Out: VIP Zone, Chill Zone
Everything & More
Reading Festival has everything you’ll need on-site. There are bars, in the Arena, in the White campsite (with the famously delicious ale), and a carry-out bar by Reaper’s Bridge. There are also bars right and left of Main Stage, and another near the Radio 1 NME Stage with lots of yummy cocktail choices.
After headliners finish on the main stages, late night activities continue at 2 Silent Arenas - one in the red campsite near the funfair, another in the orange campsite. There’s also ActionAid tent, Cinema tent & two funfairs - one in the Arena and another in the red campsite.
Seat of Luxury
Aside from the regular toilet blocks, there’s also the option of having access to “The Seat of Luxury” for both guys & gals. They offer hot running water, mirrors, perfumes & potions. Access costs £35 for the entire festival! Add it to regular Reading Festival Tickets.
Book a Reading Festival Lockerhouse lock-up that comes with mobile phone charging facilities!
Reading festival grounds has 3 supermarkets that sell everything from snacks & drinks to fresh bread, meats, sausages & even deli items. One is situated in the Yellow campsite near Arena Entrance 2, another small one is located in the White campsite, and a third is at the Brown campsite entrance (when coming from the Purple campsite).
Reading Music Festival has a 24-hour Welfare Tent that offers medical services, has access to a small pharmacy (with condoms), and provides a place to go in case of an emergency, or if you need someone to talk to.
Datesstart Fri, 25 August 2017
end Sun, 27 August 2017
Reading & Leeds Festival Overlap
Reading and Leeds Festival dates run simultaneously during 3 days over the Bank Holiday weekend, and the headline acts are the same just that they’re presented on different days.
Reading Camping Dates
Extra camping days! Festival-goers can access the campsites on Thursday prior to the official festival start date. And, you can camp Sunday night, just as long as you’re all packed and out of the campgrounds on Monday by midday.
Season & Weather
Temperature: 12 to 22 °C
Although summer weather in Reading is considered moderate, it’s unpredictable in terms of…mmm…rain. Over the years, Reading Festival has made headlines not only for the line-up of stars on its stages, but for its “washout weather”, “torrential rain”, “soggy starts” and “Rain at Reading” attached to images of drenched fans frolicking in the mud. Ergo, we suggest preparing for wetness with good ground cover & tarps if camping, some colourful rain attire for your head & body, your comfiest bright pink Wellies (rubber boots), a pair of clothes you won’t mind leaving in a bin, and a good sense of humour.