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Reading Festival Reading, UK - 25 August 2017


Getting There

Getting There

nearest bus station:
National Express Reading-Calcot Station.

shuttle bus:
Reading Station & Caversham Road.

special festival bus:
National Express Coach.

nearest airport:
London Heathrow (LHR).

nearest train station:
Reading Railway Station (RDG).

Shuttle Boats from Kings Meadow.

Reading Festival Shuttle Buses

  • Reading Festival shuttles operate from Reading Station.
  • Use the Station Hill entrance to Reading Station (RDG).
  • There’s also a shuttle from the bus stops on Caversham Road.

Reading Festival Shuttle Boats

  • Yes, there are FREE shuttle boats.
  • They run from the Green car park in Kings Meadow (nr. Hills Meadow) to Green Pedestrian Gate.
  • The trip takes just 5 min.

From Heathrow Airport

  • London Heathrow Airport is about 48 km from Reading.
  • The easiest way to get to Reading from Heathrow Airport is via RailAir.
  • RailAir buses go directly to the Reading Station.
  • The trip takes about an hour.

From London Luton Airport

  • London Luton Airport is about 92 km from Reading.
  • A good way to get to Reading is by the Luton Airport Parkway Express.
  • It connects to London Kings Cross Station.
  • Then take the tube to London Paddington Station, and catch a train to Reading.

From London Gatwick Airport

From Stansted Airport

  • Stansted Airport is about 135 km from Reading.
  • To get to Reading take the Stansted Express to London Liverpool Street Station.
  • From there, take the tube to London Paddington Station, then direct to Reading.

Reading Festival via National Express

  • National Express is a Reading Festival official partner for transportation within the UK.
  • Coaches run from pick-up locations throughout the UK.
  • View the National Express UK Reading Festival Pick-up Points Map.
  • The National Express Reading-Calcot Station is the Coach Stop near Pincents Lane.

Reading Festival via BlaBlaCar

Try carpooling using Reading Festival BlaBlaCar ridesharing.



Camping included, VIP options, Payment plan
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Prices in the table are quoted in GBP
3-day pass205Reading Weekend Ticket. Includes 3-day on-site camping. Youths 13+ pay full price.
1-day pass93Reading Festival Day Tickets (Friday, Saturday, Sunday). No Camping.
Adult35Seat of Luxury. Reading Festival VIP Toilets.
Child0Children 0-12 enter free with adult.
Reading Festival Tickets
  • Reading tickets include camping.
  • Caravan permits cost extra.
  • Early entry costs extra.
  • Youths 13+ pay full price.
Full Weekend
Early Entry
  • Yes you can extend the party!
  • Early entry tickets allow access to campsites on Wednesday.
  • Campers must leave by Monday midday.
Day Passes
  • Day Tickets can be purchased for Friday, Saturday or Sunday.
  • Camping is not available for day ticket holders.
Youths & Children
  • Children* 0-12 enter free but must but must be with an adult.
  • Youths 13+ must pay full price and be with an adult.
  • Youths 16+ pay full price and may enter alone.
  • *Festival organizers do not encourage children (under 13) to attend.

Reading Festival tickets are in £s.

Reading Festival

Reading Festival

Reading Festival icon

Reading, UK

Richfield Avenue
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
other events
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 Festival: Rock History Icon

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.

And Leeds is Born

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!

contributor: Festinga
published: 22 August 2015
updated: 11 October 2016
Age: Family, an adult oriented event, but minors may attend if accompanied by a parent or guardian
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General: award-winning, biggest in the world, popular, best in the world
Ambiance: outdoor, rural
Features: djs & sound systems, self-expression, debauchery, partying, self-discovery, live music & shows

In the Beginning...

... 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.

‘70s & ‘80s

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

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.

Festival Republic

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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Beds & Eats


Camping Included

Reading Festival camping is included in the price of weekend tickets.

Camping Areas

Each camping area is designated by a colour. Keep in mind: 

  • White Campsite is the quietest on the other side of the Thames. It’s also where the podpads are set up. White camping parking is close to the campsites, so you won’t have to walk very far.
  • Green Campsite is near the main action. It’s vibrant & fun, but noisy.
  • Red Campsite is also near the heart of things, but noisy.
  • Brown Campsite is the standard camping area.
Campervan Area

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.

Luxury Camping

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
Accessibility: yes
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!

On-site Supermarkets

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).

Welfare Tent

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.



start 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

Season: Summer
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.



Tel: + 44 20 7009 3001


  • Festival Republic: 35 Bow St., Covent Garden, London.
  • Festival Republic Office: Regent Arcade House, 19-25 Argyll St., London.
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