Music lovers take note: from 28 to 30 August the Reading Festival will be hosting more than 100 acts across eight stages, including bands Mumford and Sons, Bastille, Metallica and The Libertines on the main stage. Here's a guide to everything you need to know about one of the top music events of the British summer, as well as where you can find an affordable hotel room and how to make the most of your festival weekend.
Who's playing at the Reading Festival?
Blink-182. Credit: Jen O’Neill / © 2014 Festival Republic
Described as a ‘cross-culture feast of rock, pop, progressive rock, pop-punk, metal, R&B, hip-hop, electronica and dance music’, the Reading Festival attracts the top names on the British music scene. It also showcases up-and-coming talent and indie, mainstream and underground acts.
The thrilling 2015 line-up, who are supporting the headlining acts already mentioned, includes Royal Blood, Run the Jewels, deadmau5, Jamie T, Manchester Orchestra, Refused, Pierce the Veil, Wilkinson and Rebel Sound.
Away from the main stages, the festival has plenty of alternative entertainment, including comedy from TV star Milton Jones, a performance by George the Poet, DJ sets to dance to by Transgressive Records and anthem-filled parties by Propaganda and Buttoned Down Disco, two of the UK's biggest rock clubs.
Late additions to the bill include wordsmith Bugzy Malone, American rapper Vince Staples, and Lady Leshurr, described by Time Out as "unquestionably the finest female MC in the country".
The Wonder Years. Credit: Alex de Mora / © 2014 Festival Republic
Where is the Reading Festival?
Now in its 45th year, the Reading Festival is held on the August Bank Holiday weekend at Little John's Farm in central Reading. The site can accommodate up to 87,000 festival-goers.
Music fans will already know that this is the world's oldest popular music festival still in existence and, along with the Glastonbury Festival, is one the main summer events in the UK.
Credit: Marc Sethi / © 2014 Festival Republic
Where to stay for the Reading Festival
Although many Reading Festival attendees choose to camp out over the weekend, spoil yourself with a stay in a hotel while enjoying this top music experience. The Millennium Madejski Hotel compares favourably with the cost of buying a weekend camping ticket and campervan pass and the hotel is a mere 15 minutes away by taxi.
Top planning tips
- Get tickets asap.
- Book your hotel room
- Pack for all weather conditions, including a raincoat, suncream and a hat.
- Bring a sleeping bag or a blanket if you are not staying at the Millennium hotel.
- A torch, insect repellant and a bottle opener may be useful.
- You’ll need these to feel refreshed: tissues, a towel and wet wipes.
- Don’t forget your camera.
Tickets to this top music festival sell out fast, so you need to book online as soon as possible. Day tickets start at £66.50 (US$104), but this does not include overnight camping. In addition, you may want to buy a car pass for £10 (US$16) or an early entry pass for £20 (US$31). Security lockers are well worth the £16 (US$25) fee.
Campers need to book an all-inclusive weekend camping ticket for £213 (US$333), while a pass for campervans is an additional £75 (US$117).
You're sure to have an unforgettable time.
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