Reading Festival

Reading Festival

Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading
22nd August 2014

Festival Information
Starting out in 1971 Reading festival is the biggest twin rock music event to date. Held at two different destinations on the same August bank holiday weekend, the Reading music event never fails to provide fans with a range of music spread across six stages. If you’re into rock, metal, indie, emo, alternative and punk, then this festival is the one for you and trust us when we say, you won’t want to miss this one. Bands and acts that are on the line-up will swap places between the Reading festival sites throughout the weekend so take a look at the different line-ups on the websites to prevent confusion.

Created in 1961, Reading festival wasn’t always about rock music; it started off as a jazz music event but moved around a lot and ended up changing its name until it settled for Reading festival. There was such a high demand for the festival by 1999 that it was decided to open another area in Leeds which now plays home to Leeds festival every year. With bands ranging from Whitesnake, Linkin Park, Pearl Jam, The Stranglers, Kings of Leon, Metallica and Muse just to name a few, Reading and Leeds festival is a sure favourite for rock fans not just all over the UK, but the world.

The Reading festival witnessed an unfortunate decade in the 1980’s. The Conservatives moved into the council and had Reading festival banned for ’84 and ’85. This was devastating for the event, who already had a line-up consisting of the all time favourite Marillion. Promoters of Reading tried to save the upcoming festival, even trying to get it moved to Lilford Hall, Northamptonshire which was ultimately unsuccessful.

In 1986 Reading festival was once again back where it belonged as Labour returned to the Council. The promoters had three months to get a festival and a line-up organised, and they did it. The ’87 event was known as the end of the timeless rock age and had the biggest turnout to date. Headliners for Reading festival included Alice Cooper, Status Quo and The Mission just to name a few.

From this point Reading took a turn and the backend of the ‘80’s saw a pop approach which lost considerable attendees in comparison to previous years. The main stage saw acts such as Meat Loaf, Starship, Bonnie Tyler and Squeeze take to the stage. Temporarily, Reading festival touched on the Goth and Indie scene before expanding their music policy which gave a wide berth for a bigger audience.

The 1990’s Reading festival saw the unforgettable and timeless Nirvana play, witnessed an onstage dispute between The Beastie Boys and The Prodigy and opened its sister festival in Leeds. In the year of 1991, the infamous Nirvana played a set at Reading. Their second show, in 1992, was to be the bands last and probably most recognised UK show of all time. The number of attendances in the ‘90’s increased dramatically, cementing the Reading festival future.

Moving into the Millennium Reading festival found that it was gaining more and more popularity, especially with the addition of Leeds venue. Tickets began to sell out quicker than ever each year, leading up to 2010 which sold out within minutes of going on sale. Although the security at both sites have tightened in the past years, Leeds fest was overwhelmed with fights and was close to losing its license but managed to salvage it and obtained extra security, which saw the trouble decrease quickly. While more indie acts play on the Friday and Saturday, Sunday is kept back for metal music and harder rock for the Reading festival.

As of 2012, the organiser of Reading festival wanted to create a way to provide weekend ticket holders with a free burger and beer, or soft drink, every day of the festival. Not sure how to do this and having to try and find a sponsor, Melvin Benn, the organiser, said he would pay for this himself. He felt as though weekend ticket holders deserved a free burger and drink as a payment for purchasing the ticket within the harsh economic climate. It works by giving the ticket holders three vouchers, which will be sent out with the passes, and one can be used for each day of the event (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Although a free burger was the original idea, it has since changed to a free breakfast bap which can be claimed between 7am and 12pm (noon). The free breakfast bap can be obtained from any ‘Food for Campers’ traders around the site. Not bad eh? For all you hungover and gnarly weekend festival goers, this is the perfect set up.

Reading Festival: Stages

Rock music is the soul of Reading festival, there is, however, a whole host of different music from emo to alternative, metal to punk, you will find something to fit your requirements over the six packed stages. Having created new stages for different genres, this allows for more diversity and choice in order to satisfy such a high demanding audience. Bearing this in mind, you can rock out to the headliners featured on the Main Stage or unwind to the comedy found on the Alternative Stage. Whatever you fancy, Reading festival will have it for you.

Main Stage – The main stage is the heart of both Reading festivals, featuring some of the biggest headliners any festival has ever seen. With big screens, whether you’re at the front of the stage or are at the back of the crowd, you can still watch your favourite band for real. Acts this year include Queens of the Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Papa Roach, Enter Shikari, Jimmy Eat World, You Me At Six and Deaf Havana just to mention a few!

NME / Radio 1 Stage – For up and coming bands in the music industry, this stage provides fans with music to dance your socks off to. Including acts such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Disclosure, SBTRKT, Royal Blood and many more.

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage - To get your dance music fix at this years festival, this stage is the one to keep retuning to night after night. You can expect live performances from the likes of Flume, Gorgon City, Breach, Bondax, Wilkinson, Pendulum and many many more.

Lock Up Stage / The Pit – With a mixture of new and old bands, the lock up stage has plenty to offer from Of Mice And Men, Letlive, Marmozets, Touche Amore, A Wilhelm Scream and so much more. You can be sure this stage will supply you with all the music you could possibly dream of.

Festival Republic Stage – Featuring bands that have just started and becoming popularity, this stage is the place to catch Palma Violets, Band Of Skulls, We Are Scientists, Wolf Alice, Saint Raymond and Hudson Taylor in action.

BBC Radio 1Xtra Stage - This stage is where you can catch some of the best R&B, Hip Hop and Rap artists around at the moment, providing you the freshest sounds. MistaJam, Elli Ingram, Joey Bada$$, Raleigh Ritchie, Pusha T, Krept & Konan and many more new and exciting acts can be seen performing here.

Reading Festival: Other Entertainment

In addition to rock music at Reading festival covering a number of stages, there is a lot more to the event than you imagined. If you fancy a change of scenery over the weekend, entertainment such as the silent disco or the cinema tent can supply you with hours of amusement during the chaotic days ahead. For people who like a thrill, the funfair, situated in the red camping area, could be the place for you.

There are also a number of late night bars for you party animals, but you will be asked for ID, if you don’t have an over 18s wristband, so make sure you take it with you otherwise you won’t get served. Bearing all of this information in mind, the Leeds location includes 5-a-side football and a chance for you to become a DJ, so you can rest assured that there will be enough entertainment provided at Reading festival for this once in a lifetime weekend full of music, fun and lifelong memories

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Festival Information

Ticket Prices

It’s true that Reading festival tickets are like pieces of gold, so make sure when they go on sale you are one of the first people in the online queue. There are several websites that you can visit and buy tickets from. It is possible for you to purchase up to four tickets per each person.

Of course, the fees will vary depending on what site you buy your Reading festival tickets from. You can get either weekend tickets including camping or day tickets online from legit ticket websites such as See Tickets. Weekend tickets cost £205 plus booking and delivery fees. Day tickets cost £92.50 plus booking and delivery fees. On arrival you will need to change your golden ticket to a wristband at the exchange point. You will need to wear it at all times as it is your pass for the whole weekend and you can expect security to see it before entering the main arena. It is essential you do not remove the wristband or interfere with it in any way. It should remain firmly in place but if you have any troubles with it return to the exchange point and a steward will be more than happy to assist you.

Reading Festival Tickets: Where To Buy

You will have to be extremely quick though as these Reading festival tickets sell out like hot cakes. You can be sure that a lot of sites crash during the process because of all the traffic flooding in. The best, and probably cheapest way of buying a festival ticket, is to get a weekend ticket with camping and travel package from See tickets. Below is a list of ten AUTHORISED sites to purchase Reading festival tickets.
  • Gigantic
  • HMV
  • Lastminute
  • National Express
  • NME
  • See Tickets
  • Stargreen
  • Ticketline
  • Ticketmaster
  • Ticket Queen
There is an opportunity to buy Reading festival tickets in person from selected stores, but more information will be added when available. Please be careful when you are searching for passes for Reading, there are many sites out there that will take advantage of people keen to get their hands on a ticket, so don’t become a victim of ticket fraud and only buy from the sites above.

Reading festival cannot take any responsibility for you entering unauthorised sites. Tickets are usually sent between 7 and 10 working days before the festival is due to open. If you don’t receive your Reading festival tickets in this time span, it is worth contacting the company you bought your ticket from.

Reading Festival Tickets: Car Parking

Car park passes can be acquired online through a legitimate ticket website or purchased at the gate on arrival. Festival goers who are driving and have purchased a car park ticket will receive a sticker to place on the windscreen. This will allow you access to the car parks.

Reading Festival Tickets: Opening Times

The Reading festival site will open from 6pm on Wednesday 20th August for fans who have already bought early bird weekend Reading festival tickets. If you are one of these lucky people, you can experience the quieter side to Reading as well as the less hectic part. Grab a decent pitch and remain there for the entirety of the weekend.

For general weekend Reading festival tickets holders, Thursday 21st August is when you should arrive to the site. The gates will be open to you from 8am that morning but do be aware of the queues, make sure you get to the festival at a reasonable time to ensure you get a head start in the line.

The Arena will open at 11am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday so make sure you’re not too hungover and alive enough to watch the greatest acts perform their biggest hits. For those of you with a day ticket, the arena will be open from 11am but you must leave the festival that night otherwise you could face being ejected from the festival.

Reading Festival Tickets: Camping

As you have probably guessed, you will have to spend your time in a tent and only a sleeping bag to keep you warm. But in this day in age, there are other ways of camping out, whether it’s in style or for the comfort factor. Reading festival is proud to offer you the luxury of Pink Moon camping or a Podpad at an extra cost that you will find below.

These will offer you dry nights, comfortable bedding for your achy bones and storage for your valuable items. Also you are allowed to bring your own caravan or campervan if you like the relaxation of a mobile home. With more options available to you than ever before, make sure you get the sleep you deserve even in the mayhem of a festival. For more information take a look at the options below:
  • Pink Moon – Escape to the luxury of the Pink Moon campsite this year, a world away from the generic campsites available at Reading. With several different ready-made accommodation types to choose from including Yurts, Gypsy Caravans and Tipis, you can camp in style. Facilities in this site include toilets and hot showers as well as a pamper area for you to visit and leave feeling human again! You will also find food, so you don’t need to leave the campsite in search of breakfast first thing in the morning.

  • Podpad - Just like a mini home, Podpads are what you need for the ultimate camping experience. In a village area close to the festival, you can be sure the zone will be patrolled by security and full with facilities. Without the aggravation of having to put up a tent and having to carry all of the equipment to and from the festival site, the Podpads will already be there waiting for you to turn up. These hobbit type homes come fully furbished with fitted carpet, a mirror, shelving for your personal items and a lock for extra security and added peace of mind. You can choose between single, double or twin beds to provide you with comfort you wouldn’t get from a basic tent. For ventilation and natural light, the Podpads include three tinted windows which stop people from looking into your private quarters. Extremely waterproof, your little home will fight most weather conditions it is faced with. If you want a peaceful night sleep, they are reasonably soundproof, so for an experience you might not get again, the Podpad is the crib for you throughout this weekend.

  • Campervans and Caravans – There are two sites for campervan and caravan users; public campervan area in the white campsite and a disabled campervan area in the red campsite. Tickets for both areas cost £60 but please note that before purchasing you need to buy a weekend festival ticket!

Campsite Information

Acting as your home throughout the course of this weekend, Reading festival camping areas are colour co-ordinated in order to help you remember where you are staying, especially if you’re trying to find it in the dark. You will be placed in one of the seven colour coordinated campsites. As well as campsites for tents, Reading has a site for campervans and caravans, so you can inject some comfort into your weekend!

All of the Reading festival camping zones come with the typical facilities you will find at a festival, including toilets for males and females, water points, food and help zones. There are even luxury camping sites / accommodation options available, including Pink Moon and PodPads! A little bit pricey but well worth the money when you realise you’ll be spending your festival in the comfort of a mini home, rather than a cold tent.
Situated right next to the main arena, these Reading festival camping sites are in prime position for your festival needs and excitement. With enough space to accommodate everyone, there’s no need to get het up over getting to the festival at ridiculous hours in the morning.

Reading Festival Camping: Areas & Locations

Main Arena - The dream area at Reading festival; the Main Arena. Built up of the main stage, merchandise stalls, cash machines and so much more, you’ll be like a kid in a candy store, and it’s just a stroll away from the Reading festival camping area.

With four more of the best stages on earth, the main arena really does pack a load. Where the biggest bands and names in music perform, this area couldn’t be better. With music spread across six stages, you can join in with everyone else and enjoy the late night party.

You can take your festivities into the Reading festival camping area but shush, some people might be sleeping. For those of you who are 18 and over, the bars could be your answer to the perfect festival weekend. Don’t forget to bring your ID with you though as if you are unfortunate, or fortunate, enough to look under 21 you will be asked to flash your identification at the bar staff as proof of your age.

Reading Festival Camping: Facilities

Reading festival have made sure that they cover every angle when it comes to facilities to make you feel at home when at the Reading festival camping site. Every campsite includes water points, toilets, food, recycling and a campsite office. If you want to get clean just take a trip to the showers to get fresh and wash all the mud away.

You won’t ever have to worry about not having fresh drinking water or even enough toilets to do your business in. There are many sites which you can visit also so you won’t have to walk far from your Reading festival camping area before you find toilets, or anything else for that matter.

  • Toilets - Though they were once rated the worst festival toilets, Reading has since cleaned up its act and have improved the condition of their once nightmare loos. There are various different loos to choose from once on site, from the long drop through to the urinals. Whichever you use, don’t expect miracles just be grateful for somewhere to go and be glad once it’s over. The toilets can get generally messy, smelly and unpleasant leading up to the end of the weekend, but hey, thousands of people were bursting to do their business, you’re all in the same boat right? So the best advice is to suck it up, hold your nose and go for it, it’s only for a weekend.

  • Seat of Luxury – Popping in a few festivals this year, the Seat of Luxury is exactly that. You will feel like royalty the moment you step into the world of hygienic loos. Fit for both Kings and Queens of the festival kingdom, these toilets will set you back £30 (excluding booking fees) but we can assure you they will be worth every penny. Once your ticket has been purchased online, you’ll receive your luxury loo wristband in the post and you can return as many times as you like during your time at the festival!

  • Showers - So their toilets didn’t get the best ratings, but there are loads of showers based around the festival arena, campsites and you can even use the Rivermead Centre’s showers. Open from 8am to 3pm on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday for festival-goers, a small fee is needed for you to be able to use them. In the conditions you will be staying in, a hot shower will be much appreciated at any cost!

  • Water - Water is available throughout the campsites and the main arena. These have already been tested to assure you of the drinking purposes. If you happen to have a plastic water bottle on hand, it would be efficient for you to keep re-filling it every time you run out, instead of you have to splash out on something as vital as water!

  • ATM Machines - It is sensible for you to keep your card somewhere safe and withdraw money that you need and hide the money in different amounts so that if you happen to lose, misplace or have cash stolen, you always have security. The ATM machines can be found in the Market as well as in the main arena. There is a £2 fee for each transaction taken, but on the plus side they are available to use 24 hours a day.

  • Food - For people that are forever complaining about food, their stalls offer a wide selection unseen anywhere else. From your classic burger to noodles, Reading festival certainly has more than you bargained for. If you only eat organic then that’s what you can expect at Reading, providing you with the highest quality foods around. Food stalls are placed in the main arena in addition to a few of the campsites and other areas onsite (take a look at site map). Prices will vary depending on which stalls you visit.

  • Bars - Fancy a chilled beer in the heat of the sun and sweltering from a long day rocking out? Just go in search for one of the bars scattered around the site. Unfortunately you cannot use cards in any of the bars onsite and you will have to pay by cash only. Enjoy a refreshing alcoholic beverage or go for a soft drink, whichever you want Reading festival bars will have it for you.

  • Lockers - This year, lockers will once again be made available to use. For that extra peace of mind, these lockers are just what you’re after. Keep your mobile phone safe or hide your credit card away, whatever you need one for just make sure you book yours online before it’s too late. As if this wasn’t enough, each locker comes with services for you to charge your phone and bring it back to life by using a 12V car charger.

Festival Line Up

The biggest rock festival in the UK, the Reading festival line up provides you with more than just great music. With a range of comedy acts, a funfair and numerous bars, the site at Reading will keep you entertained this year. Whether you’re off to the main stage for some daytime rock ‘n’ roll or you fancy a laugh with your friends, just visit the main arena. With loads of things to be doing at this year’s Reading festival, there’s no need for boredom and counting down the days until you can escape.

Having seen some of the best bands of all time perform such as Iron Maiden, Kings of Leon and Metallica to name but a few, you can expect the Reading festival line up in 2014 to be colossal. With gathered information available to read through down below about who will be playing and what shows or attractions you can look forward to, you can depict a picture about how Reading will be.

Reading Festival Line Up: Who’s On

As one of the best and long-standing rock festivals held in the UK, the Reading festival line up never fails to impress its huge following of fans. With rock acts you never dreamed you would see in the flesh during your lifetime and bands you’ve never heard of before, Reading festival will open your mind to a whole new world of music.

Focusing mainly on rock and staying true to its roots, the Sunday is especially dedicated to rock, with Friday and Saturday more mainstream. Pulling in bands of all descriptions for the six live stages, the Reading festival line up will have genres of music that you never thought you would like, until this moment. From the Main Stage through to The Alternative Stage, you will come across something to fulfil your entertainment needs.

With laugh out loud comedy to the heaviest rock bands in the industry, Reading is all about having fun and watching your favourite acts. Having had Blink 182, Kings of Leon and Linkin Park play on the Main Stage, 2014 is set to be an explosive year for headliners, so watch this space and keep checking back from time to time to check the Reading festival line up as it develops.

Reading Festival Line Up: Artists

Queens Of The Stone Age, Paramore, Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Blink 182, You Me At Six, Papa Roach, Pulled Apart By Horses, Jimmy Eat World, Enter Shikari, A Day To Remember, Don Broco, Bombay Bicycle Club, Gerard Way, Royal Blood, Mallory Knox, AlunaGeorge, Bondax, Ben Pearce, Gorgon City, Sigma, Of Mice & Men, A Wilhelm Scream, The Skints, We Are Scientists, Darlia, Wolf Alice and so much more! This is just a scratch on the surface of what is to expect at Reading this year.

Reading Festival Line Up: What Else Is On?

After all the acts have departed the stage and you don’t want to go back to your tent to sleep, the Reading festival line up has an array of entertainment and attractions to try out. From the cinema to the Alternative Tent, there will be something to keep you happy. With both the Reading sites holding similar entertainment and shows, they also have different attractions.

If you’re at Reading this year you can look forward to the Cinema and many other activities. With plenty of attractions and shows to keep you entertained and give you a break from the loud music, Reading festival line up knows how to put on a fun packed weekend. Here we have compiled a list of shows and attractions for you to check out when you’re onsite.

  • Action Aid Tent – Help rid the world of poverty by joining in with the Action Aid tent entertainment. Where you can play table football and catch the best DJs, the Action Aid tent is the place to drop by and get involved in. Open until 3am each night, you’ll have plenty of time to visit this worthy tent. Helping to abolish poverty and stop people from going hungry around the world, this area in the Reading festival line up is well worth joining in with.

  • Cinema Tent – With films shown from Friday to Sunday you can catch short films or full-length feature films. The Cinema is a fast growing attraction at music events across the UK, well what could be better than being in the midst of live music and catching new film releases?!

  • Silent Disco – Stick a pair of headphones on your head and dance around to a completely different song from your friends. With only a certain number of tracks, you’ll either be rocking out or dancing like your parents at a Wedding. Located in the red campsite, orange campsite and main arena, this is the entertainment to check out after all of the acts have finished their sets on the stages.

  • Fairground – Oh this weekend just gets better and better. First of all you get to see your favourite bands and artists beform LIVE, then you get given a whole bunch of late night entertainment and to top it all off you get a funfair too! Located in the red campsite, this is bound to get your adrenaline pumping all over again. For thrill seekers and adrenaline junkies, this area is where rides beyond your wildest imagine await your arrival.

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