The Reading Festival has changed forms several times over the years, but has recently become known as one of the UK’s finest music festivals. Designed by music fans, the festival has hosted such acts as The Who, Black Sabbath, Kings of Leon and Metallica. After almost coming to an end in 1998, the Reading Festival has become a mix of indie, rock punk and dance.
Not really appropriate for children, the Reading Festival is held each year along Richfield Avenue in Reading and Bramham Park in Leeds. Festival goers can get to the area by car, but are encouraged to share lifts with other patrons. Participants can also get to the festival by authorized coach which will drop and pick up festival goers at prearranged sites. In addition, numerous trains run into the Reading station from throughout the countryside. If you prefer to bring your own campervan, that will cost an additional £20 in advance as well as another £30 at the gate.
Tickets to the Reading Festival are available online from a variety of sources. Weekend passes cost £180 plus booking fees and also include the cost of camping. These tickets allow access to the site beginning on Thursday. Day passes are also available that will only allow access on a particular day and do not include camping.
If you plan on staying nearby while attending the Reading Festival, camping is by far the best way to do so. While there are no family areas, there are some quiet, white zone campsites.
These are located over the Thames to the north of the river. However, if you plan on using this site, be sure to use the pedestrian bridge that crosses the river from the main site. Walking along the road will result in a four mile hike if you take this route. If quiet isn’t your thing and you’d rather be where the party is, then there are sites for you too located in the brown zone. The festival organizers have also teamed up with the Green Tent Company in an effort to make camping at the event a little more environmentally friendly. The Green Tent Company offers a stylish, sensibly priced tent which is made up of one product and uses a new peg system. The idea behind this tent is to make it more environmentally friendlier since there are no separate parts to be left behind which usually end up in a landfill. There is more information about buying a green tent on the official festival website.
Food and alcohol are both sold throughout the festival property. The food will vary from burgers to noodles and about anything in between. Prices are modest and there are ATMs located throughout the grounds in case you find yourself running short on cash. There will also be a grocery store on site as well.
If you plan on attending the festival be sure to bring clothes for varying weather conditions as well as a poncho or something waterproof in case of rain. Be sure to also have on hand a mobile phone (there are areas where you can recharge the battery), any medication, ID, toiletries and your camera to document the event. However, you can’t bring with you any pets, alcohol, aerosols, glass bottles, illegal substances, audio recorders, fireworks, or disposable barbeques.