Whats so great about Reading Festival?

Rock, wellies, rain, dance, party, drink…it can only mean one thing, the Reading Festival. The city of Reading, on the outskirts of London is perhaps most famous for its annual festival than anything else. It’s the time when revellers from across the country and abroad make their yearly pilgrimage to the farmlands, pitch their tents, put on their festival wares and celebrate some of the world’s best bands.

 

Facilities at the Festival

This festival is like no other, before the party begins organisers work weeks in advance trying to set up the perfect festival village for the convenience of the party goers. With a number of great services offered such as banks, ATMs, Red Cross, lockers, bars, cafes, food stalls…everything has been thought of and the dedicated Reading Festival team are at your disposal.

When does it take place?

Taking place on the three day August bank holiday weekend, it’s only just finished and festival goers have just recovered yet the much coveted tickets for 2014 have already gone on sale. Buy a day ticket or a three day ticket that includes the use of the camping ground where you can pitch your tent in a sea of thousands of others and you’ll be guaranteed the most awesome festival atmosphere ever.

History

Surprisingly the Reading Festival has had a long history as far as festivals go and could be aptly described as a modern day Woodstock. It all began with the National Jazz Festival in London in 1961 and it moved to Reading, where it became its permanent home in 1971. If you’re a fan of Indie, Rock, metal, alternative music or just the free-spirited atmosphere of festivals then you should pencil in the Reading Festival into the August Bank holiday weekend and consider buying your tickets for next year now in order to avoid the disappointment of tickets selling out. It attracts big named bands from all over the world and 2013 was no exception with the line-up including Green Day, System of a Down, Deftones, Fall Out Boy, the Lumineers, Nine Inch Nails and even American rapping legend, Eminem.

 

Whats it all about

Makeshift stages are set up across the sprawling green paddocks and you and your friends can hop from tent to tent and watch some of your favourite bands in action. Up-and-coming bands marked as ‘hot’ are also regular features at the Reading Festival and you could be one of the first to see them perform live in front of thousands before they hit the big time.

It’s the ultimate party weekend and festival organisers have thought of everything imaginable. The rocking festival is not all about music, visit different tents to see stand-up comedians throw out their one-liners or head to the acrobatics tent where you can see flexible artists showcasing their circus skills.

Not just Music

Foodies will absolutely love what is on offer at the Reading Festival, with not only your traditional festival fare of hamburgers and hotdogs being offered, you can also get the opportunity to try exquisite tasting food from the plethora of makeshift stalls offering anything from Caribbean cuisine through to spicy Thai. So if you’re a lover of rock, want a party, don’t mind getting a little dirty and have no problem camping out for a night or two, then the Reading Festival is for you. If you can’t make it there, perhaps head north to Leeds where her sister Festival is held on the same weekend.

So if you are looking for something to do outside of London and you love music then this festival should be high on your list of priorities! Just make sure you have a few days off after as its pretty intense there and chances are you wont be getting much sleep while you are there!