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The famous rite of passage for festival first-timers
Reading Festival is undoubtedly one of the UK's most popular and prestigious music festivals.
A festival that has welcomed some of the most iconic and important names in contemporary rock throughout the years, Reading Festival now embraces a whole range of genres - such as dance, grime, pop and hip-hop - while still remaining inherently focused on rock's current superstars.
Immensely popular with a younger demographic nowadays, Reading and its northern sibling Leeds are now a widely considered rite of passage for festival first-timers, while many older festival-goers will no doubt have many stories from fabled times at either festival.
And when it comes to the music, Reading's list of past headliners reads like a hall of fame: Nirvana, Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Björk, Eminem, Kendrick Lamar and Fleetwood Mac have all graced its main stage.
And beyond the music, Reading Festival also showcases an expanded lineup of comedy as well as film screenings, giving festival-goers the ideal excuse to take a break when you're not getting stuck into the mosh pits.
The lineup for 2023 will be revealed nearer to the festival.
Little John's Farm sits just outside Reading town centre on the banks of the River Thames.
Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1, Reino Unido
Heathrow is the closest airport, with direct buses running every 20 minutes. The X25 service takes just over 50 minutes and will leave you just to the south-east of the festival site.
If you’re coming from central London, direct trains run to Reading from London Paddington every 10 minutes. It’s a half-hour journey.
Shuttle buses will be available between both Reading train station and the town centre to the festival site.
For those driving, there will be clear signposts to the various car parks or drop-off points as you approach the festival site. Parking tickets cost £10 in advance, and £20 on the gate.
No, but anyone 15 or under must be accompanied by an adult. Under 13s get in free but, again, must be accompanied by an adult.
There are several bars in the arena, operating on a cash-only basis.
Only food for personal consumption and water/soft drinks in sealed bottles 500ml and under may be brought into the arena.
There are a number of cash points dotted throughout the arena. Please check the festival maps onsite for their location. They charge a small fee for services.
Yes, there will be lockers available to hire. Lockers need to be purchased in advance.
All lockers have USB ports for phone charging, but have only one charging device per locker. Please remember to bring your own USB cable.