Reading Festival has always been a hedonistic rite of passage for anyone who’s grown up obsessed by the primal roar of guitar music, and its headliners over the decades have been a who’s-who of heavy rock, from Metallica to Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers to Green Day. But these days it’s also a place to enjoy upbeat alternative music of any genre – Reading’s history is flowing with legendary hip-hop from Eminem and Beastie Boys, Britpop bangers from Oasis and Blur, and the footstomping folk-rock of Mumford and Sons. It’s a festival with a simple aim, then: to revel in the shared thrill of live music.
Find cheap train tickets to Reading Festival and you’ll be taking advantage of one of the most accessible festivals out there. On the South Western Railway line direct from London Waterloo, Reading train station is a 15 minute walk from the festival site, but there are regular shuttle buses if you don’t fancy lugging your tent. Taxis are also available from the station.
What to expect
Reading Festival prides itself on being an exciting, crowd-pleasing weekend and this year is a veritable greatest hits of all that’s been good about the festival over the past few years.
But it’s not just about the headliners (this year: Post Malone, the Foo Fighters and Twenty One Pilots amongst others). Across the site there’s plenty for dance music, grime and metal fans to enjoy, with dedicated stages away from the main arena catering for almost every possible musical taste. And with a full comedy programme from some of the biggest names on the circuit, including Josh Widdicombe, Bridget Christie and Shappi Khorsandi, this year’s Reading genuinely has something for everyone. One thing’s for sure, though – it certainly won’t be quiet…