Reading Festival

  • Date: August 27, 2021
  • Time:14:00
  • Location: Reading, UK
  • Venue: Reading FestivalLittle John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue
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Reading Festival 2021 starts Friday 27th August and ends on Sunday 29th August alongside Leeds Festival

Every year Reading Festival runs simultaneously with Leed Festival across the Friday, Saturday and bank Holiday Sunday of August. Reading has historically been held on Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in Reading central.

The annual attendance is between 90,000 and 105,000.

This year the festival takes place from 27th to 29th August with Liam Gallagher tipped as headliner. Weekend and day tickets are on sale now and expected to sell out in advance. The Festival brings fans artists from hip hop, dance, alternative, indie, punk and metal.

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Reading Festival is a monster draw for young people leaving school and wanting to have a last blow out before heading to college or uni but it also holds a longstanding local fanbase of people who go every year. Last year’s headliners included Foo Fighters, Post Malone and Twenty-One Pilots. Past iconic performances include Nirvana’s 1992 slot, Smashing Pumpkins 2007 show and The Prodigy’s 2009 show.

Stages and Attractions:

BBC Music Introducing

BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage

BBC Radio 1 Signing Tent

BBC Radio 1 Stage

BBC Radio 1xtra Stage

Festival Republic Stage

Main Stage

The Pit/ Lock Up

They also have a fun fare full of rides, a Pepsi Max four story play house where yo

u can make gifs for Instagram and head up to the top balcony to drink at the bar while you look out over the entire festival. Last year, Carlsberg ran a bar where you could have your photo taken and they’d laser the photo into the froth of your pint. Pretty mind-blowing and it was a free service – as long as you paid the normal price of a pint!


The festival began as Reading Rock Festival in 1971 inspired by Woodstock, Isle of Wight and the amassing hippy culture whilst Leeds joined on in 1999.

Reading Festival is actually one of the world’s oldest popular music festival in existence. Most of the UK’s biggest artists have played including Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, The Kinks, Fleetwood Mac, Radiohead and The Cure. Iconic American acts like Iggy Pop, Eminem, Guns n’ Roses, Green Day, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers have also headlined.