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It’s the end of summer, the sunshine is still going strong, and you have one last bank holiday weekend to last you through to the festive period. You’ve got to make the most of these moments. There is no better way to spend your August bank holiday weekend than rocking out with world famous bands, rappers, and artists at Reading Festival! Always with an incredible line-up packed full of your favourite acts, Reading is the perfect finale to any brilliant summer with friends.

Getting to Reading Festival

Reading is situated right in the centre of the UK, which makes it easily accessible by train from all over the country. This makes your festival weekend that little bit easier – simply hop on a CrossCountry route and spend the journey listening to all your favourite artists in preparation!

  • If you’re coming from the South West, Reading is directly accessible from Bournemouth, Southampton, and their surrounding areas
  • With plenty of routes running through the midlands to Reading, you have a whole host of options. If you’re local, hop on a direct route from stations, like Coventry, Birmingham, Stafford, or Stoke-On-Trent. If you’re less local, these stations service countless national routes, so you can easily change for a smooth onward journey
  • If you’re coming from the North, or even Scotland, CrossCountry runs direct services from York, Newcastle, Edinburgh, and more
  • If you’re really dedicated to seeing one act at both Reading festival and Leeds festival, there are direct trains making it easy to travel between the two cities

About Reading Festival

Reading Festival began way back in 1961 as the National Jazz and Blues Festival. It has since come a long way to becoming one of the biggest rock festivals in the world. Reading Festival stages world-famous acts each year – ranging from Nirvana and Metallica to Kendrick Lamar and Tyler the Creator. In 2019, Reading hit the record-breaking capacity of 105,000 people. It’s that massive capacity and the calibre of artists on stage that has secured Reading the position as a favourite annual pilgrimage for rock fans everywhere.

It might seem like Reading and Leeds have always been siblings, but Leeds Festival only began in 1999 when the organisers of Reading Festival added a second date. Thanks to the addition of Leeds, which stages the same artists but on different days of the bank holiday weekend, many more music fans around the UK can let loose and enjoy fantastic music, great food, and have fun with their friends to mark the end of the British summer.

A crowd at a rock festival with the stage in the background

Things to Do at Reading Festival

Now obviously there is plenty of great music acts to catch on the various stages and tents at Reading Festival, but there is a lot more fun to keep you busy all weekend!

  • Cry with laughter watching favourite comedians, like Katherine Ryan and Bill Bailey
  • Catch a movie in the cinema tent
  • Tuck into delicious food from the many food trucks located around the site
  • Dance like nobody’s watching at Reading festivals silent disco
  • Pick up some one-of-a-kind vintage buys at the markets and stalls

Three young women at a music festival in bright coloured clothing


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