Originally a jazz and blues event back in the 1960s, Reading has since left both genres in the past and is now widely regarded as one of the most essential rock festivals of the UK season. The August Bank Holiday weekender rotates its line-up with Leeds Festival, so those up north don’t miss the action either.
With the event fully focused on the music organisers regularly pull out all the stops to deliver a monster line-up that mixes the world’s biggest names alongside plenty of emerging talent.
Rage Against The Machine, The Killers and Metallica were all booked on English festival exclusives in 2008, so expect more coups for Reading 2009 as a healthy fill of top indie, punk, ska, hip hop, dance and comedy on the five smaller stages.
The campsite has a legendary reputation for hard drinking and partying after the main arena closes, though others may wish to stay in the luxury of a pod pad, which are available to rent over the weekend. Visit www.podpads.com