Reading is rivalled only by Glastonbury in its history and cultural importance. With its roots stretching back to the '60s, tens of thousands of rock fans make the annual pilgrimage to the banks of the Thames over the August bank holiday weekend. Reading still has its own unique resonance despite being twinned with Leeds Festival under the umbrella of the Carling Weekend.
Although in recent years the event has become more diverse in its music policy, it's still predominantly rock orientated and consistently attracts the biggest international names, including Green Day, Foo Fighters, Muse and Pearl Jam in recent years.
The site has one main, open air stage where the biggest acts play and three tented arenas that cater for everthing from indie rock to hip hop and dance to punk and ska.