Richfield Avenue, Reading
Until Sun Aug 24
Time Out says
Posted: Fri Feb 7 2014
Arctic Monkeys, Boys Noize, Bondax, Giggs, Andy C, Joey Bada$$, Paramore, Queens Of The Stone Age, Blink-182, Warpaint, The 1975, Jake Bugg, Disclosure, Metronomy, You Me At Six, SBTRKT, Royal Blood, Lizzo + more.
This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday, remains one of the most popular and music-focused rock festivals in the country. Lacking any of the more cutesy elements of modern fests (gourmet cuisine, immersive theatre experiences etc), rawk is always the order of the day – though the festival's dance tents have blossomed in recent years. Reading 2014 packs an enormous line-up – including headline slots by British greats Arctic Monkeys and US rock overlords Blink-182, Paramore and Queens Of The Stone Age – and should be just as raucous as usual despite efforts by the promoters to crack down in recent years on last-night hi-jinks like cage fighting, throwing aerosols on bonfires and banging on oil drums with sticks until 4am.