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Reading Festival 2017 guide

Bands, beer and toxic bonfires at one of the greatest UK summer music festivals

By James Manning

First things first: when is Reading Festival 2017?

It takes place from Friday August 25–Sunday August 27 – the August bank holiday weekend – alongside Richfield Avenue in Reading, Berkshire.

Who’s on the Reading Festival line-up?

Muse, Korn, Kasabian and Major Lazer are headliners. Other acts announced so far include Bastille, Two Door Cinema Club, Wiley, Flume, Fatboy Slim, At The Drive In, Andy C, Danny Brown.

What’s the vibe?

Pure, undiluted festival mayhem. Ignoring the new wave of boutique festivals, Reading has kept on doing what it’s done well for the last four and a half decades. The line-ups have evolved slightly, embracing big dance and rap acts alongside the usual rock and indie giants, but Reading is still mostly about big bands, warm beer and teenage kicks. The thousands of young folk who descend every year for a post-GCSE blowout ensure that it won’t lose its rowdy rep any time soon.

Reading FestivalReading Festival © Alex de Mora

How can I get Reading Festival tickets?

Get your festival tickets right here. A weekend ticket costs £213.

Anything else I should know?

Reading is only half an hour from Paddington so it’s a good bet for Londoners who want to catch huge acts without the schlep. Just be prepared for the festival’s traditional Sunday-night hi-jinks, involving extreme intoxication and some pretty massive bonfires.


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