One week to go until Reading and Leeds 2016….
Living in Camberley and Farnborough on the Hampshire/Surrey border for most of my childhood meant I was only a stones throw away from a place that became my festival home for many years, Reading festival was the biggest festival in the area and only a mere 30min train ride away.
Reading and Leeds festivals get underway the last weekend of August which also just happens to be the last bank holiday of the summer, if you ever needed an excuse to have a long weekend then look no further.
Back when I was going to Reading Festival is was known more commonly as Reading Rock, I think its fair to say that this is not the case so much nowadays as some years you find quite a bit of pop. This is probably a reflection of the age of the crowd that now go to the festival. I should say though that I always check the line up and did pop along a few years ago and saw Biffy Clyro, Foo Fighters, Black Keys and some other great acts so Reading and Leeds still pull out the big guns.
Reading and Leeds Festivals run simultaneously sharing the line up over the three day festival weekend of Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August. The Reading Festival can be found right in the centre of Reading at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue, near the Caversham Bridge. The River Thames runs behind the festival and makes for a nice walk down to Caversham, I spent a wee time swimming there when it was soo hot you couldn’t get cool. Not sure it it was one of my best ideas but a the time is was great.
The Leeds Festival can be found in Bramham Park, near Wetherby, the grounds of a Grade I listed 18th century country house. Where as Reading Festival is situated right in the middle of Reading the Leeds Festival is out in the middle of nowhere surrounded by countryside and small villages.
The Reading Festival is the first and original of the two festivals and hglds the claim to being the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence as it can trace its roots back to the 1950’s. Over the years the festival has played host to some of the most popular and most influential musicians of all time including Metallica, Pink Floyd, Foo Fighters, Eminem, Guns n’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Fleetwood Mac, The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, AC/DC, The Pogues, Blur, Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, The Jam, The Who, Cream, Black Sabbath, Genesis, Nirvana, Iron Maiden, The Police, Status Quo, Oasis, Iggy Pop and The Offspring.
When the Leeds Festival joined with Reading it gave a wider audience the chance to see the same great acts Reading had on offer. In the early 2000s the Leeds festival was plagued with riots and violence which led to problems in retaining its licence, the worst of these was in 2002 after which the festival was moved to the new site it now occupies.
Reading and Leeds 2016
This year Reading and Leeds Festivals kicks off in one week and offers music fans the chance to get their festival on with the likes of The Foals, Biffy Clyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Imagine Dragons, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club, Cage the Elephant and many more.
If the music is not to your taste then don’t forget there are bars, fairground rides and comedy acts including the great Bill Bailey and Russell Howard.
If you have tickets then we hope you all have a cracking time.
For more information and full line up pop over to the festival website here