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Reading Festival



Reading Festival, a cornerstone in the UK's music scene, has evolved from its 1961 origins as a jazz and blues festival to a beacon of diverse musical talent. Celebrated as the world's oldest popular music festival still in existence, it has showcased legendary acts like Nirvana, Pink Floyd, and Eminem. Today, it's known for its eclectic mix of rock, indie, and alternative music, drawing visitors globally to its multi-stage venue. The festival, held annually in Reading, England, is renowned not only for its music but also for its commitment to environmental sustainability and inclusivity. Emphasising a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and championing diversity, Reading Festival stands as a cultural phenomenon, merging musical legacy with contemporary social and ecological consciousness.

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Tickets to Reading Festival can be purchased from their Tickets Page.

Beware of unlicensed ticket touts and listings (e.g. eBay, Gumtree). For more information regarding tickets, e.g. payment plans, visit the ticket info page.

Age Restrictions

Reading Festival is open to all ages, however it is advised not to bring young children. Attendees under 16 must be accompanied by an adult over 18 at all times. Children under 13 are admitted free of charge. Valid, original ID (not a photocopy) is required for entry.

Ticket Options:

  • Weekend Ticket (Camping from Thursday)
  • Weekend Ticket + Early Entry (Camping from Wednesday)
  • Day Ticket (Friday, Saturday, or Sunday)


  • Eco Campsite (at no extra cost, but you need to sign up here)
  • Quiet Campsite (booking required)
  • Camping Plus Bring your Own Tent (more room, showers, nicer loos, 24hr security)
  • Camping Plus Accommodations (Bell Tents, Yurts, etc, i.e. Glamping)
  • Pre-pitched tents
  • Campervan / Caravan
  • Parking
  • Big Green Coach
  • Charge Candy (keep your phone charged!)


Reading Festival is a camping festival, please bring your own equipment.

Eco Camping, Quiet Camping, Camping Plus, luxury camping, and campervan/caravan passes are also available.


Reading Festival takes place at Richfield Ave, Reading. It is strongly advised to take public transport to the Festival as the venue is close to the center of Reading. It is about a 15-20 minute walk from Reading Train Station to the festival site.

Reading Festival Location Map


Reading Festival has a dedicated Access Team, working alongside Attitude is Everything volunteers to ensure the Festival is accessible for all.

Visit the Access Information page to find out more.

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