During the summer all eyes fall on the annual festivals that take place across the British Isles, from world famous events to smaller, more localised musical get-togethers. They form part of an annual tradition that not only provides an unbeatable range of musical acts, but also an atmosphere that cannot be found in any other location.
With stages big and small, food stands, shops and more all enjoyed by like-minded fans hoping for a great time, the summer festivals should not be missed.
One of the most famous festivals of the summer months is the Reading Festival, which appears alongside its sister Leeds Festival during bank holiday weekend in August. Since the 1960s it has seen people flocking to the Southern city for an array of bands that usually take the form of Indie and Rock, whilst also providing venues for a host of other acts as well. Not only is it one of the most famous, it is also the oldest popular festival of music in the world (that is still held regularly) and over many decades has provided the stage for some of the biggest names in the music industry. Early highlights include performances from The Who, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, T. Rex, and The Yardbirds whilst recent years have seen Foo Fighters, Radiohead, Muse, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and the Smashing Pumpkins take pride of place on the main stage.
When audiences arrive at the site in Reading, they have a wide range of stages, stores, food stand and more to choose from, with the biggest offering taking the form of the main stage, where the best known bands perform in front of the biggest crowd. There is also the NME/Radio 1 stage for lesser known bands with a significant following, as well as the Festival Republic stage, the Lock Up stage, the Dance Tent and the BBC Introducing Stage. In addition to these musically-led areas, there is also the Alternative Tent, which features the biggest names in comedy and cabaret, with DJs lighting up the tent later on at night.
But the music is the true highlight of the Reading Festival and in the last decade the main stage has attracted some huge names. The new millennium opened with headliners Oasis, Pulp and the Stereophonics, whilst the following years have featured Foo Fighters (2002 and 2005), Metallica (2003), The Darkness (2004), Pixies (2005), Muse (2006), Red Hot Chilli Peppers (2007), Rage Against the Machine (2008) and Radiohead (2009). The new decade adds to this with the likes of Arcade Fire, Guns N’ Roses and Blink-182 laying the foundations for the upcoming playing field.
Reading tickets provide music fans with an undeniably memorable experience that not only features great music, but an unbeatable atmosphere and a host of other things to do. It is no wonder it has been running for so long and remains an anticipated part of the summer line up.