Friday, August 24th, 2018
In 1961, the first ever national Jazz and Blues Festival was held at The Richmond Athletic Ground and began the legacy that led to what we today call The Reading Festival. Throughout the decades that preceded the first instance, the festival grew and began incorporating a larger span of musical styles from progressive rock to punk rock and new wave. Now legendary artists and groups such as The Jam, The Stranglers and Sham 69 were amongst the first to play here, bringing in thousands of national guests and building the size to eventually holding tens of thousands. Over the past decade, Reading Festival, with its northern sister Leeds Festival, has sustained a reputation of being one of the biggest, best and most popular music festivals in existence today, welcoming three world class headliners to spearhead three days of music across eight stages and compromising of well over 300 acts. At today’s home of Richfield Avenue, Reading Festival has welcomed headliners of the ilk of The Arctic Monkeys, Blink 182, Eminem, The Cure, Foo Fighters, Muse and Biffy Clyro to name just a few. 2014 saw main stage headliners Queens of The Stone Age, Blink 182, Paramore and Arctic Monkeys join the likes of The Courteeners, Disclosure and Bombay Bicycle Club on the NME Stage as well as seeing a 3 days dance programme, with Netsky, Pendulum and Flume heading up proceedings here. The Lock Up Stage welcomed Jimmy Eat World, Of Mice & men and Gogol Bordello whilst Giggs, The Palma Violets, Joey Bada$$ and more took to the 1Xtra and Festival Republic Stages. 2015 will see headline performances from Mumford & Sons as well as rock legends Metallica, Deadmau5, Royal Blood, Bastille and Jamie T, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.