The low down on Reading and Leeds Festival
10 Jul 2015
The low down on Reading and Leeds Festival
One of UK’s biggest festivals, Reading and Leeds Festival, returns this August. Here’s the 411 on everything you need to know about the much-loved festival.

Reading and Leeds Festival takes place each year over the August bank holiday weekend. It is held simultaneously in both Reading (at Richfield Avenue) and Leeds (at Bramham Park).

The festival is one of the biggest parties of the summer because it’s one of the last events on the festival calendar – and it’s a brilliant party too. It’s become known as a bit of a right-of-passage for festival goers around the country.

This year will be no different with Mumford & Sons, Metallica and The Libertines leading the line-up. You then mix this with up-and-coming talent, the biggest DJs on the planet and loads of other good stuff, such as the silent disco and funfair, and you have one incredible festival.

Who’s playing this year?

First and foremost, let’s talk about the music. Headlining the festival are Mumford and Sons, who released their third album Wilder Mind earlier this year. No stranger to a festival, they played Glasto in 2013, so they know how to put on a show.

Joining them are Metallica who are welcome return to the festival having last performed on the main stage in 2008. The band have killed it on the UK festival circuit playing Download, Sonisphere and Glastonbury (where they won over a tough crowd) among many more.

Finally, The Libertines will be back on the main stage after their reunion gig in 2010, which went down a treat with fans. The band have recently released details of a brand new album, so expect to hear new and old tracks alike.

It’s not all about the headliners. Reading and Leeds Festival is jam-packed with music throughout the weekend. Royal Blood, Bastille, Alt-J, Jamie T, Bring Me The Horizon and more will be entertaining on the main stage. Knife Party, Rebel Soud, Deadmau5, Azealia Banks, Frank Turner, New Found Glory, While She Sleeps, MK and Wilkinson Live are just some of the names who will perform over the three-days. Check out the full Reading line-up here and the Leeds line-up here.

What else goes on?

Lots of things! Along with music throughout the day, the party continues into the night. The alternative stage turns into a silent disco; Piccadilly Party with XFM will be on hand to provide music and DJs into the early hours; a cinema will screen some of most-loved films of all time; and an epic funfair will give you that adrenaline rush.

What do I need to bring?

The most important thing to remember is your ticket! Second thing to do is to figure how you’re going to get there and back. Arrange your return transport prior to attending the festival as it makes getting home so much easier. Remember to bring money or your return ticket to get home.

Thirdly, if you’re camping, bring your tent and sleeping bag. Camp chairs come in handy for mornings sat around your camp.

We are in England, so bring clothes for all weather. Remember a rain mac; it will become your best friend. Plus, plenty of socks and wellies are a must. Finally, remember things like money and your ID if you’re planning on buying alcohol.

How to get to Reading and Leeds Festival

Coaches are available from around the country for Reading and Leeds Festival. The festival has partnered up with National Express, and the coach will drop you off and pick you up at the festival site.

Reading festival is held at Richfield Avenue and is easily accessible by coach, car, taxi and train. There are two car parks at the site and passes need to be purchased to park there. Reading Station is around a 15-20 minute walk from the site and shuttle buses will run from the station to site for £1. Alternatively, a taxi can take you to either the Red Gate or White Campsite.

Leeds Festival, which takes place at Bramham Park, is around a 30 minute drive from Leeds Railway Station. There will be a shuttle bus service to and from the festival. Car parking at Leeds Festival is available and is included in your ticket.

Planning on camping?

The campsite will open and close at the following times:

Leeds Festival:
It will open on Wednesday 26 August at 2pm for early bird permit holders and Thursday 27 August at 3am for weekend ticket holders. The campsite closes at midday on Monday 31 August.

Reading Festival:
The site opens on Wednesday 26 August at 6pm for weekend early bird ticket holders and on Thursday 27 August at 8am for weekend ticket holders. The site closes at noon on Monday 31 August.

Where can I get tickets?

Tickets for Reading and Leeds Festival can be purchased from GET ME IN!, Reading and Leeds Festival’s official resale marketplace

This year Reading and Leeds Festival have partner with GET ME IN!, Ticketmaster’s resale platform, to give festival goers more ticketing choice. Fans can now buy or sell their tickets safely and securely with GET ME IN! right up until the event.