Reading Festival

Reading FestivalReading Festival takes place at Richfield Avenue, Reading, UK

Reading Festival 2012 dates – 24th to 26th August

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The Cure – headliner – Friday 24th August
Kasabian – headliner Saturday 25th August
Foo Fighters – headliner Sunday 26th August

Paramore, Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles, Angels & Airwaves, Coheed & Cambria, Cancer Bats, Deaf Havana, Florence + The Machine, The Vaccines, Enter Shikari, The Shins, OFWGKTA, Mystery Jets, Blood Red Shoes, Kaiser Chiefs, Bullet For My Valentine, All Time Low, The Gaslight Anthem, Eagles Of Death Metal, Band Of Skulls, and Pulled Apart By Horses, The Black Keys, The Maccabees, plus Foster the People, The Courteeners, At the Drive-In, The Cribs, Billy Talent, Miike Snow, Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, The Horrors, SBTRKT, Metronomy, Katy B, Azealia Banks, Jaguar Skills, Modestep, Grimes, DJ Zinc, Los Campesinos

Lock Up Stage
Social Distortion – headliner
Less Than Jake – headliner
Anti-Flag, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Gallows, Turbonegro, Bouncing Souls, A Wilhelm Scream along with Every Time I Die, Saves The Day, Trash Talk, Touche Amore, Good Riddance, The Skints, Ceremony, Polar Bear Club, Random Hand, This Is Hell, Star Fucking Hipsters, The Flatliners, Dead To Me, Apologies I Have None,Pettybone, Crowns

Friday:  The Maccabees, Foster The People and The Courteeners, Graham Coxon, Passion Pit, The Blackout, The Hives, Spector, Friends, Chiddy Bang, Here We Go Magic
Saturday: At the Drive-In, The Cribs, Billy Talent and Miike Snow, Mastodon, Santigold, Dry the River, Twin Atlantic and Pure Love
Sunday : Justice, Two Door Cinema Club, The Horrors and SBTRKT, Mark Lanegan Band, The Joy Formidable, Tribes, Django Django, Howler and Of Monsters and Men

Festival Republic Stage
Bassnectar, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Don Broco, Feeder, Futureheads, Lower than Atlantis, Lucy Rose, S.C.U.M., Sleigh Bells, The Subways, The View, Toy, Young Guns

The History of Reading Festival
Every year the Reading Festival grows a little older and with this musically wiser. The festival has been going, in one shape or another since its conception as a Jazz event in 1961, a time when audio was in its ‘rock n roll infancy’; before the invention of music as we know it today and the time when the festival laid down its roots as the UK’s premier indie festival.

From the early Jazz ramblings of Chris Barber (one of the co-founders of the original Reading Festival), Johnny Dankworth and Humphrey Littleton, in the different location of Richmond, to Windsor, then Sunbury and eventually Reading, the festival has always been at the top of its game. Attracting thousands of music fans, critical of the bands performances and really there just to enjoy the best that the festival has to offer, the Reading Festival has been a stalwart in the world of outdoor music.

From the late 1960’s bands started to appear that are still revered as legends today; The Who, The Yardbirds, Eric Clapton, Small Faces, T Rex, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, all great bands, but all cast from the same ‘rock mould’.

It took the near destruction of the festival in 1988, a poor line up, poor weather and poorly attended, to see the Mean Fiddler organisation take the reins and steer the festival to the pinnacle of outdoor music that it is today, with its mix of indie/rock/punk/dance and every genre in between.

Looking back over the line-ups on the posters, who can forget the last UK appearance of Nirvana at the festival 1992, the onstage melt down of the Stone Roses (their last show together) in 1996 or the first triumphant appearance of Metallica in 1997? All landmark events at a festival which is chock full of memories, mostly good, but some pretty bad. Who remembers the shocking ‘braining’ of Brendan Urie of Panic At The Disco in 2006 or 50 Cent getting everything thrown at him including a deck chair? Some shocking moments, but all part of the history of a festival which has been raised on rock, from classic to indie, Reading has it all.

Reading Festival has and always will, lead the way in UK outdoor events of a similar ilk. Reading is a music festival designed by music fans, for music fans. When the line-up was released this year there were complaints that the ‘Sunday Rock Day’ had been ditched, but if you now look at the mainstage on Friday and the Radio One tent on Sunday, there are probably more rock & metal bands than any other year. The organisers listen to the fans and obviously take note of their comments, which is why the festival is probably the first one that most people attend and always will. Music for the people……

Reading Festival Line Up 2011
My Chemical Romance, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Offspring, Deftones, Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, New Found Glory, The Blackout, Architects, Beady Eye, White Lies, Noah And The Whale, The Vaccines, Metronomy, Patrick Wolf, The Naked And Famous, Mona, Miles Kane, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Pulled Apart By Horses, Unkle Sounds, Simian Mobile Disco, Sub Focus (Live), Nero (Dj Set), Sbtrkt (Dj Set), Devlin, Crystal Fighters, Mount Kimbie, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Cold Cave, D/R/U/G/S, The Strokes, Pulp, The National, Jimmy Eat World, Madness, Two Door Cinema Club, Seasick Steve, The Pigeon Detectives, The Joy Formidable, Jane’s Addiction, Crystal Castles, Bombay Bicycle Club, Glassjaw, Everything Everything, The Kills, Ofwgkta, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Yuck, Funeral Party, Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires, Enter Shikari, The View, Frank Turner, Taking Back Sunday, We Are The Ocean, 2manydjs, The Streets, Death From Above 1979, Panic! At The Disco, Warpaint, Chapel Club, Cage The Elephant, Best Coast, Fucked Up, Dananananaykroyd and many more…


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