Indie music’s finest festival is back again for another year.
Reading Festival is back for another year. After last year’s mega line-up which included the likes of The Libertines, Metallica, Kendrick Lamar and Jamie T, Reading are pulling the big guns out to make this year even bigger and even better. From 26th-28th August (that’s the Bank Holiday weekend), the Richfield Avenue site will be home to one of Britain’s greatest music festivals, with thousands of indie kids travelling down for a sleep-deprived weekend full of classic indie music and to battle through the mud to see Slaves, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Good Charlotte, Lady Leshurr and Fall Out Boy. It’s an indie dream come true. Here are 7 of the best things to look forward to at this year’s festival.
Festival Exclusive: Red Hot Chili Peppers
It’s 1983 all over again. For their 2016 festival exclusive, our favourite all-American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Main Stage on Saturday night for an evening of wild, reckless abandon. With the Saturday Main Stage line-up including Slaves, Eagles Of Death Metal and Imagine Dragons before the kings of rock make their appearance, it’s safe to say that the Reading will be seeing one of the festival’s most memorable headline performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers. We’ll see you at the front belting out “Californication”.
The Hottest New Bands
Reading is renowned for giving up-and-coming bands their first taste of the festival limelight, and this year is no exception. The Festival Republic Stage will be host to some of indie music’s biggest acts, such as The Temper Trap, but will also be home to indie’s next big things, including Blaenavon, Anteros, The Magic Gang and Palace. The NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage will also see the likes of some of Britain’s next biggest bands, like Blossoms, Rat Boy and Spring King, who will be playing alongside Cage The Elephant and Jack Garratt. Get yourself down there so you can brag that you heard these guys first.
A Laugh And A Half at The Alternative Stage
The Alternative Stage at Reading is the place to go to get your giggles with a classic comedy gold line-up. With headliners consisting of those comedy greats you’re always seeing on the TV, like Russell Howard, Bill Bailey and Katherine Ryan, the Alternative Stage is where you’ll want to brighten up your hangover with a good laugh. Classic comedy will also be coming from the likes of Sara Pascoe, Lee Nelson, Joel Dommett and Holly Walsh; you’ll be doubled-up the whole weekend.
Break your waltzer rotation record at Reading’s famous funfair. Full of rides like the Twister, ferris wheel and probably a whack-a-mole or two, spend your sunny afternoon whizzing around the helter-skelter and being flung into the air in the Booster. There might even be a Looping Starship and a Skydiver if you’re lucky.
A silent disco is always a winner. Grab your headphones after the headliners are done and get yourself down to the SilentArena tent to spend the night tuning into each wavelength and being slightly out of step with everyone else. Previous DJs have included Dented DJ, BBC´s Steve Lamacq & Bethan Elfyn, The Vinyl Vendettas and My Ex-Boyfriends Records, so this tent is going to be a party and a half.
The Ultimate Indie Club Night
For the hours after dark, head down to the ultimate indie club night, where Propaganda will be spinning late night euphoric disco tracks, while Thomas Turgoose, aka Shaun from This Is England will be making an appearance. Buttoned Up Disco will be on hand to spin the ultimate rock, pop, punk and indie tunes and travel back in time with Hot Dub Time Machine, taking you through over 60 hits worth of hits.
Indie and Rock’s Finest Festival Stars
Reading always draws in some of the world’s biggest indie acts, but this year they’ve really gone all out. Aside from legends Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reading have booked Foals and Disclosure to co-headline on Friday, and Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro to co-headline on Sunday. No big deal. Other main stage acts include Die Antwoord and A$AP Rocky, while The Neighbourhood, The 1975, Two Door Cinema Club and Fetty Wap will be gracing the NME/BBC Radio 1 Stage. Get ready to run around to make sure you catch everything.
Words: Annabel Lunnon