With more than six weeks to go, anyone hoping to pick up a last minute ticket to one of the hottest festivals this summer is no doubt rather sad around now. Tickets for Reading, both Day and Weekend, have completely sold out, and it’s little surprise.
This Augusts’ festival looks set to be one of the best yet with headline acts Blink-182, Queens Of The Stone Age/Paramore and Arctic Monkeys raring and ready to thrill the crowds. Only recently, Blink 182 said of their upcoming appearance at the festival: “We’re getting ready to rock the fine people of the UK. Prepare for the fury.”
Over three days, more than 150 acts will perform to 90,000 music fans some of whom will be travelling the length and breadth of the country, and even hoping on planes and trains from overseas to experience the phenomenal feelings that can only come with a live festival.
Reading is known for his magical and historical moments. Having begun in the 1960’s, it was the first festival to embrace punk rock and new wave acts in the 1970’s, with The Jam and The Stranglers among its headliners. In 1992, the image of Nirvana front-man Kurt Cobain, appearing on stage in a wheelchair and wearing a hospital gown for what would be their final UK performance, reached worldwide, with music journalists among others still talking about it to this day. In 2010, Guns ‘N’ Roses turned up 60 minutes late and had their set cut short, resulting in the band staging a sit-down protest.
In the last decade, tickets for the festival have sold out faster and faster with each passing year. Now in 2014, with the capacity of the festival now bigger than ever, this summer looks to be a scorcher – and not just in terms of the weather.
For information on the line up and various stages at the festival visit www.readingfestival.com.