Just to make it clear: this is not a festival related to book, libraries, or any form of classroom. Here, you will get a different kind of education, something that will never be found in any school or any kind of classroom.
Paired with the Leeds Festival, the Reading Festival (pronounced as “redding”) is the world’s oldest popular music festival. The two events are held simultaneously in August, held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading town in England. The Leeds event, on the other hand, will take place in Bramham Park (near Wetherby).It concentrates on the best rock, alternative, indie, punk, and metal acts from all over the world, so if you like any of these genres, it’s highly possible that your favorite artists have already performed (or will perform) here.
Happening in August 26-28, 2011, the Reading festival line-up is diverse as always, featuring some of the best acts in the music scene today. For the Main Stage on Friday (August 26), some of the performers are: The Offspring, Deftones, Rise Against, Bring Me The Horizon, New Found Glory, and many more. On Saturday (August 27), be wowed by The Strokes, Pulp, The National, Jimmy Eat World, The Joy Formidable, and many more. On Sunday (August 28), be prepared by awesome performances by Muse, Elbow, Interpol, Friendly Fires, The View, Taking Back Sunday, We Are The Ocean, and many more.
The NME Stage will be filled with artists such as Noah and the Whale, Patrick Wolf, and Frankie & the Heartstrings (Friday); Jane’s Addiction, Bombay Bicycle Club, Glassjaw, and Yuck (Saturday); The Streets, Warpaint, and Best Coast (Sunday).
There will be so many stages to choose from: The Dance Stage, Lock Up Stage, BBC Introducing Stage, and the Alternative Stage—all of which will feature more bands, DJs, and solo artists, so you will be sure to find a genre that you fancy.
If you’re a Nirvana fan, going to the Reading 2011 will definitely one of the most important things you can ever do. In 1992, the band was rumored to have some problems regarding frontman Kurt Cobain’s health. However, the band surprised the festival audience in the same year, when Cobain entered the stage pretended to be sick and riding a wheelchair. He fooled everyone, and gave one hell of an energetic show to show everyone how a rock concert is supposed to be like. This was the band’s last gig in the UK, before he passed away. This year, the Reading Festival will show this great performance to all attendees by playing Live At Reading, a DVD of this historic performance which was released on DVD in 2009.
Just like any huge rock festival, this event will allow people to camp out. Various campsites will be available, but guests will have to read the rules at the event website to be aware of the permits needed to submit, the rules to follow, and the site map to look into.
One known “trademark” of this festival is the idea of bottling off artists from the stage. This basically means the audience throwing their bottles on stage if they don’t like the performer. Obviously, this could be fun for so many audience members, but not so much on the artist side. However, this has been considered as a tradition, as every year, there are artists being bottled off. Some of the past unfortunate artists that were forced to end their sets are: Meat Loaf, Good Charlotte, 50 Cent, and Panic! at the Disco. This year, it’s the audience’s job to determine who will be next bottling victim.
The Reading and Leeds Festival will take place in Reading and Leeds, England, so not only will you be able to see great bands perform live, you will also be in a place where there are lots of historical sites and amazing attractions. In Leeds, see wonderful busy Millennium Square, admire the architecture of St. Anne’s Cathedral at Cookridge Street, and see great works over at the Leeds Art Gallery and The Henry Moore Institute. In Reading, you will simply love the Silchester Roman Town, which has many ruins if walls, a church, and an amphitheatre. You also should not miss the Museum of Reading, where you’ll certainly learn a lot of new things about the town’s history.
The Reading Festival 2011 will definitely be one of the biggest music events this year, and with all the awesome performers announced, it would be impossible for people to not have the most fantastic time here.