Rock fiends, misfits and rebels – assemble: Your Reading and Leeds Survival Guide

From a killer line-up and a 230 song Spotify playlist, through to getting cash in your pocket for recycling, we’ve put together a list of everything you need to know about this year’s Reading and Leeds festivals. After all, we know you’ll want to get the most out of your bank holiday rockfest…


    Get ready for a killer line-up

    Many of this year’s headliners are Reading and Leeds veterans including the legends that are Muse, Eminem, and Kasabian. And, seeing as it’s Kasabian’s only UK festival for 2017 (so far) it’s set to be big! Too excited to wait? Reading and Leeds have your back with their official Spotify playlist – jam-packed with all the best tunes, we can’t think of anything better to listen to whilst on your coach ride down.

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  • Stock up on the travel-sized toiletries and thank us later

    When there’s beer and food to be carried, who wants to be lugging around big bottles of shampoo and deodorant? Not you, that’s for sure! That’s why we’d advise stocking up on a bundle of those travel-sized toiletries instead. Small and compact, they’ll prevent you from ponging your mate out of the tent, whilst leaving you plenty of room left for more important things i.e beer and food. Did we mention that?

  • Download the app

    Forget having to carry a programme around your neck (we all know it will only get ruined one way or another) and instead, download the Reading and Leeds app. Not only will you be able to create a custom schedule where you’ll be notified when your favourite bands are playing, but you’ll be the first to hear about secret sets, special offers and all the information that’s supposed to be kept on the down low. All you need to do is visit the Apple App Store or download from Google Play. Job done!

  • Go green and reap the rewards

    Going green is important and to make sure you do your part Reading and Leeds have arranged various rewards for those who ensure their experience is environmentally friendly. For example, if you bring your filled up recycling bags to the Recycling Points in the campground you’ll be rewarded for your efforts with a free can of Pepsi Max Ginger.

    Alternatively, check out the cup and bottle refunds. All disposable cups and plastic bottles bought at the festival will have a 10p deposit in the price. This is to encourage these items back to the deposit return points for recycling. All you need to do is collect a whole bag of bottles and you could get £5 in cold, hard cash. Result!

  • Take the coach

    Of course, there is another way you can go green… by taking the coach, of course! You will be dropped direct outside the festival gates of both Reading and Leeds with plenty of time to explore before the big name acts hit the stage.

  • Camp in luxury

    Whether you’re a weathered festival veteran or a newbie to the scene, everyone deserves a luxurious (and by that we mean comfortable) festival experience. With Pink Moon Camping, you can retreat to a clean, calm and comfortable oasis away from your fellow rockers (c’mon, we all need a break sometimes). The best part? Not only are the tents (or tipis too, if you fancy) all set up for you, but there’s an array of CLEAN toilets and hot showers for you to use until your heart’s content, too *insert all the hands in the air emojis*. Yay!

So, what’s first on your agenda? We’d recommend downloading that playlist.