Reading Festival is a three day music event which takes place over the August bank holiday on Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue, Reading. The festival originally started life as a jazz festival and was founded by Harold Pendleton in 1961.
The music progressed to a harder, punk rock sound by the 1980’s and has remained a predominately rock and indie festival ever since. In the 2000’s the festival evolved and included dance music from 2004 onwards. The capacity increased over the years, with Reading Festival 2011 reaching 87,000 and Reading tickets selling out in record time.
It has become one of the most eagerly awaited fixtures in the British festival calendar, with previous headliners such as Nirvana’s’ infamous stage appearance in the early 1990’s, The Rolling Stones in the early 1960’s, Rage Against The Machine, The Stone Roses, New Order and My Chemical Romance in 2011.
After the popularity of the festival throughout the Brit-pop era, it was soon realized that the one site in Reading was too small to cope with the ever-growing numbers who were attending the event, and a second site in Leeds was established to become the Leeds Festival in 1999 up until the present day.