The Reading and Leeds festivals are a pair of annual rock festivals that are hosted simultaneously in the towns of Reading and Leeds in England. The Carling Music Festival has traditionally been part of this group of festivals, which take place every year Friday-Sunday on the weekend of Britain’s August bank holiday (Aug. 26-28). The festival in Reading is considered the oldest popular music festival in existence, having started way back in 1955. If you’re like one of the approximately 150,000 people who plan on attending one of the two locations this year and you’re not quite sure how to prep for a music festival, consider these useful tips:
Packing for the Festival
Being festival-ready mostly has to do with packing appropriately. The best way to make sure you’re not forgetting anything is to use a festival packing checklist – preferably one that is easy to read and remember. There’s this packing list from Ladbrokes in the form of a bingo sheet, which you might find amusing if you play bingo online. The point is, these lists come in all shapes and sizes, so there’s no excuse not to use one. The obvious things you’ll want to bring include: chairs, bug spray, medication, snacks, a hair brush, and other cosmetic supplies, a device charger, hygiene products like toilet paper and deodorant, a camera, and sunglasses.
Checkout the Line up and Plan Your Schedule
This year’s festival, like every year before it, has a ridiculously long artist line up. Unless you’re the type of person who will sit through an entire concert no matter what act is on stage, you’re probably going to be visiting the festival specifically to see a certain band or artist. Thus, it’s a good idea to find out what day your favourite artist is performing and even what time of the day it will happen, just to save yourself the hassle of having to rush to get to the correct stage on time. On the other hand, camping throughout the entire festival can be a fun experience as well, so it’s all a matter of preference. The main stage line up is packed with a number of big names, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Five Finger Death Punch, A$AP Rocky, Nas, Fetty Wap, Alunageorge, Disciples, and Imagine Dragons.
Practice Festival Safety
Everybody knows that summer music festivals can get rowdy, especially at such busy venues as those that host the Reading and Leeds festivals. Thus, practicing festival safety is highly recommended. In fact, the National Health Service (NHS) has published an official guide on festival safety specifically to accommodate events like these. The Reading and Leeds festivals are no stranger to potentially hazardous conditions – if you look up festival safety in Google, one of the top results is a page detailing safety tips for the Leeds festival.
Above All, Have Fun
In closing, don’t let the extensive artist line up, huge crowds, and festival safety jargon scare you away from having a great time. Overall, the festival is a great place to kick back and enjoy the summer with live music and cool people nearby.