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Reading revellers sporting retro bucket hats and bum bags head into the festival


Thousands of revellers sporting bum bags and bucket hats descended on Reading Festival this morning ahead of three days of live music.

One of the most popular events in the music calendar, along with its sister festival in Leeds, Reading is expected to once again welcome more than 100,000 visitors across the weekend.

A host of well-known chart-toppers are headlining this year’s show, including rapper Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion and Arctic Monkeys.

While a number of fans arrived earlier in the week to pitch their tents in prime positions on the campsite, floods more came through the gates this morning, before the first acts take to the stage this afternoon.

Many were spotted wearing bucket hats and bum bags, a throwback to the fashion of the 1990s, when the gear was made popular by fans of bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses. 

Thousands of revellers sporting bum bags and bucket hats descended on Reading Festival this morning ahead of three days of live music

Thousands of revellers sporting bum bags and bucket hats descended on Reading Festival this morning ahead of three days of live music

One of the most popular events in the music calendar, along with its sister festival in Leeds, Reading is expected to once again welcome more than 100,000 visitors across the weekend

One of the most popular events in the music calendar, along with its sister festival in Leeds, Reading is expected to once again welcome more than 100,000 visitors across the weekend

A host of well-known chart-toppers are headlining this year's show, including rapper Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion and Arctic Monkeys

A host of well-known chart-toppers are headlining this year’s show, including rapper Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion and Arctic Monkeys

While a number of fans arrived earlier in the week to pitch their tents in prime positions on the campsite, floods more came through the gates this morning, before the first acts take to the stage this afternoon

While a number of fans arrived earlier in the week to pitch their tents in prime positions on the campsite, floods more came through the gates this morning, before the first acts take to the stage this afternoon

Many were spotted wearing bucket hats and bum bags, a throwback to the fashion of the 1990s, when the gear was made popular by fans of bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses

Many were spotted wearing bucket hats and bum bags, a throwback to the fashion of the 1990s, when the gear was made popular by fans of bands like Oasis and The Stone Roses

Music fans arrive at Reading Festival in the sunshine this morning on the first of three days of live performances

Music fans arrive at Reading Festival in the sunshine this morning on the first of three days of live performances

One festival fan seems reluctant to get a kiss goodbye from his mother as he prepares to enter the campsite at Reading

One festival fan seems reluctant to get a kiss goodbye from his mother as he prepares to enter the campsite at Reading

Two music fans prepare their drinks on their way into the campsite at Reading Festival this morning

Three young music fans armed with drinks leave Reading train station to make their way to the festival site

Three young music fans armed with drinks leave Reading train station to make their way to the festival site

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

Two music fans, wearing fancy hats and armed with their camping gear, arrive at Reading Festival this morning

Two music fans, wearing fancy hats and armed with their camping gear, arrive at Reading Festival this morning

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

Two music fans holding bottles of water leaving Reading train station before making their way to the festival site this morning

Two music fans holding bottles of water leaving Reading train station before making their way to the festival site this morning

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

Reading Festival fans on the first day of the event make their way from the drop off point in Kings Meadow to the festival site along The River Thames

A young music fan takes a seat outside Reading train station before making their way to the festival site this morning

A young music fan takes a seat outside Reading train station before making their way to the festival site this morning

Festival-goers arriving this morning were blessed with sunshine and clear skies, unlike those who made an early pilgrimage to the concert ground, who woke up yesterday to flooded tents and soggy shoes amid a deluge of morning rain.

Inside the camp site, a sea of tents were pictured barely propped up on the drenched grass as young revellers endured a wet start to the event.

The wet weather yesterday came after a period of searing heat which saw drought declared across swathes of England, with parched grass and struggling crops, streams drying up and river, reservoir and aquifer levels low, and hosepipe bans brought in for millions as heatwaves pushed up demand for water.

As of Wednesday, the UK as a whole had had only 46% of the average total rainfall for August. The bank holiday is expected to be largely dry with warm sunny spells, though possibly wetter in the North West.

Temperatures could climb to 30C (86F) or into the mid-20s depending on how the high pressure builds, the Met Office said.

Spokesman Grahame Madge said: ‘We’ve definitely switched from the hot and dry regime to something that has rain in the forecast.’

While the downpours will mean this month will ‘catch up a bit’ with rainfall totals, he said: ‘It’s certainly going to be a dry August for the whole of the UK.’

And he said some areas had gone without any significant rainfall from the middle of June until last week.

‘We’ve had below average rainfall for such a long time, it’s going to take a period of above average rain to make it up,’ he warned.

Reading Festival found itself mired in controversy just weeks ago when headliners Rage Against The Machine said they would not perform.

The band said they would not attend the festival as planned as they cancelled their 2022 European tour dates citing medical advice. This also included their planned performance at Leeds Festival.

Rage Against The Machine, best known for their songs ‘Killing In the Name’ and ‘Bulls on Parade’, had been set to headline at Reading alongside The Arctic Monkeys, Dave and Halsey.

The rock group was later replaced by pop band The 1975.

Reading and Leeds Festival 2022: Who’s playing, how to get tickets and everything you need to know ahead of the weekend

When is Reading and Leeds Festival?

Both festivals will run from August 26 to 28 at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’s Bramham Park.

Campsites at both venues are open 24 hours and revellers with early bird ticket’s can attend from 12 noon on August 24.

Weekend ticket holders can arrive from 3am on August 25. The campsites will then  close at midday on August 29.

The Arena opening times for Thursday August 25 is 5pm until 3am. Opening times for the rest of the weekend will be between 11am and 3am.  

Star-studded: The festival gears up to welcome over 100,000 musical lovers once again, here's everything you need to know about the weekend (Dave pictured)

Star-studded: The festival gears up to welcome over 100,000 musical lovers once again, here’s everything you need to know about the weekend (Dave pictured) 

Who are the main music acts? 

At Reading and Leeds festival there will be six stages in total, including two main stages alongside the BBC Radio 1Xtra stage. 

Those attending the twin festivals this year can expect performances from a wide range of artists, including big names such as Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion and Arctic Monkeys.

A range of well-known chart-toppers will take to the stage, including Bastille, Bring Me The Horizon, Little Simz and Halsey. 

The star-studded line-up also includes Wolf Alice, D-Block Europe, Circa Waves and All Time Low.

Event: At Reading and Leeds festival there will be six stages in total, including two main stages alongside the BBC Radio 1Xtra stage (Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner pictured)

Event: At Reading and Leeds festival there will be six stages in total, including two main stages alongside the BBC Radio 1Xtra stage (Arctic Monkeys Alex Turner pictured) 

Line-up: Those attending the twin festivals this year can expect performances from a wide range of artists, including big names such as Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and Arctic Monkeys.

Line-up: Those attending the twin festivals this year can expect performances from a wide range of artists, including big names such as Dave, The 1975, Megan Thee Stallion (pictured) and Arctic Monkeys.

Last week, festival organisers released a statement announcing they were ‘saddened’ Måneskin and Jack Harlow had pulled out of the line-up, with AJ Tracey and Charli XCX set to replace them. 

Fans were also left outraged by Festival headliners Rage Against The Machine when they said they too would not perform.

The full line-up, including a stage by stage breakdown for both Saturday and Sunday can be found here.

Ahead of the festivals, the official Reading and Leeds website have shared the stage times for each act.

Dates: Both festivals will run from August 26 to 28 at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’s Bramham Park

Dates: Both festivals will run from August 26 to 28 at Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’s Bramham Park

What will the weather be like?  

Festivalgoers are set to enjoy a fairly sunny weekend, according to the Met Office, including some cloudy spells and light showers. 

Temperatures at Reading are set to peak at 24°, while Leeds’ temperature will rise to 22°. There’s also some light wind and gentle breeze predicted for across each site – with the worst of the rain set to hit on Thursday. 

Where can I get tickets? 

Tickets for both Reading and Leeds festival are now sold out. 

A limited amount of resale tickets are available on Ticketmaster. 

Weather: Festivalgoers are set to enjoy a fairly sunny weekend, according to the Met Office, including some cloudy spells and light showers

Weather: Festivalgoers are set to enjoy a fairly sunny weekend, according to the Met Office, including some cloudy spells and light showers

About Reading and Leeds Festival

Reading Festival, the older of the two festivals, is the world’s oldest popular music festival still in existence. Many of the biggest bands in the UK and internationally have played at the festival over five decades 

Since the current two-site format was adopted in 1999, rock, indie punk and hip-hop have been the main genres featured in the line-up.

The festivals are run by Festival Republic which was divested from Mean Fiddler Music Group.

Return: Last year saw two of the most popular events in the music calendar return after being forced to cancel its 2020 festival due to the coronavirus pandemic

Return: Last year saw two of the most popular events in the music calendar return after being forced to cancel its 2020 festival due to the coronavirus pandemic



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