The Reading and Leeds Festivals are a pair of annual music festivals that take place in Reading and Leeds in England. The events take place simultaneously on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the August bank holiday weekend, this year in Reading’s Richfield Avenue and Leeds’ Bramham Park.The 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. On 12 May 2020 it was announced that the year’s festivals were cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is back now as the government confirmed large events like festivals could run when restrictions eased on 19 July. Ticket holders will have to demonstrate proof of full vaccination, proof of a negative NHS lateral flow test, or proof of natural immunity. For the first time ever, the joint bank holiday festivals will have two main stages and six headliners, with Biffy Clyro, Liam Gallagher, Stormzy, Disclosure, Post Malone and Catfish & The Bottlemen all topping the bill.
Reading Borough Council said more than 100,000 revellers are expected to attend the three-day event in Richfield Avenue. “I think the festival will be a real emotional time for them all, and very pleased to be able to host it for them,” boss Melvin Benn said. Karen Rowland, lead councillor for culture, heritage and recreation at Reading Borough Council, said the event may be “one of the largest festivals in the country this year”.