Reading Festival 2009

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Friday 28 August 2009 Sunday 30 August 2009

Little John's Farm

Richfield Avenue
United Kingdom
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Rock, alternative, indie, punk, metal, with big names, breaking acts, and exclusive performances Reading Festival has it all.

The dates for Reading Festival 2009 are confirmed as on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire.

The headliners for this year’s festival will be Kings Of Leon (Friday), Arctic Monkeys (Saturday), and Radiohead (Sunday).

For the day, stage splits, line-ups and rumours where available, please click here.

Tickets have sold out and were priced at £175 for a weekend ticket, £70 a day ticket, and £10 for an early bird Thursday entry ticket. Campervan and Caravan permits cost £20 in advance and £30 on the gate. Car park passes are £5 in advance this year, or £10 on arrival. Over 18’s wristband will be optional, but allow those that look young to not have to carry ID around all the time.

There has been the occasional re-release of tickets, to see if they might be available, click here.

Note: This year tickets will not be on sale at the gate. There will be no box office of any kind. All tickets will be sent out to customers. Overseas customers will need to pick up tickets from The Hexagon.

Children under 13 (12 and under) are admitted free but MUST be accompanied by a ticket holding adult. Please note there is no separate children’s area at this event, and eFestivals considers this an event not really suitable for children.

Festival Republic produces a guide to Disabled Access and Facilities for all it’s festivals, which includes details of the 2-for-1 ticket scheme. Please request a booklet and application form on 020 8961 5490. All application forms must be submitted by Friday 24th July 2009.

On site facilities include: Bars, Cash Points, First Aid & Paramedics, Food & Non Food Stalls, Information.

There’s a few alterations for 2009.
The arena is to be extended at the Western end to create more space for the Radio One tent, make room for an extra block of loos and improve the levels of music on site, without increasing the disturbance off site for residents.
A new policy on Crowd Surfing. The policy has been revised and if attendees come over the barrier for fun, they will be put back onto road G4 and made to walk back down to the arena entrance to come back into the arena that way, the long way
The Arena Entrance has moved, the layout will change this year to ease the flow in and out.
Campsite toilets have been rearranged within the campsites, the site map when available will show this.
There are to be NO aerosols (over 100ml) or gas canisters. If you want to cook outside your tent you bring bring disposable barbecues only. Anyone seen with canisters or cylinders will be ejected from site.
There will be no Indigo Zone this year. What was indigo last year will revert back to brown and purple.

As with previous years organisers Festival Republic are keen to encourage festival goers to respect the local residents and the environment, and to encourage everyone to leave their cars at home.

There are normally special National Express and See Coaches festival services running directly into the site from all over the UK.

The Lift Share scheme:
If you have to bring your car to Reading then why not try the lift-share scheme. It will reduce traffic congestion to the festival; you can split petrol costs between you, and helps reduce global warming at the same time.

Peak traffic flows are likely on the Thursday and on the morning of the Friday as festival goers arrive on site. Most traffic is expected to depart the site late in the evening on the Sunday and before noon on the Monday. The organisers ask all festival goers to try and avoid these periods unless necessary to minimise congestion.
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  • lopesphillipe

    WHY wasnt i here?!!? (5)

    9 Jan 2011 Reply
  • robslater90

    WHY wasnt i here?!!? (4)

    28 Sep 2010 Reply
  • JiGGi3

    WHY wasnt i there?!!? (3)

    5 Sep 2010 Reply
  • forczekadri

    WHY wasnt i there?!!? (2)

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • Peppeworld

    WHY wasnt i here?!!?

    20 Aug 2010 Reply
  • MMarjolein

    Omg. This line up is almost the same as my library. Wish I was there.

    19 Aug 2010 Reply
  • saaloome

    :O how awesome line-up I wish be there :(

    21 Mar 2010 Reply
  • WeFlyBalloons


    2 Nov 2009 Reply
  • yoqpasa

    Hey,join us if you are a Radiohead freak!! =)

    23 Sep 2009 Reply
  • CountInFives200

    Still miss waking up to people shouting ALAN, STEVE, KEVIN or MORNIIINGGG. Good times :)

    22 Sep 2009 Reply
  • zigitaj

    this time 14 days ago.

    13 Sep 2009 Reply
  • will_expert

    haha yeah i saw nathanmania walk past me on the way to the arena just after the rowntress randoms place

    11 Sep 2009 Reply
  • lessthanphil

    PompeyHell: "I still think it's a fantastic festival, but a rethink is probably needed for next year." Couldn't agree more. The ratio of twats to non twats was amazingly high this year (my 9th Reading). Guess it's a sign that festivals are currently a 'trendy' thing to do for the current fashion conscious masses? Or maybe I'm just getting older ;)

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • mynameisdannymc

    it were alright, yeah.

    9 Sep 2009 Reply
  • fizzysoda

    My m8s saw nathamania. gutted i wasn't there :(

    8 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Lawman_05

    5 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Adabadang

    yeh nathamania owns although he owes me a new hat

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Mashd

    Being front row at The Prodigy was probably the biggest mistake of the weekend. I've been to some rough gigs (Gallows, Lamb of God to name a couple) but I don't think I've ever feared for my life at a gig before. Absolutely mental but totally worth it. Kings of Leon's attitude and performance was disgraceful, but I didn't go in with high expectations knowing the direction their collective ego had gone. They watered down the classics and then complained over a rightfully less than impressed audience. Radiohead brought me to tears of sheer joy. I don't have the right words. Surprise hits: Municipal Waste, Friendly Fires, Jamie T, Plugs and The Teeth.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Robsy

    Also was anyone else really fucked off with the Dance stage? Deadmau5 started nearly an hour early and I, along with many others, missed most of the set.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Robsy

    Surely Radiohead played Creep first to get it out the way and stop all the cunts shouting "PLAY CREEP!!!!!" and ruining the rest of the set? I just knew they'd play it first for that reason. They had the best set of the weekend for sure, the only downer was they didn't play Fake Plastic Trees. Other good shows were Frank Turner, Metric (who were bloody brilliant, actually) and Maximo Park was surprisingly good. Saturday had too much shit on main stage, Courneeners and Ian Brown were boring as fuck. And yeah, Kings of Leon were once again Class A wankers, they did nearly the exact same thing at Germany's Hurricane Festival back in June. I thought that was because of the notoriously quiet German crowd but obviously the band do it at every show.

    4 Sep 2009 Reply
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