Reading Festival 2012

Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ, England MAP
Friday or Saturday £85, Sunday day tickets and weekend tickets sold out
daily capacity: 90000
last updated: Mon 27th Aug 2012

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

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The dates for the 90,000 capacity Reading Festival are confirmed as on the bank holiday weekend, from Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012 at Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire.


The opening night is headlined by The Cure with their only UK shows this year, Kasabian will make their only festival appearances in England and Wales of 2012 on Saturday night, and Foo Fighters close Reading on Sunday with their only UK appearances of the year.

Also confirmed are NME/Radio 1 headliners The Maccabees, At The Drive-In and Justice with Metronomy topping the bill on the Dance Stage. Other bands also announced are Paramore and The Black Keys with their only UK festival appearances, Florence + The Machine, Kaiser Chiefs, Bullet For My Valentine, All Time Low, The Gaslight Anthem, Bombay Bicycle Club, You Me At Six, Crystal Castles, Angels & Airwaves, Coheed & Cambria, Cancer Bats, Deaf Havana, The Vaccines, Enter Shikari, The Shins, OFWGKTA, Mystery Jets, Blood Red Shoes, Eagles Of Death Metal, Band Of Skulls, Pulled Apart By Horses, Sleigh Bells, The Subways, Veronica Falls, Feeder, Young Guns, Lower Than Atlantis, Bassnectar (DJ Set), The View, The Futureheads, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, 2:54, Alberta Cross, Alt-J, Bastille, Blood or Whiskey, Citizens!, Deap Vally, S.C.U.M, The Cast of Cheers, The Knux, The Minutes, Theme Park, Toy, Young Guns, We Are Augustines, Zulu Winter.Foster the People, The Courteeners, The Cribs, Billy Talent, Miike Snow, Two Door Cinema Club, The Horrors, SBTRKT, Katy B, Azealia Banks, and more. For the line-up details to-date please see here.


Early entry tickets enabling festival goers to get into the site on the Wednesday are priced at £15, with campervan passes priced at £60, and lockers £15. Day tickets are £85 for Friday or Saturday, as Sunday day tickets, and £197.50 weekend tickets have sold out.

Tickets are limited to a maximum of four per person and per credit card for those booking online. U16s (15 & under) must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

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 small children.

Note: 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.

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Ticket instalment plan

There are two schemes, a two-part scheme and a four-part scheme, available to buy tickets from Seetickets, Ticketmaster and Ticketline.

The Two-part scheme will involve an initial payment of £98.75 plus an £8 booking fee. This will be followed by making a second payment of £98.75 plus a postage fee priced at £5.25 per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking) at a later date (yet tbc).

The Four-part scheme requires an initial payment of £49.38 plus the £8 booking fee per ticket. Followed by two more monthly instalments at £49.38, and then a final £49.38 payment plus £5.25 postage fee per transaction (regardless of number of tickets in the booking).

If a payment is missed, or you decide you no longer want to attend the festival, a refund on the amount already paid will not be possible. The four-part scheme offer will end once there is less than four months to go before the festival, but the two-part will still be on offer.

Coach travel

Travel to Reading Festival with National Express.

Residents tickets

Residents' presale tickets will go on sale 48 hours before the general on sale date. Residents will have from 7.15pm on Saturday 10th March to 2pm on Monday 12th March to make their booking. For those who don't qualify for presale tickets, the general on sale will start from 7.15pm on Monday, 12th March evening, and eFestivals will have links to buy them then.

Residents' tickets are for use only by residents and will become invalid if they are sold or transferred. They are only for use by people who are residents living within the eligible area at the time of the festival.

Residents' tickets can be purchased from See Tickets click here for the link which will go live at 7.15pm on Saturday 10th March and expire at 2pm on Monday 12th March. If you are unable to book your tickets during this period, everyone will have an opportunity to buy tickets when they go on general sale on Monday 12th March at 7.15pm.

To buy residents' tickets, you must first enter your postcode. Only valid postcodes matching those given to Festival Republic by the council will be accepted by the booking system. If your postcode is not recognised it's because you live outside of the area of eligibility. Festival Republic has obtained a list of valid postcodes from Reading Borough Council and South Oxon Council. Valid postcodes are those beginning RG1, RG2, RG4, RG6, RG30 & RG31 which fall under Reading Borough Council and postcodes beginning RG4 within Mapledurham Village which fall under South Oxon Council.

For more information see the news story - here.

Disabled info

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.

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Conditions for camping

No aerosols (over 250ml) or gas canisters this year. Those wanting to cook need to bring disposable BBQs, trangias or solid fuel stoves. Anyone seen with canisters or cylinders will be ejected from site. The caravan and campervan ticket holders in white campervan field only will be permitted to bring in gas containers up to the limit of 3kg.

Only small, clean, campfires only are allowed in the campsites they must be kept below knee height and less than one pace wide. They will be monitored and extinguished if otherwise. A new policy started last year is expected to be reintroduced this year whch means that ALL campfires will be extinguished after 8pm on Sunday. There will be a firewood trader onsite to buy clean wood for your small campfires - clean firewood will be on sale until 6pm Sunday evening.

Once again this year no flags will be allowed to be taken into the festival arena, as they obstruct the view of people behind.


There will be an on site supermarket can be found near the arena entrance in the Village. It will sell convenience foods, snacks, pies/pasties, chilled drinks, fresh daily bread and milk, newspapers, beer/lager/cider, toiletries, pharmacy, general grocery, fresh sliced meats, bacon, sausage, butter and cheeses, deli counter, and cigarettes. The supermarket will offer a card payment facility (minimum purchase £5) with cashback. Other on site facilities include: Bars, Cash Points, First Aid & Paramedics, Food & Non Food Stalls, Information.

More information will be here when available.

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Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August 2012
Little Johns Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 8EQ, England MAP
Friday or Saturday £85, Sunday day tickets and weekend tickets sold out
daily capacity: 90000
last updated: Mon 27th Aug 2012

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