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A beginner’s guide to Reading festival

· Reading Festival

Spending four whole days walking around a campsite dressed as Jesus is not the behaviour of any normal person. Neither is throwing a tent in a rubbish bin whilst its owners are asleep inside or carrying your mate around on a blow up mattress whilst he plays guitar and serenades everyone with “Man in the Mirror”. Where on earth would you see these kind of not-normal people? The answer: Reading Festival.

It’s known to be home to the weird, the wonderful and the greatest alternative tunes out there, and this year is going to be no different. But don’t let that scare you. Going to Reading fest is an experience that opens your eyes like never before to a world of drunkards at 12pm and hula hooping at 4am. It’s a world of heavy metal guitars, hour-long drum solos and a dance tent that never stops thumping. And it’s a world that we at Licklist towers freakin’ love.

Reading is like a disease; once you’ve been bitten by the bug, you’ll be itching for more. So to help you prepare for your first weekend of pure madness, we’ve written this guide to ensure you won’t end up disappointed.

The Line Up

This year, Reading are really treating us as there’s going to be FIVE headline acts over the three days of music. Friday’s headline spot will be split between Foals and Disclosure, and Red Hot Chili Peppers will be storming the stage on Saturday evening. On Sunday, the festival will be closed by Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro, who is back to claim his crown after he last headlined the weekend in 2013.

But that’s not all folks, there are plenty more famous names making an appearance over the three days - if you want to see the likes of The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, Fetty Wap, Asking Alexandria, Hannah Wants, Jack Garratt, The Vaccines and hundreds of other musical legends, then dip into those savings and student loans and buy your tickets now. The best thing to do when you arrive is buy a lanyard (we know they’re pretty lame, but bear with us) so you can decide which acts you want to see and when you can crack open your first fruity cider of the day.

The festival takes place on the 26th-28th August bank holiday weekend, so there’s really no excuse not to go. They’ll be nobody standing over your work desk dropping papers on your head, and the roads will just be full of middle-aged couples rushing off to Wales, Devon or some other dreary seaside venue for a few days in their grotty caravans. Why waste your time doing nothing when you could be out in the fresh summer air and doing your best to rap along with A$AP Rocky.