Food & Drink

Important Info

Only food for personal consumption may be brought into the Arena. There are plenty of traders on site selling food & drink, in both the Arena and the campsites (see our Food Traders section).

No glass is permitted anywhere in the campsites or Arena. Only sealed plastic bottles of water under 500ml size will be permitted into the arena.

As a reminder, please check out our Confiscation Policy / What NOT to bring section.

2014 Reading Food Price List

We’ve not quite compiled this yet… come back before the event to download the full price list.

If you spot any traders not sticking to our price lists and charging more then please let us know by telling a steward/security staff or making a note of it at the information tent. It would help if you have any photos and can send them to us if needed (if you leave your contact details) or the name of the trader. 

Bars At The Festival

There are several bars in the Arena, a bar in the white campsite and a carry-out bar by Reaper’s Bridge.

All of our bars work on a cash only basis.

New for 2014: The bars will now be open on the Wednesday for Early Bird ticket holders, and then again from around 12 midday on the Thursday for all general Weekend ticket holders.

In order to speed up the service and to keep our queues moving, our Main Stage right and left bars will not be serving spirits. The bar located by the Radio 1 NME Stage will serve the full range of drinks.

The White campsite bar will also continue to serve real ales this year.

Camping Stoves

For various reasons and in line with our gas canister policy, we will not permit any gas canisters, nitrous oxide, cylinders or petrol cookers into the campsites, or anywhere on site. This is mainly for your own, and our staff’s safety, something which we won’t compromise on! The NHS and Gas Safety Register created some helpful guides on camping stove safety which can be viewed HERE.

We recommend that if you want to cook outside your tent, that you bring disposable BBQ’s only. They are available via our onsite traders and at nearby local supermarkets. Anyone seen with canisters or cylinders will be ejected from site. Please help up with this, plan ahead and have a great camping experience.

The caravan and campervan ticket holders only will be permitted to bring in gas containers up to the limit of 6kg.

NOT ALLOWED:
GAS CANISTERS (any size) [this includes nitrous oxide, or similar, capsules]
PETROL BURNER
ANY FORM OF AEROSOL OVER 250ml

ALLOWED:
GREENHEAT Base Camp Cooker
SOLID FUEL STOVES
DISPOSABLE BARBEQUES
FIRELIGHTERS / FIRELIGHTER STOVES
METHYLATED / “TRANGIA” SPIRIT STOVES

We recommend bringing:

The Green Heat base camp cookers and fuels. You can buy these from camping shops or online.

Fuel4 provide a renewable bio-ethanol gel fuel for cooking outdoors.

        

Paired with efficient cook sets, Fuel4 offer a safer and easy to use option for cooking at the festival.

Available at GO Outdoors.  

http://www.gooutdoors.co.uk/camping/cooking/fuel4
www.fuel4.co.uk

 

 

Food & Drink You Can Bring

Only food for personal consumption may be brought into the Arena. There are plenty of traders at the festival selling food & drink, in both the Arena and the campsites (see our Food Traders section).

No glass is allowed anywhere in the campsites or Arena. Only sealed plastic bottles of water under 500ml size will be allowed into the arena.

As a reminder, please check out our What NOT To Bring section. 

Food Traders

We have hundreds of food traders on site selling a huge variety of food; everything from burgers to baguettes, noodles to milkshakes, cookies to Chinese takeaway, pizzas to ostrich burgers… there is so much to choose from!

The majority of food traders in the campsite are based around our G8 road and the Reaper Bridge area, with some also located outside the Arena Entrances. We’ve got some additional traders located in Brown, Red and White – just to make sure you guys don’t have to walk too far to get something to wake yourself up.

All of our food traders are obliged to abide by the prices that are set with them in advance. There are very few exceptions to this – for example, if a trader is selling premium goods such as organic meats, they may have dispensation to set higher prices.

We always upload a copy of the price list when it is made available closer to the event – if you spot any of the prices being charged on site as being different to those on our price list let us know. You can do this by writing in the complaint book at the Information or Welfare tents. It helps us more if you can write down the name of stall, the time of day, what price you saw for what item and where they were located so we can really pinpoint who it is. By letting us know on site at the time, we can do something about it for the rest of the weekend!

It is also highly recommended that you try and take a photo if you have a camera or phone that is capable of doing so and letting the information tent know – we may contact you directly to use the photos as evidence, so please leave an up-to-date phone number or email address for us to contact you!

Remember to look out, or ask, about anything ingredients you may be allergic to in any trader’s food. They should be able to provide advice before you make any purchase.

We’re always pleased to work with Reading Borough Council’s Environmental Health Officers on their Alfresco Award scheme. Each trader is entered into the award, judged on several aspects including food hygiene, noise at work and much more. We give out a gold, silver and five bronze awards each year out of the hundreds of traders on site – check them all out and give them a try! 

Salvation Army – Food Donations

So you stocked up on 2 minute noodles and beans in a can and didn’t end up eating them? Well, rather than leaving it to end up in the rubbish dump or a landfill site, food drive!

The Salvation Army will be setting up the food drive, so please place any unwanted, unperishable food in packets, bottles, tins or cartons, in the donation bins located at Recycle Exchanges throughout the campsites. There will be around 30 of them all over the site on the Bank Holiday Monday for you to fill up as you are leaving.

Remember that there are people out there who could really benefit from the food you don’t use or want, and we need your help to get it to them. If you leave it on the ground at your camp, then unfortunately it will go to waste and end up in landfill. So please play your part in helping make a Green Reading. Donations will be accepted at The Salvation Army marquee at the festival.

     

Confiscation Policy

Our Confiscation policy may seem a bit dull to most, but it’s very important for us to keep our event safe and ensure that all of you guys have an awesome time.   

Remember to check out our Festival Terms and Conditions HERE – get festival-savvy and help us to report any behaviour you see on site or non-permitted items so we can work to improve our event!

CONDITIONS OF ENTRY

There will be NO RECEIPTS issued for any confiscated items. So please don’t bring it, if you don’t want to lose it!

The following items may not be brought into the site through the campsite gates – that means they’re not allowed on our festival site at all:

  • Aerosols over 250ml
  • Air horns
  • Alcohol in the possession of under 18 year olds
  • All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
  • Any goods for unauthorised trading
  • Any goods with unauthorised Reading/Leeds Festival logos
  • Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Audio recorders
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Excessive amounts of cigarettes
  • Excessive amounts of food
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Generators
  • Glass bottles, jars, containers over 100ml. Items under this measurement, such as small perfume bottles, and mirrors will be permitted.
  • Illegal substances
  • Legal highs
  • Megaphones
  • Portable laser equipment and pens
  • Sound systems
  • Unauthorised professional film or video equipment
  • Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets
  • Firewood and Alcohol after 6pm on Sunday evening only

All items will be confiscated.

You may be searched at the entrances and upon exit from the festival site. This is in line with crime reduction strategies with Thames Valley Police. Any persons suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities onsite may also be searched.

As stated in our list above, excessive amounts of food, cigarettes and alcohol will be refused entry to the site. Please only bring enough for personal consumption.

No animals are allowed onsite at all, with the exception of registered guide dogs.

We often get asked about what is permitted as we know the above can seem daunting and confusing, so we’ve made a helpful guide below of what will be allowed in through our campsite gates:

  • Aerosols less than 250ml
  • Alcohol (not contained in glass bottles) in the possession of over 18yr olds
  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs
  • Firelighter stoves
  • Fitted gas canisters/cylinders in campervans
  • Flags
  • Glass under 100ml – such as small perfume bottles and mirrors.
  • Green Heat base camp cooker
  • Methylated spirit stoves
  • Solid fuel stoves

Whilst the short list above are permitted in our campsites, there are some which are not permitted into the Arena. These are as follows:

  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves (see below)
  • Drinks bottles **

You can either take these items back to your tent or use the left luggage facility near Reapers Bridge. If you refuse to do either, these items will be confiscated.

** Sealed plastic water/soft drinks bottles 500ml and under; and food for personal consumption may be brought into the Arena.

Cameras are normally permitted for personal use. This now includes digital cameras with a detachable lens. Professional cameras and video/audio equipment are strictly prohibited. Live video/audio recordings made without the permission of the artiste/promoter are prohibited.

ID and Over 18s Wristband

We have a Challenge 21 policy on site and our bar staff will always ask for a proof of age ID whenever any customer appears to be under the age of 21. Proof of the attainment of 18 years of age will be required before you are able to buy alcohol or tobacco.

We know it’s a nightmare to have to carry around your photo ID with you all the time, so consider picking up one of our Over 18s wristbands. This is accepted by our bars, cigarette stalls and the supermarkets on site and is available from the Over 18s tent based by Reaper Bridge.

Please note that if there is any doubt on the age of the customer and there is no photo ID to support the age, then they will be refused service. The onus is on the individual to demonstrate unequivocally that they are 18 years old or over and if the individual cannot do so they will not be served. The customer will also be asked for photo ID if the over 18 wristband appears to be tampered with.

The following photo IDs are accepted on site:

1. A passport

2. An EU photocard driving licence

3. A proof of age card bearing a PASS hologram

4. A Ministry of Defence identity card

5. A National Identity card issued by an EU member state.

The opening times for the Over 18s wristband tent will be:

Wednesday - 12 midday – 10pm

Thursday – Saturday 10am – 10pm

Sunday – 10am – 6pm

Please note – it is just as illegal for you to purchase alcohol or tobacco for someone who is under 18, as it is for buying it yourself if you are under 18. You will be evicted from site and may be handed over to the police if you are caught doing either. 

Our Festival Terms & Conditions

We want to ensure that everyone who visits is kept safe and enjoys every aspect of the event.

As you agree to our Terms and Conditions upon purchasing a ticket and upon entry to the site, it is really important you take the time to read these and get to grips with them.

Our Confiscation Policy and Eviction Policy are just as important and we don’t want anyone to lose any precious or expensive belongings because they aren’t permitted on site, nor do we want anyone to be gutted missing the rest of the event after being ejected for inappropriate and/or dangerous behaviour. Check both out in their independent sections on our website!

It is worth reading them even if you think they don’t include you, or you’ve been visiting for many years – you can help us by reporting non-permitted items and anti-social or worrying behaviour to our staff, who’ll work with our policies to improve the festival experience. 

Please click to download the Reading 2014 documents:

2014 Terms & Conditions

2014 Conditions Of Sale 

2014 Campervan Terms & Conditions

DO NOT BRING ILLEGAL DRUGS OR LEGAL / HERBAL HIGHS TO THE FESTIVAL. YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM THE EVENT AND MAY BE HANDED OVER TO THE POLICE.

Legal and herbal highs

If you look at the packaging you will see that legal/herbal highs are sold with “not for human consumption” marked on the packet. There is good reason for this - their contents are toxic, even the plant based ones, they are untested on humans and they do kill.   68 people died from taking them in 2012.

We don’t sell them on site and we ban them from the event, as they are unpredictable and can be dangerous.   

Our medics and the local hospital may not know how best to treat you, as it may not be clear what you have digested.

Please don’t be fooled that they are safe to bring to the event.  

Click HERE to be taken to our Confiscations Policy section.

Note: There will be NO RECEIPTS issued for any confiscated items. So please don’t bring it, if you don’t want to lose it!! 

Supermarkets At The Festival

To save you going off site, there are three supermarkets located right within our campsites, selling convenience foods. Everything from snacks, pies/pastries, chilled drinks, fresh daily bread and milk,newspapers, beer/lager/cider, toiletries, pharmacy, toilet rolls, general grocery, fresh sliced meats, bacon, sausage, butter and cheeses, deli counter and cigarettes.

They are located in the following campsite areas:

  • A large supermarket in the village area of Yellow campsite, near our Arena Entrance 2
  • A small supermarket in White campsite
  • A small supermarket at the entrance to Brown campsite from purple

NB: The smaller supermarket will stock a selection of these items listed.

Both supermarkets will offer a card payment facility (minimum purchase £5) with cash back. A transaction fee of £1 for all card purchases applies.

Please note that we are not providing free toilet roll in our campsites this year, so you should make sure you bring what you need or pick some up at our supermarkets!

Water Points

There are hundreds of tested drinking water points throughout the campsite and the Arena which are free to use. We recommend carrying around a small drinks bottle (under 250ml) to continue filling up throughout the day to stay hydrated, especially in hot weather.

If you notice any issue with our water points, such as flooding or the tap simply not working, please let a member of staff know so that they can get it fixed. 

Please do not wash your hair with the water points. These can cause the run off to get bunged up and then we end up with flooding, with the water point out of use. There are free, hot showers available on Baker Lane in Yellow campsite and White campsite which are much better! 

What Not To Bring

We've got some conditions that you need to know about before you come to the festival. Have a read of what you can't bring below; our Confiscation Policy is important. It helps us to keep the festival safe and makes sure that all of you guys have an awesome time.

Remember to check out our Festival Terms and Conditions before you pack for the event. 

Any items we take away from you will be destroyed and not returned after the festival, so please don’t bring anything that we list below if you don’t want to lose it!

The following items cannot be brought into the festival through the campsite gates – that means they’re not allowed on our festival site at all:

  • Aerosols over 250ml
  • Air horns
  • Alcohol in the possession of under 18 year olds
  • All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
  • Any goods for unauthorised trading
  • Any goods with unauthorised Reading/Leeds Festival logos
  • Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
  • Audio recorders
  • Chinese lanterns
  • Excessive amounts of alcohol
  • Excessive amounts of cigarettes
  • Excessive amounts of food
  • Fireworks
  • Flares
  • Generators
  • Glass bottles, jars, containers
  • Illegal substances
  • Legal highs
  • Megaphones
  • Portable laser equipment and pens
  • Sound systems – this includes any equipment with speakers
  • Unauthorised professional film or video equipment
  • Unofficial tabards and reflective jackets
  • Firewood and Alcohol after 6pm on Sunday evening only

If you bring any of the above items into the festival, they will be taken away from you.

You may be body searched when entering and leaving the festival site. This is in line with crime reduction strategies with Thames Valley Police. Anyone suspected of carrying items that may be used in an offensive or dangerous manner, or carrying out illegal activities at the festival may also be searched.

As stated in our list above, excessive amounts of food, cigarettes and alcohol will be refused entry to the site. Please only bring enough for just you and your friends.

No animals are allowed at the festival at all, apart from registered guide dogs.

We often get asked about what is allowed as we know the above can seem daunting and confusing, so we’ve made a helpful guide below of what will be allowed through our campsite gates:

  • Aerosols less than 250ml
  • Alcohol (not allowed in glass bottles) in the possession of over 18yr olds
  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs
  • Firelighter stoves
  • Fitted gas canisters/cylinders in campervans
  • Flags
  • Green Heat base camp cooker
  • Methylated spirit stoves + one spare small bottle of meths spirit
  • Solid fuel stoves
  • Umbrellas

While the short list above are allowed into our campsites, there are some which are not allowed into the Arena where the stages are. These are as follows:

  • Cans
  • Disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves (see below)
  • Drinks bottles **
  • Umbrellas

You can either take these items back to your tent or use the left luggage facility near Reapers Bridge. If you refuse to do either, these items will be taken away.

** Sealed plastic water/soft drinks bottles 500ml and under; and food for personal consumption may be brought into the Arena.

Cameras are normally permitted for personal use. This now includes digital cameras with a detachable lens. Professional cameras and video/audio equipment are not allowed. Live video/audio recordings made without the permission of the artiste/promoter are are also forbidden.