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Festival Dates

Reading Festival 2020 will take place on Thursday, 27th – Sunday, 30th August 2020 at Richfield Avenue in Reading.

Age Restrictions

We welcome all ages to the festival. However, there are entry restrictions for under 16s and we do advise not bringing young children. Anyone 15 and under must be accompanied by a ticket holder over 18 years old at all times. Children under 13 years are admitted free. ID may be required upon entry to the event.

Please bring ID if you look under 21 years old and remember that legally there is no automatic right to be served alcohol. Service is always at the discretion of the licensee for whatever reason they decide, and the licensee is under no obligation to explain the reason.

Please bring the original document as you won’t be able to use a photocopied version. If you don’t have any of these, or don’t want to lose valuable documents on site, we suggest that you apply for a PASS approved ID, some of which are free to get.

We do not accept any parental or supervisory duty of care or liability for any under 18’s on site.

Young Children

Whilst we do allow under 13s to attend for free, we do suggest that this event is not suitable for young children. If you do want to bring children along we advise camping in the White Campsite which is expected to be our quietest campsite.

On entering the event, children will be given Tyvek wristbands which have a space on the inside for you to write your name and telephone number (as a parent or guardian). We can use this as a primary contact to reunite you. Replacements can be picked up at the Welfare Tent or the Information Points.

Lost Property

We hope it doesn’t, but if your phone goes for a walk over the weekend, make the situation the best you can by writing down your IMEI number for your phone – on a piece of paper, not in your phone’s notes! – and, if you have an iPhone, install the Find My iPhone app in advance. This will help us help you get your phone back to you.

Not sure how to find your IMEI number? It depends on your phone, but Google has a long list of helpful articles to point you in the right direction.

If you have a lost property enquiry after the event please contact [email protected] or by post to:

WAVES,
PO Box 7058,
Stourport on Severn,
DY13 3DG

Valid ID

The following forms of identification are accepted:

  • A Passport (Not a photocopy)
  • Full Driving Licence or Provisional Licence
  • A Proof of Age Card bearing a PASS hologram
  • A Ministry of Defence identity card
  • A National identity card issued by an EU member state

Please note: This may vary with certain establishments/traders onsite

Lockers

Reading Festival 2020 Lockers are on sale now and you can purchase one here.

All lockers have USB ports for phone charging – only one charging device per locker. Please remember to bring your own USB cable!

Bag Restrictions

Your safety is our priority and we’ve put in place all necessary measures to maximise public safety, working closely with local authorities at the highest level. We ask that you also play a part in keeping Reading Festival safe and secure, so please take note of our messages below, pack accordingly and stay strong together.

All festival-goers will be subject to extra searches of their vehicles, bags and their person. Please be patient if there are longer queues than normal. We request that you cooperate with any security requests and searches. Please pack light!

Bag-Restrictions-2019

CCTV recording is in operation throughout the festival site for public safety and crime prevention.

We strongly advise you do not bring a bag into the Arena as there will be long queues while all bags are searched. If you do wish to bring a bag into the Arena please ensure that it is no bigger than A4 sized 8.27”x11.69”. There is a limited to one A4 sized bag per person permitted into the Arena.

What you can and can’t bring

There will be no receipts issued for any confiscated/surrendered items. You may be searched at the entrances and upon exit from the festival site.

Item Campsite Arena
Aerosols over 250ml No No No No
Air horns and megaphones No No No No
Alcohol for personal consumption
18+ only. Alcohol in the possession of under 18s will be confiscated
Yes Yes (until 6pm on Sunday) No No
All gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide) No No No No
Animals
(other than registered hearing dogs or guide dogs)
No No No No
Any goods for unauthorised trading/with unauthorised Reading/Leeds Festival logos No No No No
Any items which may reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
includes any item which may cause danger, offence or disruption to any other person
No No No No
Audio recorders Yes Yes No No
Bags larger than A4 size (8.27"x11.69") Yes Yes No No
Cameras, film or video equipment
Lenses must be less than 6 inches
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Camping equipment
includes cutlery, tin openers and multi-tools (Weekend Ticket holders only)
Yes Yes No No
Cans Yes Yes No No
Chairs Yes Yes No No
Cigarettes for personal use Yes Yes Yes Yes
Disposable BBQs and permitted cooking stoves
Greenheat Base Camp Cooker, solid fuel stoves, Disposable BBQs, firelighters/firelighter stoves - Meth/trangia spirit stoves
Yes Yes No No
Drinks
We only allow sealed soft drinks under 500ml, as well as empty reusable plastic and metal bottles of any size into the Arena. Please refill your empty bottles at the water points inside the Arena for free.
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Drones No No No No
Firewood No No No No
Fireworks or flares No No No No
Fitted gas canisters/cylinders in campervans Yes Yes No No
Flags Yes Yes No No
Food (for personal consumption only) Yes Yes Yes Yes
Gazebos Yes Yes No No
Glass No No No No
Metal Drinks Bottles
Please refill your empty bottles at the water points inside the Arena for free
Yes Yes Yes Yes
Paper Lanterns No No No No

Terms And Conditions

Please take some time to read our policies before you arrive at the festival.

Pass Out System At The Wristband Gates

If you are planning to re-enter the site after 8pm on Sunday you will only be able to if you have a hand stamp from us, along with your event wristband.  You will need both.

To get the hand stamp, speak to the gate manager before you leave the site.