The ultimate Reading Festival 2019 FAQ
With less than 1 month to go, it’s only normal that you’ve got questions about the festival. That’s why we’re here to put your mind at rest. Don’t know what to bring? Not sure where to go? We’ve got your back.
Read some of our frequently asked questions below.
What are the prohibited items in the campsite?
We’re glad you asked. Click here to see a list of everything you can and can’t bring into the Arena and Campsites at Reading Festival 2019.
Can under 18’s camp at the festival?
Sure! If you’re lucky enough to be 15 or under, you must be accompanied by a ticket holder over the age of 18 years old at all times.
I bought an Early Entry ticket, what time can I enter the site?
Early Entry tickets are valid from 6pm on Wednesday, 21st August for people who want to set up camp early.
Will you be releasing more Early Entry tickets?
Afraid not my friend, our camping fields are bursting at the seams!
How do I become a volunteer?
For all volunteering, you’ll need to be 18 or over by the time you arrive at the festival site, have proof you’re able to work within the UK and be available to work the shift allocated to you. Get more information about our Campsite and Arena volunteers here.
Will there be meet and greets with the artists?
The BBC Signing Tent will be back for 2019, keep an eye on the website when we announce who’s going to be there closer to the festival.
Can I still buy Instalment Plan tickets?
You’re too late to the party, hun. Instalment Plans for 2019 are no longer available.
When do we find out what time artists are playing?
Set times are now available in the official Reading Festival app. Favourite the acts you don’t want to miss and we’ll send you a notification 15 mins before they hit the stage.
How do we know which area we’re camping in?
Unless you’ve booked luxury camping you’re able to choose which area you camp in, as long as there’s enough space. Luxury camping has designated campsites which will be clearly distinguishable on our maps which are releases closer to the time.
When should our tickets arrive?
Tickets will be posted out closer to the festival, in some cases, these might not be with you until up to 5 working days before the festival.
Can I drive to the festival and park?
You sure can, if travelling by car please car share to full up any of your empty seats. Car sharing will help you save money and reduce the amount of traffic on the roads, helping the environment.
Weekend and Day Ticket car parks are now SOLD OUT for this year.
Please see alternative car parks below.
Q-Park Chatham Place is located in the heart of Reading city centre, just a short walk away from Broad Street Mall and The Hexagon. Click here to purchase and get 20% with code READFEST20.
Broad Street Mall
This car park cannot be booked in advance. The price is £20 for weekend parking. On arrival, you must take your ticket to the parking office and have it validated to get the cheaper price. This car park is first come first served.
Are there showers or phone chargers?
Yes and yes! There are free showers on site, so you don’t have to wet wipe yourself for the whole weekend if you don’t have to. These will be clearly marked on our festival map, which will be released nearer the time.
Charge Candy will be with us on site once again – pre-order your festival charging here to make sure you never run out of juice over the whole weekend.
Can we bring alcohol into the Main Arena?
Afraid not, over 18s can bring alcohol for personal consumption into the campsites as long as this is decanted into plastic bottles. Glass is not allowed in the campsites or Main Arena. 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.
Are there bag restrictions again this year?
Yes, we take the security and safety of our festival-goers very seriously – it is a real priority.
Please help us by bringing as little as possible and remember we do not allow bags larger than A4 into the arena. Please be patient while we carry out our security checks and searches, which take place at the campsite gates, the Arena entrance and may also happen at any time at any location onsite.
Is there a silent disco this year?
There sure is, you’ll be able to party on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in Red and Orange campsites and Friday, Saturday and Sunday at The Alternative Stage.
Now we’ve answered all those very important questions, why not sort yourself out with tickets to this year’s festival? No one wants to be that one left at home when all your friends are shouting Shalom Jackie in a field.