Reading Festival 2018: Kings of Leon, Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy top the bill
Reading Festival is one of the world's oldest, still-active music festivals, and has featured some of the biggest names in music history, including the Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who and hundreds of other iconic bands. The festival also includes a variety of other performers across the three-day weekend, and draws a total of more than 270,000 music fans.
Always showcasing a wide range of artists great and small, Reading Fest's 2018 line-up does not disappoint. Topping the bill this year are Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon, Courteeners, Wolf Alice, Skepta, and Panic! At The Disco, while other highlights include The Wombats, Sigrid, J Hus, Dua Lipa, Pale Waves, Nothing But Thieves and Annie Mac.
With such a diverse range to choose from there’s bound to be something for all tastes, so grab your Reading Festival tickets at StubHub now – and don't forget your wellies!
Legendary musical performances at Reading Festival
Reading Festival was first held in 1962 in a rugby ground (Athletic Ground, Richmond) and was then called the National Jazz Festival, but its roots can be traced from the famous Beaulieu Jazz Festival in the 1950s. Jazz was the focal point before the festival expanded to include R&B, hard rock, progressive rock, new wave and other genres in the late '60s.
Since then, Reading Festival has hosted hundreds of brilliant performances down the years, with most top artists gracing the stage more than once across decades.
In the '60s, the main stage was host to the electric performances of The Who, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd and Jeff Beck, while the '70s saw the emergence of the new line-up of The Faces (originally The Small Faces) with the addition of Ronnie Wood – who later joined The Rolling Stones – and Rod Stewart. Both came from the blues rock '60s band The Jeff Beck Group, and the Faces performed at the Reading Festival along with The Cure, The Police, Judas Priest, AC/DC, and Patti Smith.
At the height of a musical revolution, the legendary force behind the global phenomenon Live Aid and super group Band Aid, Bob Geldof performed with his band the Boomtown Rats and shared the stage with other notable musicians including Alice Cooper, The Ramones, Iggy Pop, and New Order. Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant performed in the '90s along with Metallica, The Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to name but a few.
Similar events to Reading Festival
As well as checking out Reading Festival tickets at StubHub, why not look into other festival experiences? Sister event Leeds Festival caters for those in the north of the country, while for heavy metal fans, Download Festival is a must.
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