22 Aug - 24 Aug 2014 (5 nights stay) || Reading
The UK's biggest three-day rock festival, Reading Festival commands a heavyweight reputation for putting on the biggest and best contemporary rock acts each year, and is always an explosive finale to the UK summer festival season.
Starting life as a jazz, blues and folk festival in 1971, the event mutated into a prog rock and heavy metal event in the 70s and 80s before Mean Fiddler Music Group seized its reigns in 1989, injecting a new lease of life and reinventing Reading as the unrivalled alternative/ indie/ punk/ metal festival we all know and love today. Recent headliners have included Muse, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Pixies and The Darkness with the Sunday night traditionally reserved for more legendary acts, such as Pearl Jam, Iron Maiden and Metallica.
Since 1999, it has formed the southern half of 'The Carling Weekend', the only three-day dual site music festival in the world, with its younger sister - Leeds Festival.
Campsite and Arrival
Podpads will be situated in the WHITE Campsite. We will be in the camping field next to the Shuttle Boat Service port and the Pedestrian Bridge which takes you over the river to the Brown campsite, allowing for a shorter walk to the festival arena.
After entering through White Gate follow the track way towards the Pedestrian Bridge.
The WHITE campsite is on the north side of the river from the main festival site near Caversham. If driving please purchase a WHITE car park ticket from the Reading Festival website and follow the White Campsite signage through Reading town centre.
If you park in another colour car park or are coming by public transport then you will have a bit of a walk. Follow the signs through the campsites to the White Campsite.
Podpads reception will be ready for when the festival opens which is expected to be 6pm Wednesday for guests that have purchased the early bird tickets and 8am Thursday otherwise. We ask guests to depart by 10am Monday.
In the Podpads area you'll find a wealth of facilities to make your stay with us as enjoyable and comfortable as possible. This includes:- Serviced and cleaned toilets, hot private showers, pot washing and a pamper parlour (hair straighteners, hair dryers and mirrors). There is 24 hour Security on this site.
During the festival the Podpads reception will be open in the morning and late afternoon or at the times specified on the blackboard.
When the reception is open there will be free tea, coffee and squash. Phone charging from normal 240V electric will also be available so please bring your normal phone charger.
For general questions and answers about the podpadding experience view our full FAQ.