Best Music Festivals near Reading

Summer is among us, and that means the festival season is here. To gear you up for four months of fun, sun and mud, we’ve put together your ultimate music festival guide for 2017. If you’re looking for musical mayhem in a field near Reading this summer, we’ve got you covered.

Check out the best music festivals near Reading using our music festival calendar. . See you down there!

Blissfields 6th – 8th July (Winchester) – CANCELLED
The festival caters for everyone needs and offers a great selection of different camping areas and options. There’s are spacious areas for families to camp as well as areas for you to set live in vehicles down for the weekend. There’s also general camping areas for those bringing the own tent and even boutique camping for those like want a bit of luxury. At the festival you’ll find a number of different stages, food stalls and craft tents, swell as a area for kids with a number of different activities. There’s even a babies and toddlers care tent which has all sorts of activities this year such as sing songs, baby sign and even baby yoga.

Blissfields take all the best aspects of Bestival and Glastonbury, but takes it to down a notch in a more secluded, intimate and cosy setting.

Cornbury Music Festival 7th – 9th July (Oxfordshire)
The organiser of a major musical festival in Oxfordshire has announced next year’s event will be the last.
The three-day event, which takes place at Great Tew, near Chipping Norton will celebrate one last year, before packing up for good.

Attracting tens of thousands of music lovers, celebrities, Royals and even the former Prime Minister David Cameron, Cornbury Music Festival it has been one of Timbageek’s favourites.

Cornbury Music Festival (also known as “Poshstock” because of its well-heeled clientele began in 2004 and has seen appearances from Amy Winehouse, Blondie, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison and most recently Seal and All Saints.

This year you can expect artists of the calibre of UB40, Alanis Morissette, and Squeeze, plus Caro Emerald, Deacon Blue, Zucchero, Jimmy Cliff, Stereo MC’s, Mavis Staples, Amy MacDonald, Nina Nesbitt, Pixie Lott, PP Arnold, and many more.

Reading west will be there to support what has been one of the best Festivals in UK

Let’s all support 2018 “The Return of the Original Cornbury Music Festival”

Truck Festival 21st – 23rd July (Oxfordshire)
Founded in 1998, Truck Festival is in its 18th year and, after its immense success in 2015, has now added an extra day to their weekend, welcoming families, teenagers, adults, newcomers and their loyal fans. They’ve already had double the amount of tickets sold currently than in 2015, only going to prove how in demand Truck Festival is, and this may have something to do with the amazing line up they’ve got in store for us this year.

The weekend’s atmosphere is incredible. With under-12s entering the festival for free, the festival family scene was big. With a fully stocked children’s tent, and Mussel Beach, the festival was ideal for families of a range of ages.

2018’s festival sees Friendly Fires, George Ezra, Courteeners, Jake Bugg, Editors and The Amazons all perform, plus many more.

This is a lovely weekend to hang out with friends in the sunshine, whilst listening to music and watching the children play until they fell asleep exhausted.

Womad Festival 26 July – 29th (Wiltshire)
A music feast that will truly open up your kids’ eyes and ears to the world we live in. Performers hail from anywhere and everywhere: Cuba, Turkey, Honduras, the Congo, Bangladesh, the list is endless. Take the little ones on a round the world trip without the expense or the long haul flight. There are many family friendly festivals to choose from, so you’re going to have to make a call, and it’s a tough one. There are kids and adult workshops on world food, drumming and more plus special kids workshops creating artwork for the final procession. Under 13’s go free (mine is 7)

Countryfile Live 2rd – 5th August  (Oxfordshire)
As BBC’s Countryfile fans we are very exciting to know that the their live event at is back to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s Blenheim this summer – read on for full details, including how to get tickets.

Packed with wholesome countryside fun, BBC Countryfile Live returns to the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace for four days of live arena shows, hands on activities, animal displays, debates, food, drink and shopping.

With a whole host of exciting new attractions for 2018, the show brings together everything visitors cherish about our countryside, from wildlife and farming, to outdoor pursuits and food, for everyone to enjoy.

Boomtown Fair – 9th -12th August (Winchester)
Boomtown continues its internal festival narrative, loaded as always with metaphorical madness about independence and rebellion.

Above is their round up video from this years festival, which played with a theatrical theme of how power corrupts the mighty. The clip features a masked man making some seriously on point statements and a whole blast of festival flavor.

Fronted by one of the masters of technical electronic music Tipper, the annual August weekender in Winchester is once again looking like a must-attend event. With a range of House, Techno, Bass, Garage, Electro, hip-hip, indie, pop, grime, reggae, dubstep, and more and beyond into more experimental forms that Boomtown prides itself on – whatever your preferred flavour – there’s plenty for everyone.

Confirmed acts include Gorillaz (with a UK exclusive show) plus Die Antwoord, Limp Bizkit, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Jimmy Cliff, Amadou & Mariam, Sleaford Mods, Enter Shikari, Skatalites, Morcheeba, Goldie & The Heritage Ensemble, Soul II Soul, Spice, Shy Fx Presents: Cult.ure, Groundation, Billy Bragg, Maribou State, Omar Souleyman, Dubioza Kolektiv, Fishbone, Nadine Shah, The Selecter, Bilal, Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart, Fantastic Negrito, The Herbaliser, Stereo MC’s, Dead Kennedys, and loads more.

Reading Festival – 24th – 26th August
The last couple of years I have found myself being a little excited of Reading Festival. Why? For the simple reason that the bands playing, especially the headliners, have really captured my idea of what Reading Festival is- first and foremost a Music festival.

This year I was thrilled when Kendrick Lamar, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy were all announced, not only are they bands who have proved they deserve to be up there with their constant and expanding fanbases, but they bring me back to the idea of how I see Reading, a place where I could catch big acts I really admire among fans not just from my town (Reading) but others too and just take it all in in a special environment.
There’s still a wide mix of bands on various other stages, but the main stage has been preserved for acts who deserve to be there.