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Reading & Leeds Festivals revealed the BBC Music Introducing Stage line up

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Today, Tuesday 9 July, Reading & Leeds Festivals revealed the BBC Music Introducing Stage line up that will showcase the best in UK emerging talent, as well as Dance To The Radio names and Piccadilly Party, for Leeds Festivalgoers only. Limited weekend and day tickets are available at www.readingandleedsfestival.com.

Since first arriving at Reading & Leeds Festivals in 2008, the BBC Music Introducing stage has offered a unique experience to bands and festivalgoers alike, with an array of untapped talent and a history of secret sets. The number of bands who have worked their way up through the stages after having their first taste of a big stage experience at these festivals has this year risen to around 41% of the total line up including headliners The 1975, plus Royal Blood, Yungblud, Milk Teeth, Pale Waves, Mura Masa, Slowthai, Chvrches, and more. This highlights the importance of BBC Music Introducing nurturing and championing the promising talent throughout the country and finding headliners of the future with festivals like Reading and Leeds.

Headlining the BBC Music Introducing Stage at Reading on Friday 23 August and Leeds on Saturday 24 August are Leeds’s own upbeat indie-pop masters Marsicans whose driving, harmony-laden sound and hard-hitting live shows are earning them a reputation as an emerging force in British music. Joining them are Olivia NelsonBlackwatersDo NothingInka UpendoSPINNCaswellHyphenRoyls, and Swimming Girls.

IshaniCharlotteAlfie TemplemanFEETLe BoomHMD and Larkins will perform at Reading on Saturday 24 August and Leeds on Sunday 25 August, with the fierce, raspy-voiced rock artist LION headlining the stage.

Raucous grunge rock three-piece The Mysterines will headline the BBC Music Introducing Stage on Friday 23 August in Leeds and Sunday 25 August in Reading, bringing their high-energy, angsty protests and catchy melodies aplenty. Kid Kapichi,BalconyKofi StoneThe ExtonsLavzVC PinesPrima, and Leeds own Talkboy will also be performing.

Local record label Dance To The Radio will make a welcome return to Leeds Festival to kick start the weekend on Thursday 22 August with their specially curated line up including Easy LifewhenyoungIndoor PetsBILK,and DJ Jacky P performing. In a Leeds Festival exclusive to the infamous Piccadilly Party, the lads from TPD TV return to DJ on the Thursday night.

Further appearances at both sites will come from the likes of mesmerising American singer-songwriter Two Feet who will make his Reading & Leeds debut, as well as hypnotic YouTube sensation Poppy with her musical influence from kooky computer-game synth-pop, with the odd bit of metal thrown in as a special guest on The Pit – expect an altogether outlandish performance not to be missed. Added to the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage are the in-demand London DJ Amy Becker, and Communion signed Allan Rayman, plus the ever-growing indie favourites Vistas have been added to the Festival Republic Stage. Radiant Macclesfield calypso-rock band Cassia, and West London’s alt-rock trio Mantra have also been confirmed to join the line up at Reading Festival only.

Boasting a ban of single-use plastic cutlery, containers and straws from its traders, caterers, and bars since 2009, Reading & Leeds Festival aims to be greener than ever. Julie’s Bicycle has awarded Leeds Festival a 4-star Creative Green result for the second year in a row, plus the festivals won the award for Best Festival at the Creative Green Awards 2018. Total waste has decreased by over 40% since 2009, and last year, Leeds used 18,000 litres of biofuel made from waste vegetable oil.

Reading & Leeds will be using recycled plastic water bottles (rPET) this year and aims to be single use plastic free by 2021.  It is also recommended that festiva lgoers bring their own refillable bottle as there are numerous free water points around the festival.  We have advised that festival goers say no to single use plastic and buy a good tent that can be taken home and reused, as an average tent is the equivalent to 8750 plastic straws or 250 plastic pint cups. Free festival merchandise, or 2020 festival tickets are up for grabs by using the Nifty Bin Recycling Points in the campsites and the Greenpeace Deposit Return Points give £1 for every 10 pint cups or rPET water bottles returned. As well as this it is encouraged that festivalgoers travel by coach or train to reduce their carbon footprint, as Big Green Coach have 39 pick-up locations, and shuttles operate to and from the train station to make is easy for everyone.

Fans can be the first to hear further line-up announcements, artist news and much more by signing up to the newsletters at www.readingfestival.com and www.leedsfestival.com or via the official Reading & Leeds Festival app, available to download now on Android and iOS.

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Anger over 30mph speed limit drop at Portman Rd

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As we mentioned back in September, Portman Rd has reduced the speed limit


Reading west motorists are angered by the Reading Council’s decision to lower the speed limit at Portmand road, where the 40mph limit has been replaced by a 30mph limit.

All the 40mph signs located at Portmand road has been removed but not replaced with 30mph which is giving drivers mixed messages about the correct speed limit on the road causing many being fined.

Some drivers have expressed concern there is no indication the speed limit has changed or signs highlighting the changes.
why wasn’t the temporary signage put up when the 40 signs taken down?
Allowing time for drivers to adjust?? So, why was there a police speed camera on Portman Road yesterday??

How are people supposed to know this who don’t have social media to say so? It’s a very confusing situation… what exactly is the time allowed for adjustment? What speed are the camera’s enforcing? In my view this transition has been very poorly organised.

@ReadingCouncil so it would appear that you delightful bunch have reduced Portman Road from a 40mph limit to a 30mph limit. Where are the signs on the road indicating that this has changed? That is proper sneaky!!!! There’s a reason everyone has such a low opinion of you lot

A council spokesman previously told us: “Portman Rd is now the national urban speed limit of 30mph, by virtue of the fact the 40mph signs have been removed. Only limits other than 30 are signed in urban areas. We will however put temporary signage in shortly. As with any speed change, time allowed for drivers to adjust.

As of today we have not seen any temporary signage at Portman Rd.

As another motorist told us this transition has been very poorly organised.”

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Overgrown weeds across Reading west

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Unfortunately, weed growth this year has been prolific in all areas across Reading. Reading Council have several complaints to address this problem which they may have been unheard. This week the council started to apply weed killer and clear out the kerbs.

Unfortunately, weed growth this year has been prolific in all areas across Reading. Reading Council have several complaints to address this problem which they may have been unheard. This week the council started to apply weed killer and clear out the kerbs.

The grass cutting services are designed to meet safety needs while providing value for money and increasing bio-diversity.

Scheduling grass cutting is a difficult balancing act, as growth is so dependent on seasonal factors, such as rain and sunshine.

However, nationally-recognised guidance suggests five cuts in urban areas would achieve a reasonable balance between maintaining the street scene and ensuring highway safety and this seesm to dont have been the case in some of ours roads.

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Summer Screens coming to an end till next summer

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Summer Screens has been leading the way in open air cinema since 2011, bringing our unique events to some of the country’s most beautiful and unusual locations, offering the definitive outdoor cinema experience.

Still time to experience this magnificent outdoor cinema

Caversham Court, Reading

Church Road
Caversham
Reading
RG4 7AD

Doors open: 7.30pm
Film start: 9.15pm

Please be aware that all guests under 18 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.Unfortunately  no children or infants under 5 years old are permitted.

Ticket & Seating Options
For further information on ticket and seating choices, please visit our ticket options page.

Food & Drink
Summer Screens bar is available at all our events and serves a range on alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and cinema snacks including wine, prosecco, craft beers, tea, coffee and popcorn.

Questions?
Please see our FAQ page.

How to get here
On Foot: For the venue location, please see the map opposite.
Parking: For local parking information, please visit Parkopedia
Trains: For train information, please click here.

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