Can you believe that Reading and Leeds Fest is next week? No, us neither.

It seems only yesterday that we were marvelling over the first lineup announcements for this year and now it’s come to that time of the year where we wanna help you out, make sure you know about some of the alternative offerings the festival has to offer… not to mention make sure that you are all clued up on the absolute essentials to take (or not take) to the festival.

RELENTLESS STAGE 

The Relentless stage is back for yet another year at Reading and Leeds… and it kicks off a day early! (Thursday)

Since it’s arrival back in 2014, the Relentless stage has always been one to bring a diverse range of acts from a variety of genres from electronic to grime, to the festival and this year does not look set to disappoint.

Only the Leeds Thursday lineup has been announced so far, but Reading goers hold on to your hats, as if yours is anything like the Leeds one it’s sure to be phenomenal. The likes of Mistajam, Rude Kid, Izzie Gibbs, Tieks, The Heavytrackerz and… wait for it, Devlin will be performing, what a way to kick off the festival!

Dance To The Radio (Leeds)

That’s not all the fun that Thursday has to offer those at the Leeds site however, as Dance To The Radio are bringing the goods, putting on The Pigeon Detectives, High Tyde, Marsicans, Fling and Dead Nakes Hippies, not to mention there will be Dance To The Radio DJ’s on hand to supply you with all of your favourite festival tunes.

 

 

 

THE APP

Having just come back from Boardmasters where they too have introduced a festival app, we are safe in the knowledge that this is an absolute must have. Full of all the information you could possibly need about the weekend and all of it’s acts, the app will also allow you to plan you weekend with a very helpful ‘favourite’ function. Gone are the days where you lose track of time and miss acts that you really wanted to see – as the app will be on hand to give you a friendly 15 minute reminder before each of your ‘favourited’ acts! Sounds perfect, right?

COMEDY

We all enjoy a laugh or two, especially during a weekend of festival fun. Luckily for us all, there’s a whole range of comedians on hand to ensure that you definitely have a chuckle or two across the weekend. From Bill Bailey to Simon Amstell, Katherine Ryan to Josie Long whatever your sense of humour there is guaranteed to be at least one or two acts that will tickle your fancy.

 

DEFINITELY NOT PINEAPPLES

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock the past few days, you might have seen some kerfuffle over pineapples being banned from Reading and Leeds… Pineapples have always been one to cause a spot of bother in the music world – does everyone remember that Calvin Harris pineapple incident? – but, this time it is down to another culprit. Glass Animals fans have been known to bring many a pineapple with them to their set and the big bosses at R+L are concerned to say the least. However… they didn’t say anything about pineapple costumes…

 

FREE WEETABIX ON THE GO

We’ve all been there in the morning at a festival where you’re a bit dazed, not quite sure where you are, but you do know that you need some food and fast. Well lucky R+L goers, Weetabix have got you covered this year. They’ll be delivering FREE, ice cold bottles of Weetabix on the go to you, right outside your tent door. There’ll also be Weetabix hubs where you can pick up a free bottle, so never fear if you sleep through the breakfast run…

For more information, please visit here for Leeds Fest and here for Reading.