Late bus home for festival fans
Published 21 Aug 2012 12:40 1 Comment
READING'S music fans will be able to catch the last bus home when this weekend's festival finishes on Sunday night.
For the first time in Reading Festival history partied-out revellers can watch Foo Fighters headline the Main Stage in the knowledge they can beat the crowds and get buses across town in the early hours of Monday morning.
From 2.30am Reading Buses will be running X5 services to Whitley Wood, Northumberland Avenue and Kennet Island, to Reading University, Lower Earley and Woodley on the X21, and Southcote, Beansheaf and Calcot on the X26 - with timetables available on the Reading Buses website.
The number 98 bus to Reading Station will run every 30 minutes until 4am, when it will switch to a more frequent service from the festival site.
The first music fans will drag their wellies across Little John's Farm in Richfield Avenue from 6pm tomorrow when the gates open for early bird weekend ticket holders.
Standard weekend ticket holders will be pitching up from 8am on Thursday and the rest of the country's festival-goers will arrive on Friday, when the music starts at 11am.
Police are advising everyone to leave all valuables, particularly MP3 players, iPods, iPads and cameras, at home, or make use of on-site lockers, but definitely do not leave them in tents.
Among such rock royalty as headliners The Cure and Kasabian are a host of Berkshire bands including Dry the River on the NME/Radio 1 Stage and Attention Thieves on the BBC Introducing Stage on Friday, and Young Guns who will be on the Festival Republic Stage on Saturday.
Festivalgoers' cars are banned from Richfield Avenue and will be directed to Kings Meadow, where a free ferry will take revellers to the site. Limited parking is also available at Reading's Garrard Street car park, opposite the railway station, from where a free shuttle bus will run to Caversham Road - a five minute walk from the site.
Bus timetables are available at www.reading-buses.co.uk
Rivermead Leisure Centre, next to the site, will again open its café and showers for music fans from 8am-3pm tomorrow (Thursday) until Sunday.
Weather experts expect today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) to be largely dry and sunny, but there is a chance of thundery showers from Friday. Temperatures should stay warm, with highs of 22 degrees Cesius.
The Chronicle team is at the festival from Friday, Tweet us your highlights and follow our updates at @readingchron
This article appeared in Local Berkshire 21 Aug 12
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Aug 21, 15:44
This years line-up is possibly the most dreary yet. Hopefully the weekend's wet weather will wash the dross off stage and make way for the mighty GARY NUMAN at SUB89 September 5th.
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