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These Pics Encapsulate Reading Festival Through The Ages

If you missed our exciting news, here it is: CONTIKI IS GOING TO READING FESTIVAL! Yep, it’s a big year for us as we launch Contiki Sounds, a Limited Edition trip themed around music, art and all things cool.

In case you’re not familiar with Reading Festival (AKA as the Reading and Leeds Festival), it’s a not-so-little festival held over three days that also happens to be the world’s oldest festival still in existence! It started in the 1950s as Beaulieu Jazz Festival, before evolving throughout the 60s and 70s into the Reading Festival we know today: a haven of rock, indie, electro and alternative music.

Reading Festival has hosted many of the UK’s most legendary acts over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, The Who, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, The Police, Blur, Muse, The Cure, Radiohead, and Oasis, plus top overseas names like Alice Cooper, Iggy Pop, AC/DC, Metallica, Guns n’ Roses, Eminem, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, blink-182, Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Many of the famous acts have headlined several times over the years, showing that even the geniuses behind the tunes think it’s an epic weekend. It’s considered a bit of a right of passage to attend Reading Festival for young people in the UK and abroad. But how has it changed throughout the years? Well, let’s take a look…

The recognisable yellow and red signage hasn’t changed

Lines to the porta-loos have always been long


The acts have embraced new tech like lights, streamers and fireworks

Reading festival 2017.

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Festival fashion has changed over the years, from simple jeans and tees to the modern era of glitter and dress up

Take me back ? wish it was summer ☀️ #readingfestival

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The campsite remains a fixture, with the sites recognisable as mini tribes for festival goers

No matter what era it is, spending the weekend at Reading is a must-do

We’re super excited to announce the launch of Contiki Sounds, a brand new trip built specifically around the UK music scene, both past and present. Visiting the likes of Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, York and the Lake District, take a walk down the UK’s diverse and legendary musical past before partying like it’s 2018 at Reading Festival for 4 glorious days. With 10-day and 7-day trip options available, this is a unique music led travel experience and THE way to do Reading 2018.