Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Stampede For Reading Festival

3,500 Reading Festival Tickets have gone on sale to local residents ahead of widespread release, just as the headliners are confirmed.

Reports of overnight queuing at the Hexagon and in the Oracle heightened the sense of anticipation of the annual cultural highlight.

10-time veteran festival-goer Jim Beeer is less than impressed with the bands scheduled.

He comments that Guns'n'Roses are a long way from being the same band they were 20 years ago when they were at their peak, while several of the other main attractions send him headed in the other direction at a quick lick.

Jim even goes so far as to say he's looking forward to going somewhere other than Reading for August Bank Holiday.

But that hasn't stopped Sophie Rose from squealing with excitement about getting her tickets as she gets caught up in whirl and commitment of her first festival.

John McGarvey at Reading Roars noted that the increased capacity of the event has ensured locals 'have first dibs' on tickets, but expressed concern about the risk of paying £175 in the expectation of a 'killer headliner' only to be disappointed.

He also warns against buying tickets just on the off-chance, as resale is prohibited and 'ticket touting is evil'.


Update: According to most commentators (Viagogo, Angry Ape, Digital Spy) the highlight of the festival will be the reunion of Pete Doherty and Cal Barat for the first major performances of The Libertines since their acrimonious split in 2004.


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1 comment:

  1. Are you going, OJ? Maybe someone will see you there and take a pic so I can see what you look like. :)


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