Festival access reviews

Reading and Leeds Festival

Leeds festival main stage

FESTIVAL: Reading and Leeds

WHERE: Reading – Richfield Avenue Leeds – Bramham Park

WHEN: 21 - 25  August 2024

HEADLINERS: Liam Gallagher, Lana Del Ray, Blink - 182, Fred Again..., Gerry Cinnamon, Catfish & The Bottleman


Reading & Leeds are promoted by Festival Republic, the same guys behind Latitude Festival. To save you having to complete a form for every Festival Republic event you fancy going to disabled people can sign up to join their customer database free of charge.

Once you are on the Festival Republic Disabled Customer Database your details will stay on the system for the next three years.

To join the database select the option when you complete an Access Requirement Form for any Festival Republic event – Please bear in mind you must be over 16 to sign up.

You can apply online for Reading or Leeds completing the relevant forms.

The promoters promise they won’t share your details with any annoying marketing firms.

You will not have to re-join the database until your three year period runs out.

You can’t join the scheme if you have a temporary impairment.

You can join the database whenever you want.

If you are on the Festival Republic Disabled Customer Database you are still required to complete an Access Requirement form (select the ‘I’m on the Database’ option) and bring a photocopy of pictured ID to the event.

For further information please email accessuk@festivalrepublic


You can collect your car pass and wristbands from the check-in desk upon arrival. This is located near the Rivermead Leisure Complex off Richfield Avenue in Reading (and through the Yellow Gate on Thorner Road in Leeds) Your PA will be handed a laminate opposed to a wristbands which allows you to take different guests onto the viewing areas one at a time. At Reading after you have picked up your passes/ wristbands you will be in easy reach of the Main arena via Mike Gate which is the easiest access point to and from the main festival site.

If you are going to Leeds please be aware Bramham Park can be quite steep in places, although the arena itself is situated on a flat surface.

The accessible campsites open their gates at 9am Wednesday morning. Each party must not exceed four people and one car. If you wish to camp in a larger group you will need to make your way to the public campsites. In Reading the campsite will be overlooked by Attitude is Everything.

As for parking you can leave your car on the grass allowing you just a short walk to pitch up your tent. If you are staying in a campervan you must have purchased a permit in advance and please note your gas container must weigh less than 7kg.

Accessible toilets can be found at all toilet blocks on site, viewing platforms, welfare tents (located in the Yellow campsite at Reading and the Village Area at Leeds) and the accessible campsites at both sites. Accessible showers can also be located in the disabled campsites and if you are going to Reading those with disabled wristbands may use the facilities at the Rivermead Leisure Complex for free.

Reading & Leeds provide one of the most impressive services when it comes to viewing platforms. You will find 2 at the Main stages and NME/ Radio 1 stages & a platform at the BBC Radio 1 Dance stage, Festival Republic Stage, BBC Radio 1xtra stage/ Cinema, Lock UP/Pit stage and the Alternative Stage giving you fantastic view of the stages.

For more information contact the promoters at: Festival Republic, 19-25 Argyll St, Soho, London W1F 7TS. Fax Number: 0870 094 9100


Reading Taxi’s – 0118 956 1010, 1st Class Cars – 08455 555 555, 1st Royal Cars – 0118 9502 502 or Just Cars – 0118 950 0400.

Leeds Taxi’s - Amber Cars – 0113 2022 117 or City Cabs Leeds – 0113 246 9999.

If you are taking National Express and require any form of special assistance its best to give them a ring in advance on 08457 818179 between 8am – 8pm.


Bonnie Tyler, Daphne and Celeste, Good Charlotte, 50 Cent and Panic! at the Disco have all been bottled off stage at Reading. Somebody actually threw a paddling pool at 5o Cent!

In 2008 an unsigned act played the BBC introducing Stage at Reading, going by the name ‘The FF’ers’ the crowd thought it was going to a be surprise Foo Fighters gig. It wasn’t – so the band were bottled by 3,000 people.




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