Although the main stages always provide an amazing array of music of entertainment for festival goers, there is so much more to Reading Festival than what first meets the eye. Take your gaze away from the headliners for one moment and you’ll find a whole new world of things to do.
Here are five underrated but brilliant things we experienced at the festival this year.
The Jack Rocks Stage
If you’re camping at the festival, this place is a must see. Stood just on the outskirts of the main arena in the campsite area, this hidden gem of a tent could be easily missed in the excitement to get to the arena but trust us, you’ll want to visit. Not only does this place sell delicious Jack Daniel’s cocktails, there’s always a great line up of the hottest new bands playing whilst you enjoy your drink. You never know, the next time you see them could be on the main stage and you can gloat about practically discovering them. There’s also a (FREE) photobooth in the tent so you can remember the brilliant time you had there – even if you drink too many cocktails.
Comedy On The Alternative Stage
Because Reading Festival isn’t ALL about the music, y’know. This year a whole host of brilliant comedians took to the Alternative Stage to amuse crowds. From Bill Bailey and Simon Amstell to Lloyd Griffith and Joe Lycett there’s always something for everyone here. Be sure to get down there early though if there’s someone you really want to see – the tent fills up pretty fast.
The Signing Tent
It’s one thing heading to the festival to watch some of your favourite bands perform, but what if you could meet them too? The Signing Tent, located next to the Dance Stage is where you need to be! This year saw the likes of Bastille, Neck Deep, PVRIS and The Hunna visit the tent to meet hoards of fans. Make sure you check out the line up next year so you don’t miss your chance to tell your faves exactly how much you love ’em.
If you’re not feeling sick from jumping around in a mosh pit or from drinking a few too many ciders, you can always rely on the funfair to do just that. Not a fan of spinny rides? Don’t worry – there’s a fun house too. Once the sun sets on site, the dazzling ride lights creating amazingly Instagram worthy photos too.
The Samsung Hypercube
This year, Samsung brought an epic 360 infinity selfie HYPERCUBE to the festival. Up to 30 festival goers at a time were able to step inside and create their own 360 degree selfie. Because if there’s one thing better than a normal selfie, it’s one that captures every single one of your best angles. Don’t worry if you missed out, we’re sure something equally as cool will replace it next year. There’s only one way to find out what that will be though – tickets for 2018 are on sale NOW!