Thursday 11th of May 2017
Headliners: Radiohead, Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran
Camping: Tents, Campers and Caravans
For regular tent pitching, the price is included within the cost of the ticket and there is a choice of camping fields around the stages. You can choose to camp right near the Pyramid Stage or on the outskirts in a more tranquil field of neighbours. Different areas have different atmospheres. For example, Pennard Hill Ground, between The Park and The Healing Fields, is a popular, lively spot. It has a culture of its own with people returning year on year. Alternatively, camping zones on the periphery of the Festival, such as Limekilns and Hitchin Hill Ground, tend to be quieter. Some camping fields are very busy and fill up quickly but there is usually more camping space to the west of the site near the Park. Camping areas are marked out on the site map
There’s plenty of room to hang out with friends and enjoy a cool beer at the end of the night with the sound of music floating over from the stages plus a decent meal cooked inside your campervan and a sink to do the washing up.
If you’re hiring a campervan from Easirent you can choose from two types of pitches; 8mx7m at £100 or 16mx7m at £200. There is a free 24-hr shuttle bus service to the festival site from these pitches and some come with larger spaces for families and others are just a single pitch on the grass. There is no electric hook-up but there is water, waste-water containers, toilets, and a food trader open 24 hours a day. The campervan fields are roughly a 20-minute walk from the main stage (longer in busier periods) but the atmosphere cannot be beaten out there. There’s plenty of room to hang out with friends and enjoy a cool beer at the end of the night with the sound of music floating over from the stages plus a decent meal cooked inside your campervan and a sink to do the washing up. Most Easirent customers from last year said having a comfortable bed at the end of the night made all the difference to the usual Glasto camping experience.
Headliners: Biffy Clyro, System of a Down, Sum 41
Camping: Tents, Pods, Huts, Campers and Caravans
Download Festival has it’s own camping site called RIP that boasts the very best rock festival experience going. You’ll be allocated a patch of grass to pitch your tent or park your motorhome and offered decent facilities like proper toilets, warm showers, car parking and 24hr staffing. There’s also a small shop, refreshments area, Day Spa(?!), Dressing rooms and Secure Lockers.
The RIP does feel a lot safer as you can go to the arena and leave your cooking stuff and chairs outside, confident they’ll still be there when you return. It’s a nice view on the hill looking over the castle and sleeping in your warm bed inside the van with only the sounds of nature around you at night is exactly what a real camper appreciates.
If you’re hiring a campervan from Easirent you will get allocated a plot measuring 9mx7m with electrical hookup with 5-day vehicle access to the luxury campervan site. This site includes luxury showers & toilets, fresh water and waste disposal and 24/7 support from the events team. You can choose between a quiet pitch or a regular pitch depending on how you wish to spend your days at the festival. This festival is not family-friendly but there are a lot of more mature festival goers at Download as the age range in the campervan fields is mostly mid 30-40 year olds.
Headliners: The XX, Pet Shop Boys, A Tribe Called Quest
Camping: Tents, Tipis, PodPads, Campers and Caravans
Most people who go to Bestival camp on-site over the weekend and camping in the main campsites is included in the regular ticket price. You simply turn up, find a spot and pitch your own tent. Then go and party. One of the best things about camping here is there is a Main Tent on-site that offers every kind of assistance you could need. First-Aid, Directions, Security, Information on any performances, help with your tent, etc.
Bestival-goers tend to be early risers which isn’t always a bad thing as you can cook breakfast on your little hob for everyone and enjoy the atmosphere of the quieter, warmer outer field. There’s tents with electric sockets but honestly taking a book would be much better suited for lying around in a deck chair in between acts.
If you’re hiring a campervan from Easirent you will need to buy a £250 campervan ticket in advance for a 9mx6m space where you can park your campervan or motorhome, awning and/or tent. Unfortunately there is no water or electricity hookup available so you will be relying on your leisure battery but there are specialist wristbands you can purchase to get in to VIP “When Nature Calls” facilities that have luxury toilets, warm water, hair washing facilities (hair dryer/straighteners/etc) and a chill-out zone to meet up with friends. If you’re not cooking inside, there is a huge range of amazing culinary delights at Bestival brought to you by The Feast Collective.
Headliners: Muse, Kasabian, Eminem
Camping: Tents, Pods, Campers and Caravans
There are a number of sites at Reading that you can camp in or you can treat yourself to a luxury pre-pitched package in the Pink Moon Campsite. Permitted campfires and BBQs make this experience one of the nicest places to camp among all the festivals. The revelry picks up on the Sunday night as the camping comes to an end when everyone finishes all their booze to celebrate before heading back home.
A camping chair is a definite essential – when you’re camping with others it’s nice to chill around a campfire, and you’re not going to want to sit on the floor, do recommend! Back in the day you used to have to buy a lanyard with the stage times to write a schedule on your leg, but there’s now a handy Reading Festival app you can download instead, which will notify you 15 minutes before each act that you ‘star’ – will be a lifesaver!
If you’re hiring a campervan from Easirent you will need to buy a weekend campervan pass for £75. There are toilets, showers and waste-water points on-site but no electricity hook-up. Awnings are permitted for those wishing to stargaze in the evenings. The atmosphere varies from site to site (which are colour-coded) but in general, the closer you are to the arena the livelier the campers will be around you. As Reading is at the end of Summer it’s wise to bring extra clothes and duvets as the nights do get cold.