History of Reading Festival
Reading festival started life out as the National Jazz Festival, which was conceived by Harold Pendleton (founder of the Marquee Club in London) and was first held at Richmond Athletic Ground in 1961. The lineup finally settled into a pattern of progressive rock, blues and heavy metal during the 1970s, with the occasional dabble into the world of punk rock. As the years have gone on, influential artists at the beginnings of their careers, notably The Jam, The Ramones, Nirvana, and Blur have all made appearances.
The beginning of the century hailed an introduction to even more diversity - from Hip Hop right through to Dance - and the trend has continued thanks to the introduction of the famous Radio One Stage. Since then Reading has been getting bigger and better, with tickets regularly selling out in an incredibly quick time.
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