How to get tickets for Reading and Leeds Festival 2021 - and everything you need to know

While the Reading and Leeds Festival couldn't go ahead in 2020, it'll be back in 2021  (Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images)
While the Reading and Leeds Festival couldn't go ahead in 2020, it'll be back in 2021 (Photo: Simone Joyner/Getty Images)

Together, Reading and Leeds Festivals represent one of the biggest musical events of the year, and one that many fans look forward to the most.

However, due to the coronavirus, a whole host of large scale events were cancelled in 2020, including the iconic Reading and Leeds.

However, the festivals will be back in 2021 with some of the biggest names in music set to perform at both events.

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    This is everything you need to know - from who is performing to how to get tickets.

    Who are the headliners?

    After a year off, the festivals will be back and bigger than ever with huge names set to perform.


    The festival will feature two main stages, meaning that there are six headliners.

    Organisers have responded to concerns that two stages might result in festival-goers having to choose between artists that are performing on each stage by saying that there wouldn’t be any clashes.

    Posting on the official Twitter account, they wrote: “#RANDL21 is going to be BIGGER and BETTER than ever. Here are your SIX HEADLINERS across TWO main stages. NO MAIN STAGE CLASHES.”

    The organisers revealed that the headliners schedule goes as follows:

    Friday 27 August



    • Stormzy, main stage east
    • Catfish and the Bottlemen, main stage west


    • Liam Gallagher, main stage east
    • Queens of the Stone Age, main stage west

    Saturday 28 August


    • Post Malone, main stage east
    • Disclosure, main stage west



    • Stormzy, main stage east
    • Catfish and the Bottlemen, main stage west

    Sunday 29 August


    • Liam Gallagher, main stage east
    • Queens of the Stone Age, main stage west



    • Post Malone, main stage east
    • Disclosure, main stage west

    Who else is in the lineup?

    Many more acts have been confirmed for the 2021 festivals further down the bill.

    Featured artists include:

    • Charlie XCX
    • Beabadoobee
    • AJ Tracey
    • 100 Gecs
    • Yungblud
    • Sigrid
    • Madison Beer
    • Lewis Capaldi
    • Doja Cat
    • Fever 333
    • Lyra

    Other artists include Dababy, Jack Harlow, Neck Deep, Sofi Tukker, Ashnikko and MK.


    The announcement also said that “many more” acts are still to be revealed.

    Where and when will the Reading and Leeds Festival take place?

    After being forced to cancel the 2020 festivals, the two events will take place from Friday 27 August to Sunday 29 August 2021.

    The Reading Festival will take place at Richfield Avenue, Reading, RG1 8EQ.

    The Leeds Festival will take place at Bramham Park, Leeds, LS23 6ND.

    How to get tickets?


    Tickets for the festivals went on sale at 9am on Thursday 3 September.

    There are a variety of ticket options available to suit your plans for the festival.

    A weekend ticket costs £232.20 each, for both Reading and Leeds. You can also pay £25 to purchase an early entry pass.

    Considering that over £200 is a lot to drop in one go, there are payment installment plans available as well.

    You can opt to pay in instalments of four parts, three parts or two parts, depending on what works best for you.


    There are also extra tickets for things such as car parking (which costs £21) and campervan passes (which cost £75).

    You can purchase a locker hire ticket for £20. This pass gives you access to a locker - the lockers also have USB ports to charge your devices as well.

    There’s also a “luxury loo” pass, which costs £35 and permits you access to luxury toilets which benefit from a dedicated cleaning team. They also have automatic soap dispensers, warm running water and Dyson hand dryers and mirrors.

    The luxury loo pass also gives you access to the ‘Refresh Retreat Lounge’ where you can use the hair care stations and dressing tables, complimentary toiletries and sofas.

    There’s also the Refresh Retreat silver package, which costs £50, which grants you access to fully staff toilets and showers, as well as everything else included in the luxury loo pass.

    Finally, there’s the Refresh Retreat gold package, which costs £65, which benefits from everything that the silver package and luxury loo pass offers, with the addition of a 24 hour monitored secure locker (with USB charging port inside) and luxury toilets and showers.


    There’s a maximum of two tickets per person when buying them online, so you won’t be able to buy tickets for a large group.

    Important information

    For an event as large as this one, there are rules in place in order to keep festival goers and staff safe.

    This is some important information that you should be aware of when planning your trip.

    Age restrictions

    All ages are welcome at the Reading and Leeds festivals, however there are some restrictions in place for those under 16.


    Anyone under 15 must be accompanied by a ticket holder over the age of 18 at all times.

    Children under 13 are admitted for free, but it is not advised that young children are brought to the festival.

    ID may be required upon entry to the event, and will be required if you plan on buying alcohol.

    Bag restrictions

    All festival goers will be subject to searches of their cars, bags and their person.

    Only bags A4 size or smaller will be permitted into the arena.


    Bags are also limited to one per person.

    Restricted items

    There are certain items that are not permitted to be brought to the festival. There are some items that are allowed into the campsite, such as camping equipment, but not into the arena.

    The following items are not permitted into either area:

    • Aerosols over 250ml
    • Air horns and megaphones
    • Gas canisters of any size (including nitrous oxide)
    • Animals (apart from registered hearing dogs or guide dogs)
    • Any items that might reasonably be considered for use as a weapon
    • Drones
    • Firewood
    • Fireworks or flares
    • Glass
    • Paper lanterns

    You can read the full list of items that are and are not allowed into the campsite and arena on the Leeds Festival and Reading Festivals websites.


    A version of this article originally appeared on our sister title, the Yorkshire Evening Post