It’s finally here – Reading and Leeds. With all the music on offer, it’s easy to forget all the other great stuff going on. Well, here are five things you should try and check out between the bands on the bill.
1. Prove your footwork skills with five-a-side at Leeds
Held every day at the site up north, make sure you register by emailing your team name and players to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2. Get hypnotised at Reading, by a dog…
Yep, you read that right. Hypnotist Hugh Lennon and Hypnodog will be bringing their show back to Reading once more. Stars of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and, um, Richard And Judy’s This Morning – the festival veterans will be performing on the Alternative Stage at 2pm.
3. Watch ‘Nirvana 92 Live At Reading’ at Leeds
Voted Nirvana’s Greatest Moment by readers in our poll, you can watch a screening of the live footage on the Alternative Stage at 7.15pm (you can also see it at Reading on Sunday at 6.25pm). Catch the likes of ‘Lithium’, ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ and ‘Breed’ on the big screen.
4. Dance like a maniac at the Silent Disco
That’s right, they’re back. With two arenas from 10pm till 4am in the red and orange camps at Reading and one till 6am at Leeds.
5. Go to the cinema
The Lock Up/Dance Stage will be turned into the festival cinema for the twilight hours throughout the weekend. Showing ‘127 Hours’ at 12.30am and ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ at 2am in Reading and ‘The Hangover’ at 12.30am in Leeds tonight.
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