How to watch and listen to Reading & Leeds 2018

Not being there doesn't mean you have to miss out

It’s August bank holiday weekend, which can only mean one thing – it’s time to hoist a crate of cheap beer onto your shoulders and head off to Reading & Leeds 2018. But if you can’t make it to Richfield Avenue and Bramham Park in person this year, you don’t have to miss out entirely. As usual, the BBC will be on site at Reading, beaming all the best bits to you in the comfort of your own home. Crack open a cold one, put your feet up and get stuck in via one of the three ways below.

On the livestream

The BBC are back with their livestream this year, meaning you don’t have to wait until the evening’s highlights packages on the red button to catch your favourite acts. Only a select number of artists playing the festival will be shown, however – the stream only covers the Main Stage and the BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading from 1:50pm and 3:30pm respectively.

Find the line-up and tune in on the BBC’s Reading & Leeds 2018 website.

On the red button

If you want to watch Reading & Leeds 2018 on your actual telly, your only option will be via the red button. Tune in at 8pm on Friday or 9:30pm on Saturday, and 4:30pm and 9pm on Sunday to catch the best bits of each day’s events.

On Friday, you can witness the likes of Fickle Friends, Maggie Rogers, The Wombats, The Kooks, Nothing But Thieves, Fall Out Boy, and Wolf Alice. Saturday’s footage will include Dua Lipa, Sum 41, NERD and Panic At The Disco!

Sunday’s afternoon show will feature Sigrid, Dua Lipa, and Let’s Eat Grandma, while you can catch The Vaccines, Kings Of Leon and Slaves and more on the evening show.

On the radio

If you’re not near a TV or the internet, you can still get your festival fix the old-fashioned way – via the radio. Radio 1 and 1xtra will both be broadcasting live from Reading all weekend. Check out the schedule below:

Radio 1

Friday

  • 10am-12pm – Jordan and Maya
  • 12pm-2pm – Greg James
  • 2pm-4pm – Matt and Mollie

Saturday

  • 10am-12pm – Jordan and Maya
  • 12pm-2pm – Dev and Alice
  • 7pm-9pm – DJ Target (1Xtra simulcast)
  • 9pm-11pm – Charlie Sloth (1Xtra simulcast)

Sunday

  • 10am-12pm – Jordan and Maya
  • 12pm-2pm – Scott and Chris
  • 2pm-4pm – Matt and Mollie
  • 7pm-10pm – Radio 1 Rock Show

1Xtra

Saturday

  • 7pm-9pm – DJ Target (1Xtra simulcast)
  • 9pm-11pm – Charlie Sloth (1Xtra simulcast)

Sunday

  • 9pm-10pm – 1Xtra at Reading and Leeds