Last bank holiday weekend, Little John Farm opened its gates to 105,000 music lovers, ready for this year’s Reading Festival. With its new record-breaking capacity, the festival still had no problem in selling out all three-day tickets as well as weekend tickets over a month in advance.
The lucky attendees were able to bear witness to legendary sets from acts across six different stages.
Talent flooded the BBC 1Xtra stage, with Deno and Dig Dat kicking off day 1 amongst others before Headie One performed his hits as well as tracks off his new mixtape, Music X Road.
K-Trap, Maleek Berry and D-Block Europe all hit the stage before Octavian headlined the evening on Saturday night, bringing out surprise guest Skepta for their hit, “I Bet”.
Miraa May opened the 1Xtra stage for the third and final day followed by huge acts such as Tion Wayne, NSG, Loski, and Blade Brown before Not3s closed the stage as the final performance of the festival.
Other acts found themselves on larger stages around the site, with slowthai filling the BBC 1 tent with moshpits on the Saturday and Lil Baby following suit on Sunday.
Despite having the same time set time as the main stage headliner, Stefflon Don pulled in an immense crowd who went nuts for her huge hits including “16 Shots”, “Beauty” & “Hurtin Me”.
Aitch killed his performance as huge crowds came out to catch “Taste” and “Keisha and Becky”.
Fredo and Tiffany Calver had crowds spilling out of the BBC 1 stage followed by Daves headlining slot on Friday evening. Performing tracks from Game Over and Psychodrama, Dave had the whole crowd moving in waves before, like Glastonbury, he pulled a fan up from the crowd to perform “Thiago Silva” with him.
After headlining the BBC 1Xtra last year, AJ Tracey stole the festival as took to the main stage on Saturday afternoon. With the crowd chanting back his lyrics, AJ performed his biggest hits including “Mimi”, “Pasta”, “LO(V/S)ER”, and the new crowd favourite, “Ladbroke Grove”.
Packed full of huge names, you can check out some backstage photos of a few of the acts that shut down the festival below.
Photos by @pharaohdraws