Pay attention at the back... all the news you might have missed
September 8: Reading. Steve Lamacq will broadcast highlights of the Manic Street Preachers' Reading set on Monday September 10 from 10pm on Radio 1.

August 27: Reading. A 16 year old girl was raped in campsite Brown A at the Reading Festival at 4am on Sunday morning. Police are hunting for two men. One white, 20-27, 5ft 7', medium build, dark eyebrows, blue eyes, short cropped blonde hair and a southern accent. The second is described as black, mid-20s, well built, muscular biceps, broad shoulders, short hair, grey or green T-shirt and black trousers. If you have any information, please contact the incident room on 0118-9536000.

August 27: Reading. That's it for another year, then. Hope everyone had a great festival. Keep checking back for the review of this year's Reading, news on next year's and info about radio broadcasts of bands that played.

August 27: Reading. You can see highlights from Reading and Leeds on Channel 4 on the next two Wednesday nights (August 29 and September 5) between 01.00 and 02.00. So, really, that's early Thursday morning... Set the video!

August 21: Reading. Re-live this year's festival almost before you've had your post-festie shower: on Bank Holiday Monday (August 27) Steve Lamacq will broadcast live tracks, reports and interviews from Reading/Leeds, with a live headline show from Marilyn Manson. It all starts at 8pm on Radio One.

August 19: Reading. A warrant has been issed in Michigan for the arrest of Marilyn Manson on charges of criminal sexual conduct and assault and battery on a security guard at a concert in Detroit on July 30. As Manson is currently in Japan, and unlikely to return to the US before Reading/Leeds, his festival appearances will be unaffected.

August 19: Reading. Murder City Devils are reported to have pulled out.

August 16: Ozzfest. Steve Lamacq will be broadcasting Papa Roach's set from Ozzfest 2001 at Milton Keynes on his show this Monday, August 20, from 10pm on Radio One.

August 14: Reading. Andrew Wetherall will play a DJ set at the Leeds Festival (not Reading, though. D12 now play the main stage, and Staind play the Evening Session Stage at Leeds, but the main at Reading. And winning bands from Futuresound 2001 (whatever that was) play the comedy stage at Leeds.

August 10: news. The links page has recieved an update with an extra six or seven new Reading site links added.

August 10: Reading. Mean Fiddler will be raising money at Reading for Cradle, a charity working in former Yugoslavia. There will be a tombola stall and every ticket will win a prize. Manic Street Preachers, Suede, Oasis, Ash, New Order and Steve Lamacq are among those who have donated prizes, including signed memorabilia.

August 10: Reading. Remember, Friday August 24 is officially National Slacker Day, so don't go overdoing anything but lager at Reading...

August 1: news. The Timeline page has had a major update, with loads more info and more pictures.

August 1: Reading. Krishnacore (nope, don't ask me either...) outfit Shelter have relaced Snapcase on the Concrete Jungle Stage.

July 30:
Reading. The USA is to get it's own Reading Festival, which will take place at the Tweeter Center Amphitheater, near Philadelphia on Saturday, September 8. Bands appearing will include Eminem, Linkin Park and XZIBIT.

July 30: V2001. Big Brother loser Dean (well, he didn't win, did he...) could be playing with his band, Lomax, at V2001. Richard Branson is planning to invite him to appear at the event. Reports of Lomax playing Reading are unconfirmed. Be grateful.

July 14: Reading. There have been some ine-up changes. Soulwax and Buckcherry have pulled out. Lost Prophets will now play in Buckcherry's place. OPM, Public Domain and the Parkinsons have been added to the bill. See line-up for details.

July 14: Reading. There will be club nights in the Rivermead Centre: Feet First (alternative) on Thursday and The Asylum (metal/rock) on Saturday..

July 7: Reading. Amen have been confirmed as playing. Again. The sell-out of weekend tickets for this year's Reading happened in record time.

July 5: Reading. Weekend tickets are sold out. Day tickets still on sale. Weekend and day tickets still available for Leeds.

July 2: Fat Reg appeal. I need your help with the Timeline page. If you have any Reading Festival programmes, flyers etc like the ones on the timeline, please send me scans. Also, please let me know if you have any unwanted memorabilia.

July 2: Festivals on TV. ITV are showing highlights from several of last year's festivals at 2.40am Sunday morning (or very, very late Saturday night, if you prefer). Check your TV guide.

July 2: Reading. Gary Numan will play the Dance stage on Friday at Reading (Saturday at Leeds).

July 2: Reading. Grooverider is the main DJ on the dance stage at Reading on Sunday (Friday at Leeds), and will close the stage with a DJ set.

July 2: Reading. Lagwagon have pulled out, and their place is taken by Good Riddance, ironically.

July 2: Reading. Weezer are NOT playing this year's festival.

June 26:
Reading. UK Play comedy stage line-up announced. Headliners at Reading are Sean Lock, Jeff Green and Paul Tonkinson.. Leeds gets a different comedy line-up. See left for details.

June 26: Reading. Weezer have re-appeared in the official line-up on the press release.

June 26: news. Reading Festival Timeline page added. What happened in what year and to whom.

June 25: news. Review and pics from AC/DC at Milton Keynes added. And new directions page to tell you how to get to the Reading Festival.

June 22: Reading. Is Gary Numan playing Reading or isn't he? His agent is telling him he IS playing, but the official word is that he's NOT. Let's hope the confusion gets cleared up soon...

June 21: news. New downloads page added with desktop pictures for your computer.

June 21: Reading. The August issue of Q magazine - on sale now - includes a feature on memorable festival moments. Reading's mentions cover Nirvana's last UK appearance in 1992, Courtney Love going bonkers in 1994, Meatloaf getting bottled off in 1987, The Fall sacking their drummer on the way to the festival in 1999 and Daphne and Celeste's brief appearance last year. There, saved you forking out three quid.

June 20: news. Finally, Fat Reg has posted the review of Ozzfest 2001. Includes cool QTVR panorama, though, so possibly worth the wait. Maybe.

June 19: Reading. Weezer have disappeared from the official line-up - looks like rumours they had pulled out are true.

June 19: Reading. Dance stage line-up announced. Further acts and DJs are promised soon.

June 4: Reading. Full Carling Premier line-up announced.

June 6: Reading. Mercury Rev ARE playing.

May 31:
Reading. Mercury Rev appear to have pulled out - confirmation as soon as I get it.

May 29: Reading. The Dandy Warhols have pulled out of Leeds and XZIBIT have pulled out of Reading. A whole load of other bands have been officially confirmed. See line-up.

May 27: Ozzfest. Hope you had a great time if you were there - full review and pics coming soon. Have your say about the Ozzfest in the forum.

May 27: Reading. A stage called "Concrete Jungle" has been announced for Saturday at Reading and Sunday at Leeds. The stage will also include a skate ramp, extreme sports exhibitions and an Epitaph Records stand.

May 27: Reading. (hed)PE, Staind, Boy Hits Car, D12 and Alien Ant Farm have all been confirmed.

May 27: Reading. System of a Down have NOT pulled out...

May 25: Reading. Fear Factory have been confirmed for the Sunday at Reading and Friday at Leeds.

May 25: Reading. Papa Roach have been confirmed as special guests for the Sunday at Reading.

May 25: Reading. System of a Down are reported to have cancelled their Reading/Leeds appearance.

May 22: Reading tickets. Festival-goers who ordered online through TicketWeb (via Mean Fiddler) will have a long wait to get tickets. Despite stating they would be sent out within seven days, they aren't planning to post them until nearly the end of June! If you've ordered tickets this way, call them on 020-7314 2905 and hassle them. If they state they can only do that if the event is cancelled, point out that they've broken their contract with you - namely to supply tickets within seven days. You can cancel and order from elsewhere. Branches of HMV now have them in stock.

May 22: Reading. The first bands have been announced for the Doc Martin Stage. Saturday August 25 at Reading (Aug 26 at Leeds) will see: Backyard Babies, Buck Cherry, Nebula, Defenestration, Anyone, Cooper Temple Clause and another 7 bands.

May 22: Reading tickets. Festival-goers who ordered online through TicketWeb (via Mean Fiddler) will have a long wait to get tickets. Despite stating they would be sent out within seven days, they aren't planning to post them until nearly the end of June! If you've ordered tickets this way, call them on 020-7314 2905 and hassle them. If they state they can only do that if the event is cancelled, point out that they've broken their contract with you - namely to supply tickets within seven days. You can cancel and order from elsewhere. Branches of HMV now have them in stock.

May 20: Reading. Hefner and Gay Dad have been confirmed to play the Carling Premier Stage on the Sunday at Reading (Friday at Leeds).

May 17: Reading. The Lost Prophets have been confirmed for the Friday at Reading.

May 15: Reading. It looks like the Carling Premier stage will for one night at least be a punk stage - possibly the Vans Warped Stage. Apparently confirmed for the punk day are Reel Big Fish, Lagwagon, Snuff, Capdown and Voodoo Glow Skulls.

May 15: Reading. The Donnas have been confirmed as the opening band on the main stage on the Friday at Reading.

May 13: Reading. Amen's UK tour in June has been cancelled, though whether their Reading appearance will be affected is unclear at the moment.

May 12: Reading. After much "are they, aren't they" speculation, King Adora are confirmed for the Evening Session stage. The "Special Guests" third on the bill spot on Sunday at Reading (between Marilyn Manson and Queens of the Stone Age) is yet to be filled.

May 11: Leeds. The Dandy Warhols are to play the main stage at Leeds on Saturday August 25, but they aren't playing Reading. Don't ask me why not...

May 10: Reading. No sooner do I suggest The Cult to play than... they're playing. Fantastic! In an 80s sort of way... And Frank Black!

May 9: Reading. Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell has said that he'd really like the reformed band to play the Reading and Leeds Festivals.

May 9: Reading. There's a new Reading fan web-site by MattyBadger.

May 9: Glasgow Green. The Cult have been confirmed to play the main stage on August 25. Come on, Mean Fiddler - book 'em for Reading, too! Joining them at Glasgow will be Cosmic Rough Riders, The Strokes and BS2000.

May 9: V2001. Kylie Minogue, Nelly Furtado, Sparklehorse, Wheatus, Turin Brakes, Alfie, The Webb Brothers and Ed Harcourt have all been added to the V2001 line-up.

May 7: Reading. A new Reading Festival fan site can be found at If you have a Reading site not listed in's massive links directory, then e-mail me and I'll get it added.

May 1: Reading. Iggy Pop, Run DMC, Eels and Feeder are all officially confirmed for Reading and Leeds.

April 26:
Reading. Idlewild are NOT playing Reading (or Leeds), just Glasgow Green). System of a Down are playing Reading on the Friday.

April 21: Reading. Creed have been confirmed for Reading 2001.

April 19: Reading. The first official line-up announcement will be made this Monday night (April 23) on Lamacq live on Radio 1. The programme starts at 8pm.

April 19: Reading. My Vitriol have confirmed that they will be playing Reading 2001.

April 18: Reading. Marilyn Manson has been confirmed - according to Kerrang! - for the Friday at Reading. That probably means second on the bill to Eminem.

April 17: Reading. It's been CONFIRMED - after much speculation - that the headliners of Reading 2001 will be Eminem, Manic Street Preachers and Travis. These will also headline Leeds and Glasgow Green. Thanks to E for that advance info!

April 17: Essential Festival. The foot and mouth crisis has forced the organisers to move this year's event from Stanmer Park, Brighton to Hackney Marshes, London. The festival will take place on July 14/15. Tickets go on sale on April 20.

April 17: V2001. Line up annouced. Headliners are Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Coldplay and Texas. Other confirmed acts are Foo Fighters, Toploader, Starsailor, The Charlatans, Divine Comedy, Doves, David Gray, Faithless, Muse, JJ72, Placebo, Grandaddy and Shed Seven. Tickets on sale from April 21, priced £38.50 for one day, £66 for the weekend, or £76 including camping.

April 15: Reading. Ash's drummer has told a visitor that the band WILL be playing Reading this year. Also confirmed are The Living End. Foo Fighters are being tipped to play, too - the band are now Reading Festival regulars - but this is just a rumour at present.

April 12: Reading. The crowd capacity at Reading could be reduced by 5000 this year, following complaints by local residents.

April 12: Reading. Naughty rapper Eminem's Reading appearance could be on after all. Scottish newspaper the Daily Record has said that Eminem and Travis will headline the Glasgow Green festival - the lineup of which swaps with Reading and Leeds. Any official announcement will happen after April 23, when Eminem is due in court on assault charges.

April 12: Homelands. The dance festival, to be held in Winchester on May 26, will go ahead despite the London superclub Home's owners going into recievership. Homelands is organised by the Mean Fiddler, and is not affected by the troubles surrounding the club.

April 11: Reading. Eminem's much-rumoured Reading appearance could be in doubt (just like last year) after he was fined $2500 and given two years' probation on weapons charges. The probation order means he must obtain special permission to travel outside the USA.

April 10: Reading. Marilyn Manson fan and 80s electronic star Gary Numan has dropped a big clue about this year's festival: "I'm hoping to get Reading with Marilyn Manson but that's still a wish at the moment rather than anything definite." This could mean that Manson is close to being confirmed for Reading this year. It could also mean an appearance by the revitalised Numan, whose classic "Down in the Park" was recently covered by Manson.

April 10: V2001. Feeder have claimed that they will play V2001. Foo Fighters are also rumoured to appear on the main stage.

April 8: Ozzfest news. Having announced that they were pulling out of the UK Ozzfest, Black Label Society have reversed their decision and will now appear at the Milton Keynes National Bowl on May 26. Make up yer minds!

April 7: Ozzfest news. Black Label Society have pulled out of the UK leg of the Ozzfest due to prior engagements in America.

April 6: Reading news. The Reading/Leeds Festivals line-up is set to be announced on April 23, according to official sources. Tickets will go on sale at the same time.

April 6: Ozzfest news. Rumours of the cancellation of the Ozzfest at Milton Keynes on May 26 would appear to be false.

April 3: T in the Park news. Feeder have been added to the main stage line-up on Sunday July 8. See Festivals 2001 for more details.

March 30:
Farm aid news. Michael Eavis has been fined £6000 plus £9000 costs for exceeding the crowd limit and not secring the perimiter fence properly at last year's Glastonbury Festival. Eavis is also rumoured to be organising a Farm Aid festival to aid farmers hit by the foot and mouth crisis and to raise awareness of the countryside. Artists rumoured for the event, which has no date or venue as yet, include Madonna, Paul McCartney, Radiohead, REM and Neil Young.

March 30: Fleadh news. Teenage Fanclub, Cousteau and Aimee Mann have been added to the bill of the Fleadh in Finsbury Park on June 16.

March 25: Fleadh news. Neil Young will play his first UK gig for five years at the Fleadh in London's Finsbury park on June 16. The bill also includes Starsailor, Evan Dando, The Waterboys, Billy Bragg, Glenn Tilbrook and Gary Moore. One for the old folk, perhaps...

March 23: Reading news. Reading WILL go ahead, even if the foot and mouth crisis worsens. The local borough council have said that emergency procedures should ensure that the festival will go ahead as planned, as will WOMAD, held on the same site.

March 23: Reading news. The reformed Wildhearts have been told they are not wanted for the bill of Reading 2001.

March 22: Reading News! According to the band's official web-site ( Green Day are confirmed to play on Friday August 24 at Reading.

March 14: Ozzfest news. Soulfly have been added to the May 26 event at Milton Keynes.

March 14: Limp Bizkit at Milton Keynes. Limp Bizkit are to play an outdoor show at Milton Keynes Bowl on June 24. Support is from the Deftones, while Outkast and Wu Tang Clan are rumoured to be playing, too. Tickets go on sale on March 17 through or by phone on 0870-602 1143. This probably casts doubt on their rumoured headlining slot at Reading.

March 8: Reading news at last! Queens of the Stone Age are reported to be confirmed to play the main stage at Reading/Leeds. They have also been confirmed to support AC/DC at Milton Keynes.

March 6: Foot and mouth threat to festivals. Outdoor festivals to be held on land classed as countryside could be under threat if the current foot and mouth crisis continues, though none have been cancelled as yet. The event under the most immediate threat is Homelands at Winchester on May 26. Though how anyone could spot a case of foot and mouth in a field full of ravers stumbling about and foaming at the mouth is anybody's guess...

March 6: More Ozzfest news. Hed(PE), Black Label Society and The Union Underground are reported to have been added to the Ozzfest bill at Milton Keynes on May 26. Tickets are on sale on-line at or

March 5: AC/DC news. Queens of the Stone Age and Megadeth are reported to have been added to the bill for AC/DC's one-off date at Milton Keynes on June 8.

March 5: V2001 news. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers are to headline on day at the V2001 festivals, according to the band's official web-site. Tickets go on sale on March 10.

March 5: Homelands news. Groove Armada, Josh Wink and Jacques Lu Cont join Pulp, Orbital and The Orb on the Homelands bill. A total of 121 acts are now confirmed for the dance all-dayer.

March 4: Reading on TV. Tune in to Channel 4 this Friday night (March 9) at 11.55pm to see Davina McCall's dating show Streetmate, which was recorded at the Reading Festival last year. Of course, if you're reading this after March 9, it's a bit late to set the video...

February 28:
More Ozzfest news. Amen, Disturbed, Raging Speedhorn, Mudvayne and Apartment 26 (whose singer Biff Butler is the son of Black Sabbath guitarist Geezer Butler) are all reported to have been added to the Milton Keynes bill.

February 27: Ozzfest news. Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool and Papa Roach are the first confirmed acts for the UK Ozzfest 2001 at Milton Keynes Bowl Sat May 26. Many more acts to be confirmed soon. Tickets on sale now.

February 27: Fat Reg news. Shandy-drinking Wigg (see Who's who) announces he won't be going to Reading this year. An unnamed source claims the sarong-wearing freak is "scared of lager."

February 20: Reading Festival web site. The Mean Fiddler's official site has been updated, but only with a hard-to read map of the arena. No news about bands yet.

February 14: Ozzfest news. Ozzy is believed to be looking to bring this year's Ozzfest to the UK before its US stadium tour. The US gigs will feature the yet again reformed Black Sabbath along with Marilyn Manson and Slipknot, among others. The rumoured UK date is in May, which could tie in nicely with the proposed Milton Keynes metal bash (see below).

February 9: Replacement for Glastonbury?There is a strong rumour that a UK Tibet Freedom Concert is being planned, though nothing is confirmed. Donington has been suggested as a venue on June 23-35, the weekend Glastonbury was due to take place. Beastie Boys would be likely headliners, along with radiohead, who were belived to have been booked for Glastonbury. More news as it happens.

February 6: AC/DC are headlining Milton Keynes Bowl on Friday June 8, with The Offspring as main support. Looks like a one-off gig, rather than a one-day metal-fest, as gates open at 2pm, so bands won't start until 4pm or so. Tickets are £28.50. Click here to order.

January 26:
Sources are suggesting that Reading will be headlined by Limp Bizkit on Friday, Eminem on saturday and the Manic Street Preachers on the Sunday. The Vans Warped Tour stage is expected to make a comeback. Other rumoured bands are Linkin Park, Weezer, Spine Shank, Goo Goo Dolls and Korn, plus some of last years acts including Slipknot, At The Drive In, QOTSA, Blink 182 and Foo Fighters. Terrorvision have stated that they will play "if asked". Come on, Vince, ask 'em!

January 16: Fat Reg's sources say that the reformed Zodiac Mindwarp and the Love Reaction are set to Play reading 2001. Exactly the sort of band to set the festival alight. Perhaps paving the way for more proper rock bands on the bill...

January 15: The Offspring have hinted strongly that they will play the Reading and Leeds Festivals this summer. The band apparently really enjoyed their previous two appearances at Reading. Other rumoured acts include Garbage, Feeder, NIN, Marilyn Manson and Ash.

January 8: Vince Power of Mean Fiddler confirms that he is considering a revival of the Phoenix Festival, last held at Long Marston, Stratford on Avon in July 1997. He also hints that he's looking to big name American acts to headline Reading/Leeds in August. The organisers of V2000 and T in the Park indicate a similar theme. Names mentioned include Limp Bizkit, Eminem, REM, Pearl Jam and Green Day. Coldplay are the most hotly-tipped British act.

January 4: Glastonbury Festival 2001 has been cancelled. Apparently, it's all due to the usual fears about too many freeloaders getting in and the resultant safety issues. Plus, Michael Eavis is being sued by the loacal council over just the same problem last year. Eavis has pledged that it will be back on in 2002 once the safety concerns are resolved.