The Carling Weekend

Friday August 25th To Sunday August 27th

The Carling weekend does exactly what it says on the tin. One bank holiday in August where music and larger flow to your hearts content. This festival has always held a special place this the hearts of music lovers. With Glastonbury not being held this year, surely, Leeds & Reading is the best festival place to get your dose of yearly dose of sun, music, camping & drink.

For anyone who isn't familiar with the set up for the Carling Weekend, it consists of 6 stages. The Main Stage, Radio One/NME stage, The Lock-up, Dance Stage, Carling Stage & the Comedy Stage. Obviously, the largest area is given to the main stage but as far as the acts performing go, it's very talent is equally spread over each stage.

This year sees a very special moment at the twin sites as Pearl Jam return to the UK after a six year absence to play Their First Ever Uk Festival Shows. Pearl Jam take their rightful place amongst the names that have headlined the Main Stage. Muse return to the festival as headliners of the Main Stage & perform their only uk festival appearances. Franz Ferdiniand also play their only english festival shows to further confirm their position as one of the UK's best loved and most popular acts. Joining our Main Stage headliners are Artic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, Placebo & The Streets.

Friday 25th Reading Festival

Saturday 26th Leeds Festival

The Main Stage:

Franz Ferdinand

Kaiser Chiefs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Belle And Sebastian

Fall Out Boy

The Subways

Panic! At The Disco

Dashboard Confessional


Towers Of London

The Radio 1 Nme Stage:

Primal Scream

Dizzee Rascal

The Vines

Secret Machines

Mystery Jets


Gogol Bordello


The Long Blondes



The Carling Weekend:

Bedouin Soundclash

The Twilight Singers Feat: Greg Dulli And Mark Lanegan

Eagles Of Death Metal

Howling Bells

Bromheads Jacket

The Sunshine Underground

Little Man Tate

Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly

Field Music

Scissors For Lefty

Pigeon Detectives


Mumm Ra


Alan Carr

Andrew Bird

Jon Richardson

Lloyd Langford

Ben Norris

Stefano Paulini

Jason Manford

Cole Parker

Matt Blaize

Steve Gribbin

Cabaret Until 2am:

Dirty Sanchez (World Premiere Of New Show)

Renegade Burlesque

Circus Of Horrors



Queens Of Noize Djs

Punk Rock Karaoke

Saturday 26th Reading Festival

Sunday 27th Leeds Festival

The Main Stage:


Arctic Monkeys

The Streets


Dirty Pretty Things

The Futureheads

The Cribs


Flogging Molly


The Radio 1 Nme Stage:

The Raconteurs

Coheed And Cambria


Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

The Fall

The Automatic

Be Your Own Pet


Plan B

Giant Drag


The Carling Stage:

Nouvelle Vague

The Fratellis

Tv On The Radio

The Organ

The Like

The Spinto Band

The Noisettes


Tilly And The Wall

Rumble Strips

Serena Maneesh

The Maccabees

The Morning After Girls


Stewart Lee

Simon Amstell

Mitch Benn

Rob Rouse

Mick Ferry

Yianni Agisilaou

Barry Castagnola

Toby Foster

Paul B Edwards - Mc

Cabaret Until 2am:

Burly Q Cabaret

Circus Of Horrors


Tilly And The Wall

Art Rocker

Queens Of Noize Djs

Sunday 27th Reading Festival

Friday 25th Leeds Festival

The Main Stage:

Pearl Jam


My Chemical Romance


Bullet For My Valentine

Less Than Jake

Taking Back Sunday

Killswitch Engage

Story Of The Year


The Radio 1 NME Stage:

Maximo Park

The Rakes

The Kooks

Boy Kill Boy

Broken Social Scene

Goldie Lookin' Chain

Hope Of The States

The Dresden Dolls

¡Forward, Russia!

Tapes ‘N Tapes


The Marshals

The Carling Weekend:

Animal Collective

Hot Chip

Larrikin Love

The Klaxons

Lethal Bizzle

Statik (Dj)

The Research

Good Shoes


You Say Party! We Say Die!



The On Offs

Kharma 45

The Dance Arena:

Radio Soulwax Presents:

Soulwax - Nite Versions Set (Live)

2 Many Dj’s

Vitalic (Live)

Goose (Live)

Headman Dj Set (Reading Only)

Erol Alkan (Leeds Only)

Also Appearing:


Lady Sovereign


Spank Rock




Adam Hills

Patrick Monahan

Al Pitcher

Jim Jeffries

Jason John Whitehead

Hugh Lennon & Hypnodog

Markus Birdman

John Bishop

Jason Rouse

Rob Deering


Youthmovie Music Soundtrack Strategies

Archie Bronson Outfit



Domino Music Shorts

The Carling Weekend takes place at:

Little John's Farm, Richfield Avenue, Reading


Bramham Park, Leeds

Festival Facts

It takes 3 weeks to prepare the Reading and Leeds Festival sites and 2 weeks to take them down again

Each site is built by over 150 crew

10 million watts is required to power each festival site

Artists drink over 9000 bottles of water and over 13000 cans of lager over the weekend.

The festival produces over 300 tonnes of rubbish, which it takes 2 weeks to clear after the event finishes.

We recycled over 7000 bags of rubbish in 2004 through the onsite Litter Exchanges.

Over 3500 people work during the festival weekend at each site

More than 100 trucks with thousands of tons of equipment are used

There are over 800 toilets on each site

10,000 metres of cable are used

O'Malley Alley at Reading Festival is named after a member of the festival medical team who worked on the festival crew for many years who has passed away now

In Reading, Henrys Gate is named after a tractor driver who works on the site during the festival

In Reading, Reapers Bridge is named after one of the stage manager's called the Grim Reaper

In Leeds, Out of Harm's Way is named after Harmony who runs the production office

There are 90 food traders onsite, selling a variety of food, from burgers to pasta, doughnuts and even salad! More than a quarter of a million burgers and hot dogs were eaten over the course of the weekend.

2 million pints of lager are drunk during the festival.

There are 80 market stalls onsite selling a variety of products including clothing, footwear, jewellery, camping accessories, blankets and newspapers.

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