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Reading & Leeds 2015 - How to Watch and Listen

BBC Four

BBC Four will broadcast the headline sets from the Reading Main Stage. The schedule is:

BBC iPlayer

Relive your favourite moments from Reading 2015 with over 40 full sets to enjoy on and the BBC iPlayer until 29th September 2015.

If you’re outside the UK you’ll be able to enjoy our radio coverage, stunning photography of three key stages, and video highlights from main stage acts and the hottest new talent on the BBC Introducing stage on both and YouTube


Why don't we show all artists and songs?

When the BBC decides to cover a music festival, it needs to work within a tight budget to provide the best value for money for Licence Fee payers. This means we cannot always afford to record all performances from every stage or from multiple sites. Therefore, we will be based in Reading and recording the Main stage, Radio 1 / NME stage and BBC Introducing stage. These stages offer the main headline acts from the festival and interesting newer artists.

On occasion an act may not wish to be filmed or recorded. Artists may also agree to be recorded but only allow a limited number of songs to be aired. This could be for a number of reasons for instance: the quality of some parts of the performance, because they do not wish to broadcast new or unreleased material, or they do not want to broadcast their entire live set.

The material an artist plays may not agree with the BBC Taste & Decency guidelines, such as containing excessive swearing. In these instances there is no way for the BBC to air that material.

The BBC is committed to making sure the sound and visual quality of a performance is high. In live open air arenas, the quality of recordings and performances can vary greatly due to environmental and technical factors. The BBC may decide that the recording of particular songs are not of a high enough quality to air, although we endeavour to provide at least a sample of a band's show if we feel they are central to the festival.

Another reason why certain songs are not available on the BBC is due to there being a limited number of broadcast slots to air material. Around 40 hours of performances will be recorded at Reading festival, but TV and Radio slots will amount to much less. This means TV and Radio producers select the performances that reflect the festival best and appeal to the different audiences for networks and channels. Much more material is featured on Red Button and online but even then the practical limitations of editing such a large amount of material quickly can prevent performances from being available.

Why don't we publish all comments and tweets?

The BBC receives a large number of comments and tweets across the weekend of the festival. Unfortunately due to this high volume we can only publish a small selection of those that that are submitted. We also select tweets from Twitter by subscribing to hashtags relating to BBC coverage such as #bbcreadingfest and replies to BBC Twitter profiles such as BBC Reading Festival or BBC Radio 1.

See more information on how the BBC manages contributions from users here, and how it considers whether to publish comments from users.

Radio 1

Red Button

Watch edited performances from Main Stage and NME/Radio 1 Stage, as well as the BBC Introducing Stage – at these times:

Friday 26th August: 21:00-00:00
Saturday 27th August: 19:00-01:00
Sunday 28th August 18:00-00:00

Reading Festival 2016: The Best Bits
You can then relive the excitement with a selection of highlights from the weekend, which will play on a loop on red button at the following times:

Monday 29th August: 22:00 onwards
Tuesday 30th August: until 20:55, and from 23:45 onwards
Wednesday 31st August: until 19:00
Thursday 1st September: Until 07:55 and from 08:30am until 21:00
Friday 2nd September: until 07:55 and from 08:30 until 19:30
Saturday 3rd September: until 07:00 and from 16:00 – 21:00
Sunday 4th September: until 19:00

Reading Festival: The Best Bits will also be available on the BBC iPlayer.