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• Festivals on TV 7.9.02
There are two more programmes in the ITV at the Festivals series coming up. Both feature highlights from V2002, which begs the question: where are the highlights of Sunday at Reading? Anyway, the programme details:
• Thursday September 26 at 1:55am (ie, early Friday morning), featuring Stereophonics, Basement Jaxx, manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Supergrass.
• Thursday October 3 at 1:55am (early Friday morning again), featuring Gomez, Nickleback, Ian Brown, Doves and The Coral.

• Next year's Carling Weekend dates 7.9.02
Next year's Carling Weekend will be on August 23-25.
And if you're really planning ahead, here's the dates for:
2004: August 28-30
2005: August 27-29.

• Weezer's Reading show on Radio 1 7.9.02
Lamcq Live on Radio 1 this Monday (September 9) will feature highlights of Weezer at this summer's Reading Festival. The live set will start at 10pm.

• Festivals on TV 7.9.02
There's a programme called ITV at the Festivals 2002 this Thursday night at 1.25am, but I don't have any details as to which festival(s) are featured.

• White Stripes' Reading show on the web 4.9.02
The whole of the White Stripes' reading Festival set is currently on the web in mp3 form (and suberb sound quality, too) at fan-site Click on the "download" link on the site's homepage to get to the files. You'd better hurry, though, as the mp3s available change pretty frequently...

• Reading Festival exhibition at Reading Museum 3.9.02
An exhibition to celebratethe Reading Festival is being held at the Museum of Reading until October 7. It includes memorabilia and photographs from the festival. There's also a possibility that there will be an exhibition on the festival site as it will be the 30th time it has been held in Reading.

• Reading highlights on MTV2 3.9.02
Highlights of this years' festival will be on MTV2 throughout this weekend (September 7-8), but I don't have satellite or cable, so you'll have to check your TV guide for exact times. Sorry.

• Fat Reg and friends - first pics on-line 27.8.02
Mariko took her digital camera to Reading and has already posted the photos - click here to see them. Fat Reg's were the rather more tradition (and cheaper) film type, so you'll have to wait a bit, I'm afraid.

• Festival reviews 27.8.02
BBCi already have Carling Weekend coverage on their web-site, with more to come - click here to see it. John Peel's late-night show features Reading highlights all this week, too. And tomorrow's edition of the NME is a festival special.

• Ikara Colt banned from Leeds Festival 27.8.02
Following their chaotic Saturday night Carling Premier Stage headline slot at Reading, at the end of which they invited the entire audience to get on stage with them, Ikara Colt were banned from the Leeds event. Still, I guess that made the Parkinsons headliners, and they rocked hard at Reading.

• Leeds council praise festival organisers despite trouble 27.8.02
The local council have praised the extra security measures introduced at this year's Carling Weekend: Leeds Festival and blamed the trouble on a "mindless minority."

• Leeds Festival marred by violence 26.8.02
The last night of The Carling Weekend Leeds Festival ennded in violent confrontations between a mob of festival-goers and police following the burning of two toilet blocks. Several people were arrested during the five-hour riot, which will throw the future of the Leeds event into doubt - certainly in its current home at Temple Newsham Park. The festival only went ahead this year after an appeal against the rejection of the event's licence and assurances from the organisers that sufficient measures were in place to prevent a repeat of similar scenes following the end of the 2001 weekend. It seems that, once again, a minority are determined to spoil the event for everyone else.

• needs your help 20.8.02
I'm planning to do a Reading Festival pubs guide, but even I can only visit so many pubs in one weekend. So, if you're going to a pub in Reading or Caversham during the festival and have a camera, please take a photo of the outside (and the inside if possible) and e-mail it to me along with some basic info: what the pub's called, what street it's on, how far from the site, what the beer/food/bar staff are like. I'll give you full credit for your contributions and undying fame etc etc will be yours. Probably. Looking forward to your efforts.

• Ash doubtful for Carling Weekend following coach crash 20.8.02
Ash's Carling Weekend appearance has been thrown into doubt following a coach crash in the US. According to reports, the coach turned over and the band were trown from their bunks, the drummer sustaining possible fractured ribs. A spokesperson for the band said they were hoping to still appear at Reading and Leeds. A rib injury may well keep the drummer out of action, so don't be surprised if they have to cancel...

• Fat Reg right about The Donnas at Reading - well, sort of 19.8.02
Fat Reg's prediction that the Donnas would be at Reading turns out to be correct! Sadly, however, they're not playing, but will be there as spectators on Friday August 23. Don't belive it? Click here for the word from their official web-site.

What happened when

April 19-21 and April 26-28
All Tomorrows Parties, Camber Sands

May 4-6
Essential Festival, Ashton Court, Bristol

May 25
Ozzfest, Castle Donington

May 26
Irish Ozzfest, Punchestown Racecourse, Kildare

June 3
Rock Island, Isle of Wight

June 8
Fleadh, Finsbury Park, London

June 27-30
Roskilde, Denmark

June 28-30
Glastonbury Festival, Somerset

July 12-14
Willow Festival, Peterborough

July 13/14
T in the Park, Kinross, Scotland

July 13/14
Witnness Festival, Fairyhouse Racecourse, Ireland

July 19-21
Guildford Festival, Guildford, Surrey

July 19
Distortion Festival, Cardiff

July 20
Distortion Festival, Nottingham

July 26-28
WOMAD, Reading

August 1-4
Cambridge Folk Festival

August 17/18
Hylands Park, Chelmsford
Weston Park, Stafford

August 23-25
Reading/Leeds (Carling Weekend)

August 24-25
Gig on the Green, Glasgow

• Carling Weekend previews 18.8.02
There will be big previews of Reading and Leeds in both the NME and Kerrang, both on sale this Wednesday, August 21. You'll probably already know what's going on, but it's something to read on Thursday and may be handy if you run out of bog-roll...

• Festivals on TV 18.8.02
There's another in the ITV at the Festivals series on Saturday August 24, featuring highlights from Reading 2001. Er, won't we all be at Reading 2002 that day? You'd better set the video

• Carling Weekend ticket competition at 15.8.02
There's a pair of VIP tickets for each leg of the Carling Weekend, plus a pair of regualr tickets to be won at All you have to do is fill in a questionaire. Click here to enter.

• NME Glasgow Gig on the Green ticket competition 15.8.02
The NME has ten pairs of tickets to Glasgow's Gig on the Green to give away. The event takes place on Saturday August 24 and Sunday August 25 and features about two-thirds of the full Carling Weekend line-up. To win, you'll need to answer a question which is: who's headlining Stage 2 on Saturday night at Gig on the Green - it's Spiritualized, by the way. Send your entry to: Gig on the Green Competition, NME, 25th Floor, King's Reach Tower, Stamford Street, London, SE1 9LS. The closing date is Monday August 19, so you'd better be quick.

• Reading campsite opening: the OFFICIAL time 15.8.02
I've been onto the press office and the official word is that the Reading campsites will not be opening until 10am on Thursday August 22.

• Oxfam fund-raising at Carling Weekend 14.8.02
Oxfam will be raising money at this year's Carling Weekend via an initiative called the Oxfam Festival Slam. Festival goers will be asked to donate £1 in exchange for which they will recieve a "Reward Leaflet" with information on how to obtain freebies and discounts on a range of CDs, DVDs, Videos, books and magazines via a deal set up between Oxfam and major publishers and retailers.

Above: Look out for the Oxfam Festival Slam logo.

• Chemical Brothers at T in the Park on Radio 1 14.8.02
Highlights of the Chemical Brothers' T in the Park set will be broadcast on
Radio 1's Lamacq Live on Monday August 19 from 10pm.

• Green Blade Fayre cancelled 11.8.02
The Green Blade Fayre, a two-day event organised by The Levellers due to have been held near Sidmouth, South Devon on August 31/September 1 and has been cancelled following objections from the (mainly elderly) residents of the sleepy coastal resort which led to the band's licence application being refused. The Levellers say they plan to hold the event next year and are looking for a suitable West Country location.

• NME Carling Weekend ticket competition 11.8.02
Still ticketless? Well, NME have 25 pairs of tickets to give away to each leg of the Carling Weekend. Simply go to and answer the question of who is headlining the main stage at Reading on the Saturday night. The answer, in case you've been living in a cave, is the Foo Fighters. You'd better hurry, though, the competiton closes at 12 noon on August 14 (that's Wednesday). Good luck!

• Festivals on TV 11.8.02
Highlights of V2001 will be shown on ITV at the Festivals on Saturday night August 17 at 3:05am.

• Virgin Megastores Carling Weekend ticket competition 5.8.02
Virgin have ten pairs of tickets to win for Reading and Leeds Festivals (five pairs per festival). For details, pick up an entry form in your local Virgin Megastore, or enter online at The competition closes on Sunday August 11 and the answer you need is The Strokes, by the way.

• Doves Glastonbury set on Radio 1 5.8.02
Highlights of Doves' set from this year's Glastonbury Festival will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Monday August 12 from 10pm.

• And the winner is... 5.8.02
...Alex Simpson of North London, who wins the Carling Weekend: Reading Festival ticket competition. Alex gets a pair of tickets to this year's event. On being told the news, he repeatedly said "this is a wind-up, isn't it?" before lapsing into a stunned silence. Well done Alex and thank you to everone who entered. The correct answer to the question of how many times Fat Reg has been to Reading is 17.

• Folk fest highlights on Radio 5.8.02
Radio 2 will be broadcasting highlights of the recent Cambridge Folk Festival on Wednesday August 7 at 7pm.

• Festivals on TV 5.8.02
There are two ITV at the Festivals shows this week - the first on Wednesday night (August 7) at 3am features Tom Jones and the Stereophonics. The second show is on Saturday night (August 10) at 2.30am.

• Manics for V2002 5.8.02
The manic Street Preachers are to headline the NME stage at V2002, filling the Chemical Brothers' slot, made vacant after the Chems were promoted to the main stage following Travis pulling out.

• Primal Scream at T in the Park on Radio 1 3.8.02
Highlights of Primal Scream's recent T in the Park show will be on Lamacq Live this Monday night (August 5), starting at 10pm.

• Travis pull out of V2002 3.8.02
Travis have been forced to pull out of V2002 as Drummer Neil Primrose will not be fit again after his recent accident in which he fractured a vertebra. They have been replaced as headliners by the Chemical Brothers who have been promoted from the second stage. The organisers are promising a "major act" to fill the slot vacated by the Chemicals.

• Cambridge Folk Festival on Radio 29.7.02
Radio 2 will be braodcasting from the Cambridge Folk Festival on Saturday August 3 between 9 and 10pm.

• Festivals on TV 29.7.02
It's yet another double bill of ITV at the Festivals this week. Wednesday night sees Nitin Sawhney and The Undertones at the Fleadh and goes out at 3.10am. Saturday night's show is also at 3.10am.

• Glastonbury goes on stage 29.7.02
Comedian Keith Allen is set to tour his play "Glastonbury" which aims to give audiences the experience of Glastonbury without actually being there and features sets designed by Damien Hurst. This appears to fall short of charging punters £100 without seeing the line-up, though... The play's tour of Britain is as follows:

• Brighton (Wednesday October 2 to Sunday October 6)
• Cardiff (Tuesday October 8 to Sunday October 13)
• Manchester (Tuesday October 15 to Sunday October 20)
• Birmingham (Tuesday October 22 to Sunday October 27).
• Venues are to be confirmed.

Tickets will be available from mid-August and are priced at £15 (£10 concessions). Doors on each night will be at 7pm, with the show at 8pm, and DJs and bands playing from 9.30pm.

• Leeds Festival is on 29.7.02
Mean Fiddler were granted a licence for the Leeds Festival by magistrates on July 24.

• Green Day at T in the Park on Radio 1 22.7.02
Highlights of Green Day's T in the Park set will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Radio 1 on Monday July 29. The live broadcast begins at 10pm.

• More festivals on TV 22.7.02
It's another double bill of ITV at the Festivals this week. Wednesday night sees Kirsty MacColl, Picture House and the Corrs at Fleadh 2000 - the programme goes out at 3.20am. Saturday night's show - no details of who's on, I'm afraid - is at 3.25am.

• Charlatans at Glastonbury on Radio 1 20.7.02
Highlights of The Charlatans headline set from Glastonbury 2002 will be braodcast on Lamacq Live, BBC Radio 1, this Monday evening (July 22). The live show will start at 10pm.

Win tickets to Reading 16.7.02
Fat Reg is delighted to be able to offer one lucky visitor (and a friend) the chance to go to The Carling Weekend Reading Festival free of charge courtesy of a pair of tickets kindly donated by the Mean Fiddler. All you've got to do is answer one simple question - the answer to which can be worked out from the home page of this site - but hurry, the competiton closes on August 2, 2002.
Click here for the competiton.

• Reading Festival campsite16.7.02
The offical line is that the Reading Festival campsite will open on THURSDAY MORNING, despite what may have appeared elsewhere. remember, if you turn up the day before you are extremely unlikely to be allowed on-site.

• Festivals on TV 14.7.02
There are a couple of ITV at the Festival programmes this week. The first is on Wednesday night (July 17) at 3.00am and tantalisingly features Stereophonics and Texas. The second is on Saturday (July 20) at 2.55am. No details about who's on that one. Also, in light of new album Heathen Chemistry being surprisingly good, it should be noted that there's a TOTP2 Oasis special on Wednesday evening (July 17) at 7.05pm on BBC2.

• Essential Festival cancelled 12.7.02
The organisers of London's Essential Festival - due to be held at Hackney Marshes on August 3-4 - have issued a statement saying that the event has been called off sue to "significant financial difficulties" following the disastrous Bristol Essential Festival in May when several stages weredropped from the bill on the rock day, leading to complaints from fans of the bands that were no longer playing. The organisers also claim that the recent Mardi Gras held at Hackney Marshes and the bad weather over the last week or so have made the site unsuitable. The future of the Essential Festivals remains unclear.

• Travis still "hopeful" for V2002 despite drummer's accident 10.7.02
The organisers of V2002 say they are "very hopeful" that Travis will appear despite the injuries sustained by drummer Neil Primrose during their French tour. The sticksman dived into a swimming pool and fractured a vertebra. He is currently in hospital recieving treatment. The band have cancelled several European festival dates, but V2002 - which takes place in Chelmsford and Stafford on August 17-18 - is still on their schedule.

• Fu Manchu pull out of Carling Weekend? 9.7.02
Reports on Fu Manchu's official web-site suggest that the band have pulled out of their Carling Premier Stage headline slot. The band say that UK dates, including the Carling Weekend, were booked without their knowledge and that they have prior commitments. They are, however, investigating whether they will be able to fly over just for Reading and Leeds, but stress that this is just a possibility at the moment.

New desktop pictures 8.7.02
To get you into the festival mood, I've added a couple of new desktop pictures, or wallpapers for Windows types, one for Reading and one for Leeds. Click here to see them.

• More TV festival coverage 8.7.02
ITV are spoiling us - there's another ITV at the Festivals programme on Saturday night (July 13) at 3.30am, most regions.

• ITV at the Festivals 6.7.02
There's another in repeated programme in the ITV at the Festivals series this Wednesday night (July 10) at 2.50am. The show features The Charlatans.

• Festivals on the radio 6.7.02
Tonight (Saturday July 6) on BBC Radio 2 there's a programme called In Tents: The British Music Festival Explained starting at 8pm. And on Monday July 15, Lamacq Live has a live headline slot from Oasis at T in the Park, whech should kick off at 10pm.

• More dance acts for Carling Weekend 6.7.02
A host of names have been announced for the Reading and Leeds dance tents, including Dot Allison, Dog and a whole load of others I've never heard of.

Sex Pistols supports announced 4.7.02
The support bands for the one-off, final Sex Pistols reunion will be: Amen, The Dropkick Murphys, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead and The Libertines. Soesn't really look like Lydon's promised hand-picked cutting edge bands of today, does it? More like some bands that were relatively cheap. I reckon a bill of old punk bands would have made a far better event, but it's about the Sex Pistols really, isn't it. The others are just there to fill up the rest of the day.

• The Donnas for Carling Weekend? 3.7.02
Are the mighty Donnas set to open the main stage at Reading again? Fat Reg's un-named source "close to the band" suggests this might be the case. The evidence? They're playing the Garage in London on Monday August 19. The Garage is a Mean Fiddler venue. Could this be a warm-up for another triumphant appearance in front of a crowd baying for more? Let's hope so.

• Shaun Ryder pulls out of T in the Park 2.7.02
Former Happy Mondays and Black Grape frontman Shaun Ryder has postponed the festival debut of his new band SWR by cancelling their appearance at T in the Park. They'll now make their first appearance at V2002 in August. Ryder says they're still working on their debut album and consequently can't make the Scottish festival date.

• 20,000 more for Glastonbury? 2.7.02
Festival organiser Michael Eavis has announced that he's like 20,000 more people at next years' festival, following the success of the £1million super-fence and improved security arrangements. £750,000 of the proceeds from this year's event will go to charities including Water Aid, and Eavis hopes to see that figure reach £1million from a future festival.

• Body found at Glastonbury 2.7.02
The body of a 36 year-old man was found in a tent at the Glastonbury Festival on Monday morning by his girlfriend. Police are not treating the death as suspicious.

Glastonbury's future safe1.7.02
It looks like Michael Eavis' £1million super-fence has succeeded in keeping out the ticketless at last weekend's festival, which should ensure that the festival's future is assured. Police also announced that crime was down by 50 per cent on last year. There was one serious assault - the rest of the 200 or so arrests were for theft and drugs-related offences. If the new fence has helped in keeping thieving scumbags out it can only be a good thing. Now, if only the line-up could be improved next year...

• ITV at the Festivals 1.7.02
There's another in the series if ITV at the Festivals repeats this Wednesday night at 2.45am on most ITV regions.

• Carling Premier Stage line-up announced 30.6.02
The line-up for the Carling Premier Stage at Reading and Leeds ahs been finalised. Click here to see who's playing on what day.

• Leeds Festival in doubt? 25.6.02
The status of the Leeds leg of the Carling Weekend remains unclear following the local council's refusal to grant the event a licence. The rejection stems from concerns following last year's event when there was a lot of trouble on the sunday night, with toilet blocks turned over and set alight. The council want a guarantee of better security arrangements before granting the licence. The Mean Fiddler has not yet lodged an appeal against the decision, but remains confident that the event will go ahead as planned. If it doesn't, then the Leeds ticket (below) could be the last ever. Thanks to Andrew Taylor for the ticket scan.

• Festivals on TV 16.6.02
There's another in the series "ITV at the Festivals" this Wednesday night (June 20) at 3.05am on most ITV regions. Check your TV guide in case the time varies.

• Reading weekend tickets on sale again? 13.6.02
Could be... the latest press adverts for the Carling Weekend state that weekend tickets are available, priced £90, for Reading only. Which makes the recent statement that 3-day tickets or Reading were sold out look a bit like a fib. The credit card numbers on the advert are 020-7344 0044 (London) and 08701-500 044 (National) so give 'em a call if you still don't have yours.

What happened to the Lost Weekend? 13.6.02
First it was two days at Wembley Arena, then two days at Brixton Academy. Now the Lost Weekend appears to have been reduced to just another couple of gigsat Brixton, tied in with the NME's 50th birthday celebrations - the Hives with Idlewild and the Vandals on Friday july 12 and Iggy Pop with Pitchshifter on Saturday july 13. No sign of Soulfly, Amen, Rachel Stamp, Hatebreed or others from the original line-up.

• Manson's Reading show on Radio One 11.6.02
Highlights of marylin Manson's set from Reading 2001 will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Radio One on Monday June 17. Manson's performance will start at about 10pm.

• Carling Weekend on TV 8.6.02
Highlights of 2000's Carling Weekend are to be shown on most ITV regions this Wednesday night (June 12) at 2.50am.

• Amen for Carling Weekend 8.6.02
Amen have been added to the bill for Sunday at Reading (Friday at Leeds), though their place in the running order remains unclear.

Parkinsons, Trail of Dead and more for Reading/Leeds 4.6.02
A whole host of bands have been announced for the Carling Stage at reading and Leeds, including the mighty Parkinsons. The three headliners are Fu Manchu, Ikara Colt and The Music. ...Trail of Dead have been added to the bill for the Evening Session Stage, while Vex Red join the main stage line-up. For full details, click here.

• Reading tickets now in HMV 30.5.02
Weekend tickets for the Reading Festival now appear to be available across the country in branches of HMV. As you'll see from the picture below they were allocated to HMV and printed a couple of weeks ago, so why they've taken so long to become available is a mystery... They're also very dull compared to the pictorial tickets of recent years. Come, on for ninety quid, the least we can expect is a nice, colour ticket, isn't it? So, to get one, contact, or call in at, your local branch of HMV.

• Reading ticket confusion 29.5.02
It's looking increasingly as though Mean Fiddler are desperately trying to sell tickets for the Leeds leg of the Carling weekend. Press adverts and the official web-site both state that weekend tickets for Reading are only available via selected HMV stores. Meanwhile, on-line ticket agencies such as Ticketmaster and Stargreen aren't exactly saying they're sold out, merely that weekend tickets for reading are either "currently unavailable" or "off sale." Fat Reg believes this is to encourage people wanting the full weekend festival experience to buy a ticket for Leeds. Unfortunately, the press office aren't answering any enquiries at the moment, and probably aren't allowed to give a straight answer to this sort of request. On a more encouraging note, some branches of HMV appear to be getting their tickets at last, nearly three weeks after they were due to. Once again, Mean Fiddler puts the customer last. Guess that's done my chances of a guest pass a world of good...

• Ozzy no-show at Irish Ozzfest 28.5.02
Ozzy pulled out of his headline slot at the Irish leg of the Ozzfest, held at Punchestown on Sunday, may 26. Less than 24 hours after the rain-swept Donington Ozzfest he cited a sore throat as his reason for not playing. The event went ahead without its star turn, which ought to be reason enough for a refund - after all, you can hardly have an Ozzfest without Ozzy, can you?.

• Alanis Morrisette for V2002 28.5.02
The Canadian warbler is the latest addition to the list of AOR shite that constitutes this year's V Festival. Needless to say, Fat Reg won't be there...

• Beer delivery at T in the Park 23.5.02
Here's a cracking idea if you're: a) going to T in the Park and b) lazy. Visit and place an order for drinks which will be delivered to you at the festival.

• Jon Spencer for Reading 23.5.02
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion have been added to the Evening Session Stage on the Saturday at Reading (Sunday at Leeds). Yhe Von Bondies have been added to the same stage on the Friday at Reading (Saturday at Leeds) and Sparta have joined the bill for the Sunday (Friday, Leeds). The Concrete Jungle Stage line-up has been confirmed, but thanks to Fat Reg's contacts and the forum users, you had the Concrete jungle info nearly two weeks ago. Thanks to everyone who helped compile it. To see the up-to-date line-up, click here.

• Additions to smaller stages at Reading and Leeds 21.5.02
Several bands have been added to the Reading/Leeds bill:
Friday, Reading (Saturday, Leeds)
Evening session Stage:
The Vines, Guided by Voices, Fenix TX, The Bellrays
• Dance Stage: Decks n Effects, Luke Vibert
Saturday, Reading (Sunday, Leeds)
Evening Session Stage: Alec Empire, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Icarus Line
• Goldfinger, Midtown, The Libertines
•Concrete Jungle Stage: Dashboard Confessional, Face To Face, Bouncing Souls, Hot Rod Circuit
Sunday, Reading (Friday, Leeds)
Evening Session Stage: Cornershop, Haven, The Shining, Capdown, Hoggboy, Death Cab for Cutie

• BRMC for Glastonbury 21.5.02
The hotly-tipped Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have benn confirmed as playing the sold-out Glastonbury Festival.

• New additions for reading/Leeds dance stage 20.5.02
The main acts for the Friday night dance stage at Reading (Saturday at Leeds) have been announced: Aphex Twin will headline, with support coming from Lo-Fidelity Allstars, U.N.K.L.E and Peaches. Anti-Pop Consortium have been added to the Sunday night bill (Friday at Leeds).

• Festivals on TV 18.5.02
This Wednesday night at 2.45am, there's another in the series ITV at the Festivals, showing highlights from one of 2000's events. It's on in most regions and runs for an hour, so set the video. Or stay up really, really late...

• Concrete Jungle stage details 17.5.02
Sick of it All, Alkaline Trio, Bouncing Souls, The Get Up kids, Saves the day, Jesse james, Lightyear are all playing the Concrete Jungle stage at reading on Saturday August 24, Leeds Sunday august 25. Capdown have been added to the Evening session Stage on Sunday at Reading, Friday at Leeds.

• Sex Pistols one-off gig 16.5.02
The Sex Pistols have confirmed their much-rumoured one-off date, which John Lydon says will definitely be their last ever. It takes place at Crystal Palace on Saturday July 27. Tickets cost £35 (including booking fee) from or

• update 15.5.02
See the Survival Guide page for festival tips and a handy, printable checklist of things you might want to remember to pack for your festival visits this summer. Or click here just for the checklist (opens in a remote window).

• Poor ticket sales for Isle of Wight 15.5.02
With just three weeks to go, the revived Isle of Wight Festival has only sold 6000 out of 25,000 tickets. The festival will make a loss if it only attracts a half-capacity crowd of 12-13,000, though the organisers say they are prepared to absorb this cost. Despite other factors, such as the World Cup, could it be that the main acts (Charlatans, Starsailor, Ash and Robert Plant), together with the fact that the festival isn't on the mainland are the cause of the poor sales?

• Glastonbury line-up leaked 15.5.02
Details have emerged of some of the acts playing Glastonbury this year:
Friday June 28
Pyramid Stage: Coldplay, Nelly Furtado, Alabama 3, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dandy Warhols
Other stage: Garbage, Idlewild, Mull Historical Society, Vex Red, Bush
Saturday june 29
Pyramid Stage: Charlatans, Beta Band, No Doubt, Ian Brown, Jools Holland
Other Stage: Mercury Rev, Spiritualized, The Vines, Orbital, Less than Jake
Dance Tent: Mis-Teeq
Sunday June 30
Pyramid Stage: Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, super Furry Animals, Dreadzone, Rolf Harris
Other Stage: Elbow, Belle & Sebastian, New Model Army, Ikira Colt, Hundred Reasons, My Vitriol
Dance Tent: Fatboy Slim
Jazzworld Stage: Groove Armarda, Zero 7, Josheen, Cornershop, Air
That'll be a hundred quid's worth, then... still, it's sold out anyway.

• Raging Speedhorn for Reading only 14.5.02
Well, Leeds get Guns N Roses, Reading gets Raging Speedhorn. The Corby-based metallers are only playing the southern leg of the Carling Weekend. Also added to the line-up are Dillinger Escape Plan, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Herbaliser and Blade. See the line-up page for details.

• Ozzfest stage times 14.5.02
Here's the official list of who's playing when at the Ozzfest, Donington on May 25
Ozzy Osbourne 8.45 pm -
Tool 7.15 - 8.30pm
System of a Down 5.45 - 7.00pm
Slayer 4.40 - 5.30pm
Lostprophets 3.40 - 4.25pm
Cradle of Filth 2.40 - 3.25pm
Millencolin 1.45 - 2.25pm
Drowning Pool 1.00 - 1.30pm
Mad Capsule Markets 12.15 - 12.45pm
Zakk Wylde & Black Label Society 11.35 - 12.05pm
Antiproduct 11.00 - 11.25pm

Hundred Reasons 8.00 - 8.45pm
Ill Nino 7.10 - 7.40pm
Kittie 6.25 - 6.55pm
American Headcharge 5.40 - 6.10pm
Cyclefly 4.55 - 5.25pm
Hell Is For Heroes 4.10 - 4.40pm
Mushroomhead 3.25 - 3.55pm
OTEP 2.40 - 3.10pm
Nonpoint 1.55 - 2.25pm
Danko Jones 1.10 - 1.40pm
Skindred 12.25 -12.55pm
Flaw 11.40 - 12.10am
Pulse Ultra 11.00 - 11.25am

To get a printable version of this list to take with you, click here

• Some confirmations for Reading/Leeds 14.5.02
Sick of it All are, according to the band's PR agent, confirmed to headline the Concrete Jungle stage at the Carling Weekend. Official confimation to follow. New Found Glory and Finch are two further confirmations, though details of which stage or day are unknown yet.

• Reading's best boozer bulldozed! 14.5.02
The Duke of Edinburgh, just down from Reading station, and traditonally the first port of call for the serious festival drinker until its closure a few years back has been bulldozed. Reading council should hang their heads in shame.

• Hives on Lamacq Live 9.5.02
To whet your appetite for the mighty Hives at Reading, tune into Lamacq Live on Radio 1 this Monday night (May 13) to hear a 45-minute live set from the band. The Hives performance starts at 10pm.

• Radio 1 at Reading/Leeds 9.5.02
Radio 1 will broadcast two shows live from the Carling Weekend, and have an evening of highlights on August Bank Holiday Monday. The details are:
Friday August 23, 10am-12.45pm Jo Whiley at Reading
Saturday August 24 12noon-3pm Nemone at Leeds
Monday August 26 8pm-midnight Lamacq Live special
The station promises special guests and exclusive acoustic performances from the VIP backstage area. Expect Lamacq's show to feature live performances from Reading and Leeds.

• Dubliners pull out of Fleadh 9.5.02
Irish Legends the Dubliners have been forced to pull out of their headline slot on the second stage at the Fleadh. No official reason has been given as yet.

• London Essential Festival 9.5.02
The troubled Essential Festival looks set to have a second event of the year in Hackney Marshes on the weekend of August 2-4. There looks likely to be a punk stage, featuring Pennywise, AFI, Saves the Day and American Nightmare, though the scrapping of stages and rumoured poor ticket sales at the recent Essential Festival in Bristol may put this in doubt.

• Concrete Jungle Stage for Reading and Leeds? 9.5.02
According to, UK punk bands Lightyear and Jesse James will play the (as yet unconfirmed) Concrete Jungle Stage at Reading on August 24 and Leeds August 25. The site also suggests that Sick of it All are to play a "punk stage" at the Carling Weekend - presumably the Concrete Jungle Stage. Confirmation of this as soon as I get it.

• Sahara Hotnights for Reading/Leeds 9.5.02
Sahara Hotnights, who recently supported The Hives around Britain have confirmed for the main stage at Reading, August 24 and Leeds, August 25.

• Hives confirmed for Reading/Leeds 8.5.02
As if by magic, the Hives are now officially on the bill for the Carling Weekend, playing Reading on Saturday August 23, and the following day at Leeds. The Evening Session Stage line-up has been boosted with the addition of The Breeders and The Electric Soft Parade, playing Reading on Friday August 22 and Leeds Saturday 24. Jimmy Eat World are co-headliners on the Evening Session Stage at Reading on Saturday 24, and Leeds Sunday 25 and are joined by The Cooper Temple Clause, Rival Schools and The Mars Volta. For the full line-up to date, click here.

• ITV at the Festivals 7.5.02
On Wednesday May 8 there's a repeat programme in the ITV at the Festivals series, featuring Gomez and Super Furry Animals, which looks like it's Reading 2000, then. It's at 2.35am (so that's very early on Thursday, really) and on most ITV regions.

• Hives and more for Witnness 7.5.02
Sweden's finest, The Hives, have been added to the bill for Ireland's Witnness Festival on July 13/14. Joining them on the bill are Beverley Knight, Hoobastank, Lemon Jelly, Rival schools and Soulwax DJs. There's still no news on The Hives' mysterious disappearance from the Reading/Leeds bill.

• More acts for V2002 7.5.02
Royksopp, Lamb, Bluetones and Mull Historical Society have all been added to the bill for V2002, now officially the dullest festival in the world, ever.

• Guns n Roses for Leeds (but not Reading) 29.4.02
As rumoured for the last couple of days, Guns n Roses are to play the Leeds leg only of the Carling Weekend. The reasons for this remain unclear at the moment. The headliners are The Strokes, Foo Fighters and The Prodigy. For the latest details, click here.

• Reading details on Lamacq Live 27.4.02
The first details of this year's Reading/Leeds Festivals will be announced on Lamacq Live on Monday April 29. The show starts at 8pm, but if you can't be bothered to listen to several hours of sad indie shite, then I'll suffer that for you and post the details here as soon as I have them.

• Iggy Pop for Lost Weekend 27.4.02
Iggy is to headline the Lost Weekend, which takes place at London's Docklands Arena on July 13. He's joined by Pitchshifter, Soulfly, Amen, Rachel Stamp and Hatebreed, with others to follow.

• Glastonbury "sold out" plus Coldplay confirm appearance 27.4.02
All 100,000 tickets are reprted to have been sold for this year's festival and Coldplay have confirmed their much-rumoured appearance. My Vitriol have also confirmed.

• More acts for V2002 27.4.02
Sugababes, Elvis Costello, Beverley Knight, Kosheen and Soft Cell have been added to the V2002 bill - as if it wasn't dull enough already.

• Reading line-up due on April 29 21.4.02
The first official details of this summer's Reading and Leeds festivals will be released on Monday, April 29.

• The Streets confirmed for Reading, Offspring likely, too 21.4.02
Rising star The Streets has confirmed on his web-site that he will play Reading and Leeds Festivals. See for more. The Offspring also look to be a confirmation, according to Metal Hammer.

• Oasis to headline Witnness 21.4.02
Oasis are the latest addition to Ireland's Witnness Festival, to be held at Fairground Racecourse, Ireland on July 13/14. The join a line-up which includes The Prodigy, Basement Jaxx, Chemical Brothers, Foo Fighters, No Doubt, Green Day and Ian Brown. Tickets go on sale on April 27, and there's a special price of 120 Euros (including camping) until May 12. For more information, visit

• Sonic Youth for T in the Park 21.4.02
Sonic Youth will play the King Tut's Tent at T in the Park on July 14. Hoobastank are to appear on the NME Stage.

• Garbage for Glastonbury 21.4.02
Garbage are to play the main stage at Glastonbury on Friday june 28. The date is part of a European tour that includes festival dates on the continent.

• Classic festival broadcasts on radio 16.4.02
Hear five tracks from def Leppard's 1980 Reading Festival set this week on BBC 6 Music's web-site. You can also hear tracks by Page & plant from Glastonbury 1995 and Sheryl Crow at Glastonbury 1997. For more info and to hear the tracks, click here. The sets are part of Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson's shows for the BBC's new digital radio station, 6 Music. He's promising to feature more archive sets from Reading, Donington and more in future shows. The downside? You'll need a special digital radio to recieve them in high quality sound. the web site only has RealAudio files.

• Iggy for Distortion Festival 12.4.02
Iggy Pop has been added to the bill for the one day event in Nottingham on July 20. Green Day are headliners and also on the bill are A, Rival Schools and Less Than Jake. Ticket details will appear when I find out more info.

• Beta Band for Glastonbury 12.4.02
The Beta Band join the Charlatans, No Doubt, Orbital, ian Brown and Mis-Teeq on the list of confirmed bands for Glastonbury 2002.

• Basement Jaxx for T in the Park 12.4.02
Basement Jaxx are to headline the NME Stage at T in the Park on saturday July 13. Appearing with them will be Shaun Ryder's new band, SWR and Proud Mary. Orbital have been confirmed to headline the Slam tent on the Sunday. Also appearing at the festival are Jimmy Eat World, Less than Jake, Halo and Delta.

• Pogues to headline Fleadh 11.4.02
The on-off Pogues reformation continues at the Fleadh in Finsbury Park, north London on Saturday June 8. They're supported by Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, the Wonderstuff, Paul Brady, Paul Kelly, The Proclaimers, Alabama 3 and Aslan, with further acts to be announced. Tickets cost £32.50 (plus booking fee) and are available from Ticketmaster outlets and selected HMV stores, the London 24-hour credit card hotline (020 7344 0044) or the national 24-hour hotline (08701 500044).

• Orbital for Glastonbury 10.4.02
Orbital are to play the "Other" stage at Glastonbury on June 29. Mis-Teeq will appear in the dance tent.

• New bands for V2002 10.4.02
Doves, Nickelback and Counting Crows have been added to the V2002 line-up.

• Prodigy festival show likely 10.4.02
The much-rumoured Prodigy festival appearance seems more likely after it emerged that promotors have been asked for a £1 million fee for the band. The question remains as to which promotor has that sort of money to spend: Mean Fiddler or Michael Eavis?

• Lip up fatty! Bad manners in festival appearance shock 10.4.02
Okay, so it's only Peterborough's annual Willow Festival that's to be graced with the corpulent ones' presence, but it's festival news of a sort. The free event takes place on the embankment, Peterborough from Friday July 12 to Sunday July 14. Also appearing among 50 bands so far booked are Pornstar and MadonnaRama, who apparently play Madonna's songs in a grunge style - an idea they seem to have nicked from Sonic Youth spin-off Ciccone Youth. For more, check out

• Mercury Rev and Idlewild for T in the Park 2.4.02
Mercury Rev will play the King Tut's Tent on Saturday July 13. Idlewild are on the NME Stage the same day. Also in the King Tut's Tent with Mercury Rev are Athlete and The Music. On Sunday, Vex Red and the mighty Parkinsons appear on the NME Stage.

• Reading line-up "soon" 26.3.02
Fat Reg can exclusively reveal that the first official announcements about this year's Reading/Leeds festival line-ups are due very soon - possibly as soon as a week after Easter. This information has come from the press office, so it's as concrete as you'll get.

• New bands for Ozzfest 26.3.02
Hundred Reasons, Mushroomhead, Mad Capsule Markets, Nonpoint and the awesome Danko Jones will play the indoor stage at this year's Ozzfest at Castle Donington on May 25. Ozzy, Tool, System of a Down, Slayer and Cradle of Filth are all confirmed for the main stage. Tickets are on sale now, priced £39.

• More bands for Isle of Wight 26.3.02
Hundred Reasons and ex-Led Zep singer Robert Plant have been added to the Isle of Wight Festival bill on June 3. Tickets go on sale on March 22, at £35.

• Green Day for T in the Park and NME shows 26.3.02
Green Day will headline the NME Stage at T in the Park, to be held at Kinross, Scotland on July 13-14. They will also headline one of three NME-sponsored shows at Lancashire County Cricket Club on July 11, supported by No Doubt. Tickets are £25. On July 12 Paul Weller will headline, supported by Ian Brown, Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Shed Seven and Haven. Tickets for Paul Weller are £27.50. No acts have yet been annpunced for the third day, July 13. For tickets call the NME Ticketline, 0870-166 3663.

• V2002 bands announced 26.3.02
Stereophonics and Travis are to headline V2002, which takes place on August 17-18 at Hylands Park, Chelmsford and Weston Park, Stafford. Also on the bill are Badly Drawn Boy, Groove Armaada and Stereo MCs. The Chemical Brothers are to headline the NME-sponsored second stage. Other secon-stage acts include Ian Brown, Elbow and the Beta Band.

• T in the Park bands announced 7.3.02
The first details of this year's T in the Park line-up have been revealed. The Chemical Brothers will headline the second night, supported by Foo Fighters. As yet there is no word on the first night's headliners, though Oasis are rumoured. Other acts announced include ian Brown, Badly Drawn Boy, Gomez, No Doubt, the Hives, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beta Band, Joe Strummer, Mull Historical Society, Tricky, A and Haven. T in the Park takes place on the weekend of July 13/14 at Kinross, Scotland.

• Proper metal on TV 7.3.02
OK, so this is nothing to do with festivals as such, but on Tuesday March 13 at 10:40pm on BBC1 there's a programme called "When Rock Ruled the Earth." Expect footage of and interviews with classic metal bands such as Motorhead, Iron, Maiden, Saxon and Rainbow. Makes me all misty-eyed thinking about it...

• Design the official Glastonbury T-shirt and win £1000! 28.2.02
Q magazine have got together with the Glastonbury Festival to organise a competition to design the official festival T-shirt this year. The winner gets free entry to the festival and £1000. In cash. Send your design to:
Glastonbury T-shirt competition
Q magazine
Mappin House
4 Winsley Street
Closing date is April 21 and the winner will be announced in the June issue of Q, which goes on sale on May 23.

• Oasis to play Finsbury Park 26.2.02
Oasis have announced two outdoor shows in London's Finsbury Park on Saturyday and Sunday July 5/6. Support will come from the Charlatans (who are having a busy outdoor summer) and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. Tickets go on sale on March 2 at 9am, priced at £28.50 (+ £2 booking fee) and are available via the NME Ticketline on 0870-166 3663, or via the band's official web-site

• Charlatans for Glastonbury and Isle of Wight 26.2.02
The Charlatans have announced that they will be headlining the opening night (June 28) of this year's Glastonbury Festival. They will also be headlining the revived Isle of Wight one-day festival on June 3.

• Ozzfest bands announced 26.2.02
Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Slayer and System of a Down have all been confirmed for the Irish leg of this year's touring Ozzfest, which takes place at Punchestown Racecourse near Kildare on May 26. It's expected that the UK event, to be held the day before at Donington, will feature these bands, too. The announcement states that this is the "finalised" line-up, which would make the event considerably smaller than the two-stage metal-fest of previous years. Come on, more bands please!

• Supergrass and James Brown for Essential Festival 26.2.02
The first Essential Festival of 2002 will be held at Ashton Court, Bristol over the May Bank Holiday weekend, May 4-6. The three days will be themed:
May 4 Dance: Roni Size, Adam F, Richie Hawtin and Phil Hartnoll
May 5 Rock: Supergrass, the Beta Band, Shed Seven, Therapy? Six by Seven
May 6 Roots: James Brown, De La Soul, ADF, Lee Perry, Courtney pine
Tickets go on sale nationally in early March, priced £35 per day, but there is no camping at the event.

• So Solid Crew for Homelands 26.2.02
Chart-toppers So Solid Crew join Basemant Jaxx, Soft Cell and the Beta Band at Homelands on Saturday 1st June 2002, 1pm - 6am at The Bowl, Matterley Estate, Near Winchester, Hampshire. Tickets are £49. See for more details.

• Glastonbury back on! 20.2.02
This year's Glastonbury Festival is back after organiser Michael Eavis rached an agreement with the Mean Fiddler Organisation. A statement issued late this afternoon said there had been a "misunderstanding" but that the festival's future was safe. The statement went on: "as a result of the meeting Michael Eavis and the Mean Fiddler are proud to announce that they've reached a fundamental understanding as to what is needed to safeguard the spirit of the Glastonbury Festival while taking the steps necessary to secure its future."

• Glastonbury 2002 in doubt again 19.2.02
The future of this year's Glastonbury Festival has been thrown into chaos again as Michael Eavis appears to have second thoughts about the recent deal with Mean Fiddler. The Mean Fiddler organisation were to take over the security arrangements as part of their deal to buy a 20 per cent stake in the Glastonbury Festival, and if the deal collapses the local council may withdraw the event's licence. More news as it happens.

• Have YOUR say about the Ozzfest line-up 19.2.02
Ozzfest organisers want people to let them know the bands they'd most like to see at this year's event. Send your top five wish-list to

• Reading highlights on TV 18.2.02
Brief highlights from Reading are to be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday night, February 20. The two programmes are:
1:20am-1:40am Queens of the Stone Age.
2:40am-2:50am Eels
You'd think they could have shown a bit more at that time of night...

• Ozzfest dates confirmed 15.2.02
This year's Ozzfest will take place on Saturday May 25 at Castle Donington. The Irish Ozzfest will be the following day, Sunday May 26. There is also a planned Dutch Ozzfest on June 1, venue as yet unconfirmed.

• Glastonbury tickets on sale date 14.2.02
Tickets for this year's Glastonbury Festival go on sale on Friday February 15, priced £100, which includes the booking fee and a free programme. The ticket hotline number is 01159-129129. The line-up for the festival will only be announced after the event is sold out, so there could be any old crap on the bill. Currently tipped to play are Rod Stewart, Roger Waters, Coldplay, the Pretenders, Stereophonics, David Gray, Blur, Basement Jaxx, Pulp, the Cure, the Strokes, Radiohead, Starsailor and Gorillaz. See what I mean?

• Mean Fiddler buys stake in Glastonbury 14.2.02
In a shock move, Mean Fiddler, organisers of the Carling Weekend, have bought a 20 per cent stake in the Glastonbury Festival from founder Michael Eavis. The deal should ensure the future of the festival, which had been said to be in doubt if there were any repetition of large numbers getting in over the fence. Mean Fiddler would be extremely unlikely to buy a stake in anything likely to cease after this summer, after all.

• Ozzfest goes to Ireland 14.2.02
Ireland is to get it's own Ozzfest this year. The one-day event will take place at Punchestown Racecourse on May 20. Tickets go on sale on February 23. There are no line-up details yeat, but announcements will be made on And here, of course.

• Isle of Wight Festival date set 27.1.02
The date for the first Isle of Wight Festival since 1970 has been confirmed as June 3. It's a one-dayer, called Rock Island, not the two-day event originally planned and there are no confirmed acts yet, though the Who have been rumoured, along with the the Strokes, the White Stripes and Pulp. Tickets go on sale at the end of February, priced £30, and capacity is limited to 22,000. For more information, got to

• System of a Down for Ozzfest - and a new venue 27.1.02
This years UK Ozzfest is set to be held at Castle Donington sometime in June. The first confirmed acts are Ozzy himself (a solo show is expected, rather than Black Sabbath) and System of a Down. Cradle of Filth and Zakk Wylde are also rumoured to be appearing.

• Mean Fiddler denies Foo Fighters are to headline Reading 27.1.02
A report on music web-site Drowned In Sound claims that Foo Fighters are to headline Reading this year, supported by Muse. The report stated that "sources close to the band" had revealed this at a music conference in Cannes. Click here to read it in full. However, a spokesman for the Mean Fiddler's press agency denied this and said that "no bands have been booked at this point."

• Stonehenge Festival to return? 27.1.02
News has reached Fat Reg Towers of a possible Stonehenge Festival this summer, presumably round the time of the summer solstice. Details are sketchy at the moment, but there is a web-site which should reveal more over the next few months:

• Glastonbury gets the go-ahead 25.1.02
This year's Glastonbury Festival has been given the green light by local councillors, after the Police gave their approval, despite reservations about safety and the rise in crime which accompanies the festival. Organiser Michael Eavis has applied for a crowd of 140,000, though 40,000 of the tickets will be for local residents, performers and crew. Rod Stewart, The Who and ex-Pink Floyd member Roger Waters are all keen to play, so that should keep the attendance down...

• Eavis appeals for common sense 6.1.02
Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis has taken out full-page adverts in the music press appealing for calm and common sense at this year's festival. At the same time as unveiling the new 15-foot high "superfence" designed to keep people out, he asks for those without tickets not to bother turning up. Cars without ticket holders in will not be let into the car parks and people without tickets won't even be let onto the buses to the site. The message is: you will not get in without a ticket.
Right: Try getting over that! New fence has a 1.5 metre overhang and extends under the ground to prevent tunneling.
• Garbage and Chilli Peppers for Roskilde 6.1.02
Garbage and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are the first two bands confirmed for this year's Roskilde Festival, which takes place on June 27-30 in Denmark.

• Festival dates for 2002 6.1.02
Get your diaries out and fill in these dates for festivals in 2002:
April 19-21 and 26-28: All Tomorrows Parties, Camber Sands
June 27-30: Roskilde, Denmark
June 28-30: Glastonbury
July 13,14: T in the Park, Kinross, Scotland
August 23-25: Reading/Leeds
There'll be a bigger list with main bands as soon as the details start coming in.

• Isle of Wight Festival to return? 2.1.02
Isle of Wight Council have confirmed that they are planning to revive the festival, last held on the island in 1970. Acts approached to play include the Strokes, White Stripes, Charlatans, Pulp and Placebo. The festival is scheduled to take place around June 3 just outside Newport. Watch this space...

• Muse live at T in the Park on Radio 1 16.12.01
Highlights of Muse's T in the Park set from last summer will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Radio 1 on Monday December 17 from 10pm.

• White Stripes for UK festivals? 11.12.01
The White Stripes have suggested that they are not planning to return to the UK for dates before next summer, and that could well mean festival appearances. With Glastonbury in doubt, Reading would be the top choice.

• Reading live CDs on eBay 10.12.01
At the time of writing, there is an CD of Staind's Reading Festival show on offer at Other CDs from this year's Reading (all bootlegs, of course) have cropped up over the last few weeks, so it's worth checking it out every so often to see what's available.

• Big Day Out highlights on TV 10.12.01
Highlights of Australia's Big Day Out are to be shown on Channel 4 on Wednesday December 12. Bands featured should include PJ Harvey, Coldplay and the Happy Mondays.

• Glastonbury 2002 in doubt? 10.12.01
The staging of next year's Glastonbury is in doubt after orgainiser Michael Eavis temporarily withdrew his licence application following police concerns regarding "public safety". The local plod have accused the festival of having "inadequate management" and of being "unsafe". The cops go on to state that they don't want to put a stop to the festival, but want to ensure it is safe for everyone who attends. The licence application will be re-submitted before the end of the year.

• More bands announced for All Tomorrows Parties 10.12.01
The Fall, Cheap Trick, Wire, the Ex-Orkfest and Tom Verlaine are among the latest additions to the bill for next year's ATP at Camber Sands, East Sussex. For the full low-down on the Shellac-compered event, head on over to

• V2001 highlights on ITV 26.11.01
Highlights of V2001will be shown on ITV on Thursday night, November29 at 4.15am, which is very early on Friday morning, really. Better set the video.

• Our friend Wigg takes his own life 13.11.01
Wigg, who was a great friend to Fat Reg and all those who new him, sadly took his own life on the evening of Sunday November 11, 2001. We don't know what lead him to such a low point in his life - perhaps we never will - but there'll be a Wigg-shaped hole in our lives forever. He was a festival stalwart who first went to Reading way back in 1982, and almost every year since. His unique dress sense (ladies' pants and sarong) was legendary, as was his capacity for lager and laughter. Whatever was troubling him, we can only hope that he's now at peace.

• Feeder live at T in the Park on Radio 1 8.11.01
Highlights of Feeder's T in the Park set from this summer will be broadcast on Lamacq Live, Monday November 12 on Radio 1 from 10pm.

• Reviews page added to 7.11.01
New addition to the site: a page containing reviews of officially-released live recordings from various Reading Festivals. Click here to see it.

• V2001 highlights webcast 6.11.01
V2001 highlights, including Toploader, Wheatus, JJ72, Spooks and Ben Folds, will be shown during an all-day webcast on Wednesday November 14 at

System of a Down at Reading on Radio 1 22.10.01
Highlights of System of a Down's Sunday afternoon performance at Reading will be broadcast during Mary-Anne Hobbs' Radio 1 Rock Show, which starts at midnight on Tuesday October 23.

Leeds Festival to get new home? 22.10.01
Following complaints about trouble at the Leeds leg of the Carling Weekend, and the time taken to clear the site after the event, the local council are to look for an alternative site for the 2002 festival. This is despite the defeat of a council resolution calling for the termination of the Mean Fiddler's contract to hold the event at Temple Newsam Park. A second resolution criticised the "criminal activity" (ie burning of the Portaloos) and the delay in cleaning up the site, but "welcomed the planned talks between Mean Fiddler and local residents to discuss alternative locations."

Green Day live at the Reading Festival on Lamacq Live 16.10.01
Highlights of Green Day's Friday night show at Reading will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Monday October 22 from 10pm on Radio 1.

Queens of the Stone Age's reading show on Radio 1 7.10.01
Highlights of the Queens' Sunday afternoon performance at Reading will be broadcast during Mary-Anne Hobbs' Radio 1 Rock Show, which starts at midnight on Tuesday October 9.

Live Mercury Rev Reading Festival track on NME free CD 4.10.01
The current NME (cover date 6 October 2001) comes with a free CD, which includes "Tides of the Moon" by Mercury Rev, recorded live at this year's Reading Festival.

Supergrass live at Reading on Lamacq Live 27.9.01
Highlights of Supergrass' Saturday night show at Reading will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Monday October 1 from 10pm on Radio 1.

More of classic Stranglers set from Reading released 27.9.01
The Stranglers 1987 live album "All Live and All of the Night" has just been re-issued with an extra nine tracks. Much of the original release was recorded at the Reading Festival in 1987.

Travis live at the Reading Festival on Lamacq Live 19.9.01
Highlights of Travis' Friday night headline slot at Reading will be broadcast on Lamacq Live on Monday September 24 from 10pm on Radio 1.

"Classic" Reading Festival performances released 19.9.01
Live sets recorded at reading by Ride and New Order have just been released. Ride's 1992 appearance is part of a 3-CD box set, OX4, which also includes a "best of" CD and a disc of unreleased recordings. New Order's 1998 show is on their new live DVD-only release "New Order 3 16" which also features a 1981 show from New York and an interview with the band.

First bands announced for All Tomorrow's Parties 2002 15.9.01
Next year's ATP festival will be held over two successive weekends, April 19-21 and April 26-28 and will be curated by Steve Albini, Shellac frontman and the man at the mixing desk for the recording of Nirvana's "In Utero". Acts confirmed so far include: The Breeders, Robbie Fulks, Plush, Low, The Ex, Dead Moon, Silkworm, Shannon Wright, Nina Nastasia, Blonde Redhead, The Oxes, Shellac, Brick Layer Cake, The Lonesome Organist, The Rachels, Threnody Ensemble, Shipping News, Dianogah, Neurosis, Flour, Arcwelder, The Danielson Famile and Will Oldham. Weekend tickets are £100.

Don't forget your parents! 15.9.01
Organisers of Australia's Big Day Out have introduced a "no unaccompanied under-15s" rule for next year's festivals. The move follows the death of a teenager during Limp Bizkit's set at Sydney in January 2001. No under 15s will be allowed in unless accompanied by a parent and crowd-surfing will be more rigidly controlled. There has been no comment so far from UK festival organisers.

The Strokes for Glastonbury 2002? 15.9.01
Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis has said that he wants the Strokes for Glastonbury 2002 after seeing them at Reading. The festival also looks set to include Radiohead, Coldplay and Rod Stewart, who is being lined up to headline the Sunday night. Glastonbury looks certain to happen following this year's cancellation. A hearing to look into the safety measures introduced is set for November. Eavis' Farm Aid festival will take place on October 27 at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. Coldplay and Ash are the headliners. Tickets are about £35. Call 0115-912 9115 for more details.