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Thousands arrive for Reading Festival, despite weekend rail strike

More 90,000 people are expected in Reading this weekend for three days of live music.

And the big question is: will it be another mudfest like the Reading Festival in 2011?

And with a rail strike over the weekend will they be able to get home afterwards? Mel Bloor has our report, followed by an interview with Transport Correspondent Mike Pearse. He talks about the First Great Western strike this Bank Holiday weekend.

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Music fans arrive for Reading Festival

Campers, prepared for the weather, arrive at Reading Station Credit: ITV

It's that time again - Reading Festival is back for 2015 and more than 90,000 people are expected in Reading over the weekend. Campers started to arrive at the site in Richfield Avenue on Wednesday although the vast majority of weekend ticket holders joined to queue on Thursday ahead of the three days of live music.

Headliners revealed for this year's Reading Festival

Excitement grows for this year's Reading Festival Credit: ITV news

The organisers of Reading Festival have revealed MUMFORD & SONS as main stage headliners this year

The British rock band last appeared at Reading in 2010. Festival boss Melvin Benn comments: “I’m delighted to have secured Mumford & Sons for Main Stage headliners this summer and can’t wait to see them return to the Festivals for their first UK performance in over two years. With today’s announcement of a further eight great acts joining the bill, the Reading & Leeds line-up is already shaping up to be one of the best ever and I’m looking forward to revealing the third headliner and even more great artists soon.”

Royal Blood, Bastille, Deadmau5, Revel Sound feat Chase & Status and Rage, David Rodigan and Shy FX, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Years & Years, Wolf Alice, Pretty Vicious, Jack Garratt and Hannah Wants will also appear across the weekend!

Metallica has already been announced as a headliner in a UK Festival exclusive at Reading. The Festival takes place on August bank holiday

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Weather doesn't spoil festival goers weekend as they head home

Thousands of music fans braved the wind and rain today as they made their way home from the Reading Festival. Thames Valley Police have been reporting a slight drop in crime compared to last year. Two people have been arrested and bailed in connection with a rape. There have also been a number of thefts and drugs offences.The site at Richfield Avenue was cleared this morning, and even the weather didn't spoil the weekend. Lauren Hall reports

Clean-up operation underway at Reading Festival

Festival-goers leave the site at Richfield Avenue Credit: ITV Meridian

A major clean-up operation is underway at one of the region's biggest music festivals.

Reading Festival finished last night with thousands of festival-goers now leaving the site at Richfield Avenue in the rain and mud. People are being warned of delays on the roads around the town centre.

Festival-goers leave the site at Richfield Avenue Credit: ITV Meridian
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