2021 marks fifty years of Reading Festival, the iconic event that put Reading on the map for music lovers across the globe. This anniversary forms the heart of our latest exhibition, 'The 1971 READING FESTIVAL: For the First Time’, which tells the story of that first festival, and of the musicians, sounds and crowds that brought it to life.
Join us in the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery for this not-to-be-missed exhibition. Discover rare and unseen photographs by legendary photographers including Jill Furmanovsky. Learn about the festival’s story through expert narration by Ian Shirley (Record Collector magazine). Explore a remarkable range of objects and ephemera from the first festival. And enjoy brilliant artistic responses by local young people, showing what Reading Festival means to them today.
'The 1971 READING FESTIVAL: For the First Time' is free to view and runs from Thursday 26 August 2021 to Saturday 29 January 2022 in the Sir John Madejski Art Gallery. Plan your visit today.