THE organisers of Reading Festival - the biggest music festival in the region - have confirmed the event will go ahead this summer following the release of the Government's road map out of lockdown.

The event - and its sister event at Leeds - is set to take place from August 27-29 with sets by Stormzy, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Disclosure, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi and Queens Of The Stone Age. Many more names are to be announced.

Reading Festival takes place on the banks of the Thames and is a popular draw for Oxfordshire music fans. the line-up invariably features a clutch of Oxfordshire bands.

Among the county's stars to have graced its stages are Radiohead, Foals and Supergrass.

A number of Oxfordshire festivals have also vowed to continue if safe, with Cornbury Festival, in Great Tew from July 9-11 - and headlined by Bryan Adams - suggesting revellers could be admitted after producing a negative Covid test result.

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Truck festival in Steventon also plans to press ahead if safe. The weekender would take place at Hill Farm from July 23-25. And while the line-up has not been announced, it is hoped to feature many of the acts from last year’s cancelled event, such as Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish and The Bottlemen, The Kooks, La Roux and Oxfordshire’s Rhys Lewis.