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FROM MICK JAGGER TO KURT COBAIN: A HISTORY OF ONE OF THE WORLD’S OLDEST MUSICAL FESTIVALS

Words by Lois Plummer, Print Entertainment Editor for The Spark.

 

From New Order to Eminem, Reading & Leeds Festival have hosted some of the most iconic and influential musical talents of our time.

Before the festival gained its prolific status, it had sprouted from the humble grounds of Richmond, Surrey, as a jazz festival in the Summer of 1961. The National Jazz Festival, as it was affectionately coined, featured up and coming British jazz artists of the time, in a small marquee on an athletic ground.» >

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Oh What a Night: Summer Ball ’19

Words by The Spark’s Entertainment Editor, Lois Plummer. 

The setting of a lilac sun signalled the start of the biggest and longest student night of the
year: the 2019 Summer Ball.

Excitement buzzed as students flocked to the open green behind the Students’ Union, adorned with glitter and festival-wear, ready for our very own end-of- year campus festival.

The brisk summer evening was graced with endless festival essentials: the flashing neon of fairground rides, the delicious smells coming from the food vans, and not to mention the nightlong supply of music.» >

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RUDS: A Guide to Reading’s Drama Society

Words by Ben Harper Stone & Josh Bryant.

 

Drama societies have had a large presence in university life for decades. Our university is no exception, with the Reading University Drama Society (RUDS) boasting over a hundred members. The society performs throughout the year, with shows ranging from Shakespeare’s classics to contemporary musicals. But what’s it actually like to be in RUDS?  

Involvement in this society has been highly rewarding due to its many hard-working and dedicated members working on what they are passionate about, from acting to directing, set design and lighting.» >

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