There's nothing quite like a Saturday at Reading – true, you've already drunk most of your cans and you're regretting your one-man pop-up tent in the morning, but come midday you're back into the swing of things with plenty to look forward to. However, if you've done the "sensible" thing and opted to stay at home out of the mud, there's still a super simple way to catch all the action – which includes massive sets from Arctic Monkeys and Bring me the Horizon – from the comfort of your sofa. Here's how to watch Saturday at Reading 2022.
Reading's Saturday line in 2022 is arguably one of the finest we've seen for years. Alex Turner and co. will get you dancing like a robot from 1984 (don't place bets on hearing debut album material, though), with AJ Tracey, Wolf Alice and Irish post-punks Fontaines DC warming up the Main Stage East crowd beforehand.
For those who remember Myspace, spray-on Topman jeans, chequered Vans and nose-length fringes, Main Stage West may be more appealing, with Bring Me the Horizon and Enter Shikari as the must-see acts of the weekend.
With Krept & Konan, Unknown T and American alt-hop star JPEGMafia bolstering the Radio 1Xtra stage, plus Wilkinson and Sigma delivering 170bpm bangers on the dance stage, there's veritable glut of tuneage on offer.
If you're not in the trenches, though, the kind folk at the BBC are offering a ton of performances for FREE. All you need to do is read on as we explain how to watch a 2022 Reading Saturday live stream from anywhere - starting with how to watch Reading Saturday for FREE in the UK. We've also listed the Saturday line up for the main stages further down the page.
How to watch Reading Saturday 2022 for FREE
The BBC's official TV guide doesn't have any live TV slots booked out for the Reading or Leeds Festivals, but in previous years a wide range of performances have been available on iPlayer.
That means you should be able to live stream Saturday's Reading acts as they happen, and we expect them to be available on-demand for around a month afterwards. Plus, it's all free with a valid TV licence. Not in the UK right now?
Use ExpressVPN to watch BBC iPlayer from abroad – with a no-quibble 30-day money-back guarantee.
BBC iPlayer works across a huge array of devices, including laptops, tablets, smartphones, media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast and Roku, and PlayStation and Xbox consoles.
How to watch a Reading Saturday live stream from anywhere
Unfortunately, if you try to watch your domestic coverage of Reading Fest 2022 from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem - geo-blocking.
That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for streamers all over the world, but there's an easy solution. The best VPN – otherwise known as a virtual private network – can alter your IP address to make it appear like you’re somewhere else. While this can be used for privacy, it can also be used to access your preferred streaming platform back home, even when you're out of the country.
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Once you've chosen and installed your VPN of choice, simply open the service's corresponding app, hit 'choose location', select the appropriate country and you'll be able to watch the broadcast as if you were back at home.
How to use a VPN to watch Reading Saturday 2022
Using a VPN is as easy as one-two-three...
1. Download and install a VPN - as we say, our top choice is ExpressVPN
2. Connect to the appropriate server location - open the VPN app, hit 'choose location' and select a UK location for BBC iPlayer.
3. Go to the BBC iPlayer stream - head to BBC iPlayer on your browser or app site or app and watch as if you were at home.
Can I watch Reading in the US, Canada, Australia and anywhere else?
Reading is one of the highlights of the British music calendar, but it's only televised in the UK, with countries like the US, Canada, and Australia missing out entirely.
If you're a UK citizen abroad, your best option for watching your country's coverage is use one of the best VPN service providers as described above. We recommend ExpressVPN. It's reliable, good value and very effective but do take look at others listed below.
Reading Saturday 2022 line up and times
SATURDAY, AUGUST 27
Main Stage East
- Arctic Monkeys
- Wolf Alice
- Fontaines DC
- AJ Tracey
- The Lathums
Main Stage West
- Bring Me the Horizon
- D-Block Europe
- Enter Shikari
- The Sherlocks
Radio 1 Dance Stage
- A.M.C. ft. Phantom
- Madison Beer
- Tai Verdes
- Gus Dapperton
- Tommy Farrow
- Police Car Collective
Festival Republic Stage
- Kid Brunswick
- Taipei Houston
- The Skinner Brothers
- Static Dress
Radio 1Xtra Stage
- Krept & Konan
- Unknown T
- French the Kid
- Country Dons
- DJ Target
- Ty Leone
- Crystal Millz
BBC Introducing Stage
- Christian Alexander
- Jazmine Flowers
- Gabe Coulter
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Mo Harber-Lamond is VPN Editor at Tom's Guide, and contributor for TechRadar. He focuses on cybersecurity content for Tom's Guide, and creates insightful content across the board to help readers make informed buying choices.