Whether you're a little worse for wear or ready to party through the night for the third time in a row, Sunday at Reading is an unmissable occurrence. With 2022 boasting an incredible line up across the board, today's acts are some of the shining stars of modern pop and rock – despite the absence of a certain band. And, if you've had better things to do than wade through a muddy field in a daze this weekend, there's still a super simple way of catching the action anywhere. Here's how to watch Sunday at Reading 2022.
Yes, we know Rage Against the Machine pulled out, and despite being almost the antithesis of the Californian quartet, The 1975 are worthy headliner stand-ins. Backed by Charli XCX, Run the Jewels, Denzel Curry and more, Main Stage East is a force to be reckoned with.
However, with Main Stage West boasting Halsey and Bastille, Aussie rockers DMA's, and Bradford bassline jokers Bad Boy Chiller Crew, it could be a difficult decision who to end your weekend watching.
Elsewhere, Hybrid Minds, Arrdee, Danny Brown, 100 Gecs, Beabadoobee, Ashnikko and tons more will be performing, so whatever you're into, there'll be something to feast your eyes and ears upon.
If you're not on the frontline, 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 Sunday live stream from anywhere - starting with how to watch Reading Sunday for FREE in the UK. We've also listed the Sunday line up for the main stages further down the page.
How to watch Reading Sunday 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 Sunday'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 Sunday 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 Sunday 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 Sunday 2022 line up and times
SUNDAY, AUGUST 28
Main Stage East
- The 1975
- Charli XCX
- Run the Jewels
- Pale Waves
- Denzel Curry
Main Stage West
- Bad Boy Chiller Crew
- The K's
Radio 1 Dance Stage
- Hybrid Minds
- TS7 (live)
- The Stickmen Project
- 100 Gecs
- Sad Night Dynamite
Festival Republic Stage
- Role Model
- Chloe Moriondo
- The Blinders
- The Native
- Daisy Brain
- Abby Roberts
- Brooke Combe
Radio 1Xtra Stage
- Danny Brown
- a1 x J1
- Wes Nelson
- Joe Unknown
BBC Introducing Stage
- Miso Extra
- Claudia Valentine
- Anorak Patch
- Panic Shack
- Boy Bleach
- Just Wondering
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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.