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The tracks of my years

It’s music festival season, with Reading Festival happening next month, as it has done for over 60 years.

@OfficialRandL runs for three days over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of August Bank Holiday weekend each year. It is the world’s oldest popular music festival still running and started life in 1955 as Beaulieu Jazz Festival. It gradually changed to be a predominantly rock festival and found a permanent home in Reading in 1971.

Not a lot of people know this, but in 1984 the local Conservative council reclaimed the festival fields for development, at short notice, and refused licences for the festival in 1984 and 1985, said actions probably enabling the Glastonbury festival to become firmly established on the festival calendar. Reading was reinstated on neighbouring fields when Labour regained control in 1986, but struggled in the popularity stakes until 1992.

In 1999 Reading joined forces with Leeds and now the bands playing Reading play Leeds the following day, and the opening acts at Leeds play Reading’s final day. 

In 2005 Reading Fringe Festival began which encourages smaller acts by setting them up in town centre locations.

Around 90,000 camping and day visitors attend the festival each year to see over 200 acts, including the coveted headline spot. Previous headliners include Eminem, the Rolling Stones, Nirvana and Biffy Clyro.

An average music track uses about 4MB of data. 

If each artist plays 10 songs that’s 200 x 10 x 60 x 4MB = 480000MB = 480GB or 0.48TB.

Over 60 years, that’s a lot of music…requiring a lot of data storage!