Woman, 20, dies in hospital after falling ill at Reading Festival over Bank Holiday weekend

A woman has died after being taken ill at Reading Festival.

Organisers Festival Republic said the 20-year-old died on Friday evening at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

It has been reported that the woman had a pre-existing condition and was with family members when she passed away.

Organisers said: ‘It is with deep sadness that Festival Republic confirms there has been a death at Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Organisers Festival Republic said the 20-year-old died on Friday evening at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Organisers Festival Republic said the 20-year-old died on Friday evening at Royal Berkshire Hospital

Organisers Festival Republic said the 20-year-old died on Friday evening at Royal Berkshire Hospital

‘A 20-year-old festival-goer with a pre-existing condition tragically passed away on Friday evening.

‘Her family was with her when she died. We are in touch with her family and extend our sincerest sympathy to them and her friends.’

Thames Valley Police have been approached for comment. 

More than 100,000 people are thought to have attended the August bank holiday with a simultaneous festival being held in Leeds with the same headliners.

More than 100,000 people are thought to have attended the August bank holiday with a simultaneous festival being held in Leeds with the same headliners

More than 100,000 people are thought to have attended the August bank holiday with a simultaneous festival being held in Leeds with the same headliners

More than 100,000 people are thought to have attended the August bank holiday with a simultaneous festival being held in Leeds with the same headliners

The line-up for 2021 includes Liam Gallagher, Stormzy and Catfish and the Bottlemen. 

Last year’s incarnation of the three-day festival was cancelled due to the pandemic.

On Saturday, Festival Republic managing director Melvin Benn praised both Reading and Leeds festivals and said it had given young people a place where ‘they did not have to think about Covid’ and could ‘live freely’.

To attend the event, festival-goers have either had to show proof of full vaccination, a negative lateral flow test or immunity with a PCR test. 

Volunteers at the site have been offering revellers the chance to get their jab. 

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