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Amandeep enjoys the sound of summer at one of the UK’s many music festivals. She even gets to go backstage with a British band!

Watch the video. Then go to Task and do the activities.

Task 1

Watch Amandeep's documentary about the Reading Music Festival. Which of these questions is answered in the documentary? Click on six questions.


Task 2

Can you remember the missing information in these sentences? Watch the documentary again and complete the sentences with the correct words and numbers.


Task 3

Use the correct words to complete Amandeep's introduction to her documentary. Then watch the video again to check.



Language level

Intermediate: B1


A couple of times I was on the concerts.
People like music festivals because they can see their favourite singers, feel general atmosphere of crowd and of course hear live music.

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Hi, guys, what a festival! I think it would be great to feel this environment and to sleep in a tent with your friends, there are lots of festivals across the world but I think this could be one of the best in U.k.

Hello, Team.
Help me with this please..
"It was getting dark, so after looking around, I headed backstage again to see how the band were doing"
In my understanding, why Amandeep speaks in the past form is because she wants to tell us story of her trip, right?
But how about this one,
"Late in the afternoon, the band arrive backstage by tour bus".
Why is the verb in the sentence is 'arrive'?
Shouldn't it has been written 'were arriving' as she says 'it was getting dark'?
Would you please explain?
Thank you very much indeed.

Hello Nizam,

The present tense can be used to tell stories. This is quite frequent especially in spoken English, as is the case here. The sentence about the band arriving backstage comes after a series of other sentences in the present tense, and when it is spoken we see the band getting out of the bus, so the present tense makes sense here.

Amandeep could also have used the present tense in the other part you ask about. I couldn't say for sure why she chose the past tense here. My guess is that it is because she recorded herself saying these words after the festival and saw the event as past at that point.

I hope this helps you make sense of it.

All the best,
The LearnEnglish Team

I have never gone to any gig or concert, but I think outdoor fastivals are absolutely fantastic .

actually, i have never participated in any outdoor concert, could you tell me more about that!!! what kind of music do you like ??

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In 1993 I was learning English from BBC radio. It’s very nice lesson.
We learned English from the song like “wind of change” from scorpion.
We learned word by word from that song.
I really like this lesson but I can’t find it now on internet or other.
Would you like to help to find that site?
Or just like that, anything.
The important thing we are learning from the song lyric.
Thank you very much for your help.