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READING UPDATE

Firstly I’d like to apologise, my internet signal was rubbish, hence why there were no updates.
However, I am back now, and ready to update you all.

DAY 1: Green Day, System Of A Down, Skindred and Bastille.
One of the first acts I saw were Skindred, a metal/reggae band. It was a weird combination, however I enjoyed some of their set. Bastille did a secret set at the BBC Introducing stage, before then going on to play the NME stage. We saw a little bit of both sets, they were very good and I got to see my favourite song: Laura Palmer performed live. 

The last two acts were System Of A Down and Green Day, both were AMAZING. System were crazy, luckily I wasn’t too far into the crowd. They played Chop Suey, BYOB and Sugar, my three favourite songs. I’ve been waiting to see Green Day since I was about 14, and they blew me away, playing the whole of Dookie, and songs from Uno!, Dos!, Tre!, and American Idiot (Their best album written) then ending with Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life).

DAY 2: Imagine Dragons, White lies, Lucy Rose and Eminem.
Saturday was fairly chilled, seeing little acts. The first act we saw were Imagine Dragons, who were superb, despite the fact I only knew of Radio Active and It’s Time. The crowd went crazy for them.
We sat from the side watching White Lies (Who I have seen before when they supported Muse in 2010 at Wembley along with Biffy Clyro) They played a set list consisting of songs from their new album and some old favourites. They were very good, the front man has a very distinctive voice.

Lucy Rose was due for a signing in the NME signing tent. I went along and met her before seeing her set later that night (She was really lovely!) After meeting her I went along to her set in the Festival Republic stage. She sang a few new songs which were slightly heavier, and songs from her album (Like we used to). I thought she was a lot more popular than she really is, and I can’t figure out why, she has a beautiful voice!

Unfortunately I missed Chase and Status as I was watching Lucy Rose, but after we casually watched Eminem from the side. Eminem isn’t really my kind of taste in music, however I decided to go along and see him play anyway, he was good I guess, however there was a slight bit of controversy as to whether he mimed or not.

There were some lovely food stalls at Reading, Stone baked pizza (Which were a favourite), Ostrich burgers, a Halloumi and Chorizo stall, liqorice, smoothies and cupcakes, as well as the usual fish and chips, chicken and burger stalls.

DAY 3: Twenty One Pilots, HAIM, Fall Out Boy, Disclosure, Nine Inch Nails, and Biffy Clyro.

I’d been recommended Twenty One Pilots by a couple who I’d met at Reading, so I decided to go along and see them. They are a very strange mix of music, the front man rapped, played ukulele, piano and sang through out the set. The drums were also slightly overpowering, and almost louder than the front man. I’d compare them to AWOLNATION, a couple of their songs are similar and have that cheerful vibe to them.

Next were HAIM (Probably who I was most looking forward to seeing). They did an amazing set, playing the popular favourites: Better Off, The Wire, Oh Well, Falling, Don’t Save Me, Forever and Let Me Go. All 3 of them looked as rock and roll as usual. Alana came down to the crowd, running along the barriers and every time Este pulled a BASS FACE there would be a massive cheer. Later on Este went on to DJ in the alternative tent during the propaganda set, which I sadly missed.

Afterwards I went to Chill out by the Main stage to watch Fall Out Boy. I wasn’t too fussed, so didnt stay for the whole of their set, but they were good playing new songs, as well as the old classics, Dance Dance and Sugar we’re going down.

Whilst queuing for stone baked pizza, I watched a bit of Disclosures set. They were pretty good, the kind of music that made you want to dance, playing the two most popular songs You and Me and White Noise.

Whilst waiting for Biffy Clyro I saw a bit of Nine Inch Nails’ set. I only know of one of their songs (That one that is on rock band), they’re a strange genre of music. Heavy Electro/Rock is the only way I guess I could describe them. The kind of music that would sound good in a movie, but live it was LOUD and Distorted.
Then came Biffy. I was in amongst the crowd when they came on, and boy did they cause a stir. Mosh pits to the left and right of me! I didn’t get involved of course, I’m 5 ft 2 and would be crushed instantly.  The played an amazing set, finishing off the weekend with 21 songs of the old and the new, followed by the setting alight of his guitar.

Overall my highlights of the weekend were meeting Lucy Rose and seeing her set, Green Day, System Of A Down, Haim, and Biffy Clyro.
Reading is a high energy, party rock festival with lots of interesting acts to see. If you’re after a fun filled, drunk, party weekend then it’s definitely the festival for you. I am absolutely exhausted and I reckon it’s going to take me a couple of days to recover.
Definitely not the place for children!

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