Reading Festival Day 1With over 100,000 festival goers congregating into one field in the middle of Reading, Berkshire they were here to encounter 3 days of non-stop music from an assortment of different genres that would suit everyone’s musical taste.
Friday’s festivities began on the main stage with Hacktivist followed by the energetic Japanese band Crossfaith.
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Jimmy Eat World returned to the UK for the first time since last year, putting on a set that featured songs from their now decade old album “Futures” and closing with fan favourite “The Middle”.
Day 1 also featured the debt UK performance from former frontman of My Chemical Romance Gerard Way. There had been rumours earlier that he was going to perform some of MCR songs but this proved false and his performance showed fans that Gerard Way was very much a solo artist in his own right.
Not only sound problems and a dinosaur could stop the energetic Hayley Williams and Paramore from delivering a set which proved a festival highlight. Unfortunately halfway through the set, the sound system gave up and left Hayley and fellow band members, Jeremy Davis and Taylor York sitting on the stage waiting for the sound to come back. With the sound off for 10 minutes, Paramore treated the Reading crowd to an acoustic version of “Only Exception”. When the sound was finally restored, they performed “Misery Business” with Hayley telling the Reading crowd she wanted help to sing her favourite part of the song and picked a lucky member of the audience, a girl dressed in a dinosaur onesie who had just as much energy as Hayley did.
The main headliner Queens Of The Stone Age closed the first day at Reading with a set filled of heavy guitar riffs and performing classic hits such as You Think I Ain’t Worth a Dollar, but I Feel Like a Millionaire, No One Knows, Feel Good Hit of the Summer and closing with A Song For the Dead.
Day 2 of Reading kicked off with mosh pits being formed for Brighton based Gnarwolves who highly robust set that included songs ‘Smoking Kills’ and ‘Hate Me (Don’t Stand Still)’ with the crowd already hyped up for more moshing, Pulled Apart by Horses continued the trend and performed ‘Medium Rare’ and ‘Lizard Baby’ from their new EP “Blood” with guitarist James Brown jumping into the crowd towards the end of “High Five, Swan Dive, Nose Dive”.
Newbury locals, Dry the River played a much calmer set with songs “Alarms In The Heart” and ‘Hidden Hand’ from their upcoming album.
Peace performed a guitar filled set with songs ‘Lovesick’ and their latest song ‘Money’ Before ending with “Bloodshake” telling the Reading crowd they will be back soon.
Swedish rockers “The Hives” dressed in white jackets and black trousers played a set that consisted of frontman Pelle Almqvist heading into the crowd for “I Want More”. The mosh pits were back for “Tick, Tick,Boom” and before long Almqvist joined the crowd again.
Foster the People set contained crowd favourites “Pumped Up Kicks” along with songs from their latest album “Supermodel” “Coming of Age” and “Pseudologia Fantastica”
Las Vegas natives “Imagine Dragons” were up next and performed a phenomenal performance of “Radioactive” with the majority of the Reading crowd singing along too.
A short time later Jake Bugg performed an hour long set playing on an acoustic guitar that contained songs ‘I’ve Seen It All,’ After ‘Broken’ and ‘Me And You’.
Headliners Arctic Monkeys third time at the Reading festival were greeted with a huge roar from the crowd and even flares were lit in the crowd during “I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor”. Most of their hour and 40minutes long set contained a majority of songs from last year’s album “AM”. Alex Turner frontman, a man with few words, ended the set playing “I Wanna Be Yours” but not before telling the audience “Reading, please sleep sound in the knowledge I just wanna be yours,”