Reading & Leeds festival is finally here. To say I’m excited would be an understatement. I adore festivals and live music, I was brought up in a pretty musical family, not playing instruments, but learning how to appreciate a great band, listening to an album on loop over and over, until the bass line was ingrained in my mind.
When most kids around me were listening to Spice Girls and The Backstreet Boys, my parents were introducing me to the world of Metallica, Slayer, Black Sabbath, Suicidal Tendency’s… I could go on.
Watching live music, especially rock bands, has always been a great experience, it’s euphoric, electric, the sound of the guitar rippling through the amp, feeling like it’s about to burst through my chest. For that temporary moment you forget about everything and lose yourself in the music. So a weekend of this at a festival, is a great form of escapism, to completely change your surroundings, get away from your mobile phone and television screens and immerse yourself in this world.
This will be my second time at Reading Festival, I first went back in 2014 and had a brilliant time, it was a bit gross, smelly, dirty and I kind of loved it, that’s what a festival is about. However, I usually prefer a smaller, more intimate festival, but when the line up is just killer sometimes the big commercial festivals is the best way to see so many incredible bands in one space. I’m not going to lie, festivals are not the cheapest, but if the line up is right, it’s worth every penny.
Of the line up, the artists I’m most looking forward to seeing this year are:
– Sea Girls, BBC R1 Stage
– Hayley Kiyoko, BBC R1 Stage
– You Me At Six – Main Stage
– The 1975, Main Stage
– Pvris, BBC R1 Stage
– Hot Milk, The Pit
– Enter Shikari, Main Stage & The Pit
– A Day To Remember, Main Stage
– Foo Fighters, Main Stage
There are a few big gaps in stage times across the weekend, which could be secret sets, in the past Reading has seen the likes of Bring Me The Horizon, You Me At Six, Slaves and Green Day turn up for a surprise set. There are a few names circulating of who it could be this year, one band that is rumoured which I’m really hoping for Biffy Clyro, but I think that will be an unlikely booking, however it could be Foals or Catfish and the Bottlemen.
Away from the music, I’ll be hitting up the alternative stage to watch some stand up comedy, along with visiting some of my favourite brands such as Vans and Pepsi Max. If I can last long enough I’ll take a walk over to the silent disco tent on Saturday night and the Buttoned Down indie disco party on Sunday night, once the headliners have finished.
Are you heading to Reading or Leeds this year? If you, who are you most looking forward to? Let me know!