13 Reasons Why Reading Is The Best Rock Festival In The World
Here are some of our highlights from the weekend...
As festival season draws to a close and summer seems a distant memory, thousands of people flock to Reading and Leeds for one last blow-out before Autumn arrives.
We headed to Reading to catch all the action, and we weren't disappointed.
With suberb headline performances and amazing secret sets, we round up 13 reasons why Reading Festival is simply the best...
1) Friday’s Line Up Was A Dream For Grown Up Emo Kids
2) Panic! At The Disco Channeled Their Inner Freddie Mercury
If you’ve seen Panic! At The Disco before, you will know that frontman, Brendon Urie, has an impressive falsetto range, with him often taking verses up the octave, just for the hell of it.
You will also know that they bring out a little known Queen song called, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, you may have heard of it.
Arguably no one can do it better than Mercury himself, but Urie and co. have a bloody good go at it.
3) All Time Low Hosted A Dance Party On The Main Stage
The highlight of their set, which they’ve done many times before, is to get a group of fans from the crowd up on stage to have their very own ‘dance party’ to ‘Timebomb’.
The delight on their faces as they rock out next to their heroes was pretty endearing, and this is why they’re often known as some of the nicest guys in rock. Aww.
4) Peace Returned To Their Roots With A BBC Introducing Surprise Show
The coveted TBA slots are always widely speculated, and usually pretty damn popular! For example the likes of Bastille and Bombay Bicycle Club have performed there in recent years.
This year was no different with indie dreamboats, Peace, taking to the stage on Friday (August 28). The band tweeted earlier in the day announcing their set meaning word spread pretty quickly and the stage was jam-packed.
5) Foals Show Us 'What Went Down' With Their Secret Saturday Set
This year, Foals were the band that accepted the NME/Radio1 Stage TBA slot challenge.
With new album What Went Down out now (as of August 28) the band had a whole host of doting fans waiting to hear them.
6) Bastille Bid Farewell To 'Bad Blood'
With fans all over the world having the opportunity to see Bastille over the past couple of years, font man Dan Smith announced to the crowd that their Reading and Leeds shows will be among the last of this epic tour with their debut album Bad Blood.
With this in mind, their performance had that extra bit of oomph, and having never played the Main Stage at Reading before, this was a special one for everyone involved.
7) Royal Blood Show The Reading Crowd Why They’d Be Perfect Headliners
Playing the Main Stage at Reading Festival is something that every band should be insanely proud of, for Royal Blood, their set on Saturday showed that they’ll be back to headline pretty soon.
Their debut self-titled record was simply made for this setting, and even though it rained, thousands of people still showed up to rock out to the likes of ‘Figure It Out’ and ‘Come On Over’.
8) Jamie T Carried On The Grudge On Sunday
Jamie T rounded up his Carry On The Grudge touring stint with an amazing set on Sunday.
Playing classics from all three of his records, including ‘Sheila’ and ‘Zombie’, he had the crowd singing along from start to finish.
9) Charli XCX Got The Dance Tent Going
Despite cancelling the second half of her US co-headline tour with Bleachers, Charli XCX wasn’t fazed as she took to the stage in the Dance tent on Saturday.
Playing hit after hit, the packed out tent jumped along to the likes of ‘I Love It’ and ‘Famous’.
And, so as not to disappoint us, she even bought her giant inflatable guitar with her...
10) Mumford And Sons Closed Friday With An Epic Two Hour Set
For any band, playing two hours worth of material must be a challenge, and it takes something pretty spectacular to keep the crowd engaged for that long.
Mumford and Sons, however, seemed unfazed as they stormed through three albums worth of hits.
Finishing with ‘The Wolf’, this Reading headline slot will be a performance to remember.
11) Alexisonfire And Bring Me The Horizon Got Hardcore On Saturday
Despite recent additions of rappers and Hip-Hop artists to the bill, Reading is still, at its core, the ultimate rock festival.
Bands like Alexisonfire and Bring Me The Horizon show us just that.
Surrounded by old school Alexisonfire fans, their comeback has been one of the most welcome of recent years. As they played classics like ‘Boiled Frogs’ and ‘This Could Be Anywhere In The World’ it was like they’d never left us.
From one Canadian rock band, to one a little closer to home, Bring Me The Horizon slayed the Main Stage with an epic set of their greatest hits including ‘The House Of Wolves’ and ‘Throne’.
12) Pete Doherty and co. Triumphantly Close The Festival, Reminding Us That We’re ‘All Libertines’
After a packed summer of reunion shows and with a new album on the way, The Libertines didn’t disappoint as they closed Reading Festival on Sunday.
As always their brand of organized chaos took over the Main Stage with hits such as ‘What Katie Did’ and ‘Can’t Stand Me’ providing the expected sing along from the crowd.
13) One Word: Metallica
After last year's epic Glastonbury headline set that will go down in history, Metallica returned to the UK this year for Reading & Leeds Festival, and they didn't disappoint.
Like they did at Worth Farm, the band invited a select number of fans to rock out on stage with them as they played rock classics such as 'Enter Sandman' and 'Fade To Black'.
- By Megan Downing