With Just A Hint Of Mayhem

Music trivia, useless info, extra added random stuff and the odd rant from me

Reading Festival 2015 – Day 1- Friday 28th August August 29, 2015


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Hello dear readers. It’s that Reading Festival time of year again. A time when I give you my humble opinion on all the acts that I get to see. I have maintained a very short review style for this year. I would love to hear who you liked best. My good friend Nick, myself and Richard an honorary Zimmer Twin probably all agreed that Limp Bizkit were superb.

Incidentally I took no pictures or video, because as a fan I prefer to watch the action in real-time and not through a tiny phone screen!

Return To Rome – no don’t go to the Italian Capital, stay here please

Drenge – good band and we didn’t get drenged!

Palma Violets – not from Palma and not very violet but these bastard sons of the Libertines and the Clash are pretty good.

Panic At The Disco – no panic, no disco just a stunning set from an awesome band including a brilliant cover of Bohemian Rhapsody!

All Time Low – not low, quite a high for us. A great band

Bastille – storming (geddit?) a good “afternoon on the Main stage” band. Brilliant covers of “No Scrubs” and “Rhythm Of The Night”. (TLC and Corona)

Peace – not too peaceful thankfully, rather good in fact.

Run The Jewels – well they’re not Run DMC are they?

Limp Bizkit – neither limp nor biscuit, but a band who for me have become top class. Hats off to Mr Durst and co.

New Found Glory – no longer new, no longer lost, but still glorious.

Django Django – I’m not sure which one is Django or indeed which one is Django, but either way they are an excellent band.

Another mission was accomplished in that I don’t see Mumford and Sons. Largely because I no longer see the point of Mumford and Sons anymore.

I should add that given some of the people we met there was definitely something strong in the Happy Meals! Kirsty from Cardiff and Anya from Cheltenham via Ireland, I hope your hangovers/ come downs aren’t too bad! Gary from Cheltenham via Scotland, you’re a top bloke! Finally I haven’t seen many people as excited as Mark the postie from Swindon, he is a big Limp Bizkit fan.

Day 1 was a good’un though. Let’s see what day 2 brings.

 

Reading Festival 2010 – Day 3, Sunday 29th August August 30, 2010


Off to the NME/ Radio tent to kick off our third day at the Reading Festival, where we saw the Joy Formidable and they were indeed a formidable joy, if you’ve not heard them you really should check them out. After that it was back to the BBC Introducing Stage to see another band from Wakefield (remember the Penguins from yesterdays post?) These guys were called the Runaround Kids and I felt that they had a bit of the Undertones about them, the vocalist also has a similar style to Luke from Reading band Steal The Smile. Next up it was Local Natives from Los Angeles and this was their first Reading appearance. I am pretty damned sure that it won’t be the last for these purveyors of great summer pop harmonies. We trundled back to the BBC Introducing Stage again after that for another local band; the Peers. Very much a local band done good, they are a really tight band and seemed incredibly well rehearsed.Los Campesinos have as many personnel as Arcade Fire and are not dissimilar in sound, a very good band indeed.

After our earlier experience in the Comedy Tent (aka Alternative Stage) we returned to see two comics in a row. First up was Charlie Baker from Devon and bears a striking resemblance to Jack Black and he uses this as part of his act, genuinely a funny guy. Secondly we saw Robin Ince; a great ‘leftie’ comedian. We actually hit the comedy tent to get out of the rain, but in spite of that Baker and Ince were bloody hilarious.

The Festival Republic Stage was the next to be graced with our presence, we went there because neither Nick or I could be bothered with Limp Bizkit on the Main Stage. At this point let me tell you Nick’s Limp Bizkit joke; “Do you know that you can now put Viagra in your tea to stop your biscuit going limp?” Boom! Boom! Anyway back to the Festival Republic Stage, the band are from Philadelphia and are called Free Energy. Sadly it was a small crowd, but these guys could work a crowd of almost any size I reckon. The lead singer was very Jaggeresque and came across like Bobby Gillespie with more funk than Primal Scream. In a nutshell an archetypal classic rock band, truly fucking amazing.

Back to the Introducing Stage yet again for the Brilliant Things. The singer appeared to have dressed for the prom or was perhaps a fan of Stevie Nicks‘ (off of Fleetwood Mac) sartorial style. Thanks to Mr H for pointing out that latter suggestion. None of that was meant as negative though, the Brilliant Things are clearly a very good band. Kele off of Bloc Party was next in the NME/ Radio 1 Tent. Electro funk and dance styles really suit him, although I’m not sure the pyjamas did though. But nonetheless he played a storming set and worked his audience really well. Exit International were then on the Introducing Stage. They played screaming hard rock with perhaps too much emphasis on the screaming. It makes you wonder though exactly how the fuck three people can make such noise.

Weezer would easily win the best crowd interaction and comedy awards for the festival if such awards exist. The singer wore a cat hat given to him by someone in the crowd for most of their set. His energy was truly phenomenal and he even found time to fall in the mud while dressed as Lady Gaga. That was during their excellent MGMT cover which had a touch of Gaga thrown in. I am looking forward to seeing them again someday too. Paramore were next, they were very good and had a strong fan base in the crowd. Personally I thought they would have fitted better if they had been on before Weezer. Hayley’s voice was a little too low in the mix for the first couple of songs. The crowd really loved them.

Finally it was time for the last headline band of this years festival and most of us in the crowd had been in position since just before Weezer’s set, those at the front had been there even longer. Yes the stage was set for the return of Blink 182. I had never seen them live before, although I had seen Mark Hoppus with +44 (Travis had a broken arm that tour so didn’t appear, I never had the chance to see Tom Delonge’s Angels And Airwaves. But however good these Blink offshoots were they were surely nowhere near as good as the sum of the original parts. Their stage set, including some strange rabbit animations and a brilliant light show was excellent, but it was the power and camaraderie of the band that really shone through. They played a blistering set, just allowing a few moments of quite amusing toilet humour style banter between songs, including a great dig at Jedward. the crowd were really fired up and everyone I spoke to really loved it.

What a great close to a great festival. although when I first saw the line up back in March I thought I’d be disappointed, I even thought this might be my last Reading. Well I wasn’t and it won’t be! Roll on Reading 2011. Who will the headliners be? I don’t know but my guess at the moment is that it could be Linkin Park and maybe Green Day. I’d be happy with either of those. Who would you like to see there next year?

 

 
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