Last weekend was an annual pilgrimage to Reading Festival which marked my eighth year anniversary from my first year. Every single year I look at the teenagers having picked up GCSE and A Level results partying away in their drunken hazes in the fields and think this is it, this is my final year, but it hasn’t worked yet.
While this year may have been a tamer year for me in regards to drinking (I wanted to remember the music) and not camping (hooray!) it was a fantastic year for music.
Accompanied by my non metal loving friend I experienced a wide plethera of music from Kendrick Lemar on Sunday evening (who was excellent), to indie-pop in the form of Prides and Years and Years right through to some of my ultimate favourites in Bring Me The Horizon and Bury Tomorrow.
The weekend went in a complete blur and i’m super sad to see it pass by because this essentially means the end of the proper festival season, by ‘proper’ I mean multiple day festivals. Friday night saw me experience a fantastic set by Bastille (seriously watch it on Iplayer), experience my favourite new band Prides, see Mumford and Sons after a rubbish attempt back in 2010 at Glastonbury and finally see Simple Plan after years and years and trying.
Saturday saw Alexisonfire come back for a few choice shows and play the main stage, it saw my all time favourite band (which people no longer snigger at) sub for Metallica aka. Bring Me The Horizon and their set was incredible, like seriously incredible, and the day ended with a spot on set from Twin Atlantic.
Sunday was by far a ‘heavier’ day where I got to see Frank Carter’s new band who encompassed everything I love about Frank, favourites Beartooth and Bury Tomorrow and a fun set from Years & Years who are now crazy crazy big.
Now we’ve hit September it’s the swift change from festivals each month to gigs each week and i’m excited about what the rest of the year holds for my ears. Reading i’ll probably see you again next year!