Reading Festival Signifies The End Of Summer

Reading Festival Signifies The End Of Summer

Ever since 2008 I have been to Reading Festival (or once to Leeds) for the whole weekend and soaked up three days of amazing music but in 2016 I decided to buck the trend and just head to Richfield Avenue for just a single day. I’ve never actually done a day at a camping festival before so I wasn’t quite sure what to expect but heading in was pretty smooth.

After parking up and meeting my friend we managed to find the entrance, get our wristbands and get into the arena within about 20 minutes which was insanely quick for Reading Festival. Sadly the day had on-and-off rain for the first few hours but it didn’t dampen our spirits as we knew we would be heading home to a warm bed that evening.

The main reason we were going was for the co-headline slot by Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro but the rest of the day was just as great. We started off seeing a band we’d never seen before called Black Foxes (who have an insane album which has just come out) then it was time to see Coheed and Cambria for the second time that week before seeing both Deaf Havana and Tonight Alive at the NME Stage. 

Fall out boy

The next few hours was spent chilling out in The Lock Up stage catching some bands I hadn’t seen before. Beach Slang headed out first with their unusual attire and chilled out music, then pop-punkers Roam came out who I am not a big fan of but endured before another new band Modern Baseball. Now the tent got really really full for these and while they were good I think I might be missing something about the band. Finally, we caught Arcane Roots who I knew would be amazing and they didn’t disappoint.

The rest of the evening at Reading Festival was dedicated to the headliners. Fall Out Boy were on first and in all honesty, I was severely disappointed with their set. Visually it was great with masses of fireworks, pyro, dancing girls and trapeze acts but this was just a mask for how boring the band themselves were, complete with miserable looking faces (come on you’re headlining Reading, at least smile!) I wasn’t a massive fan of the setlist but despite this the tracks just didn’t sound big and you didn’t get the awesome big moments for the chorus’, it was just very meh. Fortunately, we then caught the last few songs of The Wombats playing the NME Stage who were amazing.

Then it was finally time to see the one and only Biffy Clyro who really showed what it takes to be a headline band. The set list was a great mixture of tracks and everything seemed powerful and just perfect. I genuinely think Simon Neil is one of the best frontmen out there and the set was full of so many amazing moments from the rumbling of ‘That Golden Rule’, the mass sing-a-long to ‘Many Of Horror’ and the massive sound of new opening track ‘Wolves of Winter’. Thanks Biffy for making my Reading Festival!

*All images taken by the amazing Graham Berry


  1. LaaLaa
    August 31, 2016 / 2:08 pm

    I’m so glad in the end someone made your night, I haven’t been to many festivals but I’d love to do the camping experience at one x

  2. August 31, 2016 / 5:44 pm

    You’ve been to so many festivals this summer – I am jealous! I would love to see Biffy Clyro live, bet it was amazing x

  3. August 31, 2016 / 11:32 pm

    I’m glad you were able to see some good performances. It’s too bad the Fall Out Boy weren’t feeling the energy that night.

  4. September 1, 2016 / 9:26 am

    You couldn’t pay me enough to go to Reading Fest again, I hated it! So annoying because some great bands play there!

  5. Joanna
    September 1, 2016 / 10:56 am

    I must admit I’ve not been to a festival in ages. Good to hear u saw some good performances shame about fall out boy though.

  6. September 1, 2016 / 11:02 am

    I saw Biffy Clyro play here in Shetland many a moon ago. In fact, I was one of the stewards at their gig – great fun! Ah, those were the days.

  7. Beautyqueenuk
    September 1, 2016 / 12:04 pm

    I have never been to Reading but a friend of mine manages to go every year and just loves it x

  8. September 1, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    I need to attend a festival next summer. Not been in ages.

  9. Jessica
    September 1, 2016 / 12:51 pm

    I am getting fascinated and pressured with all the festivals you have been to. haha. Reading festival is a must! 🙂

  10. September 1, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    ive never been to any of the reading/leeds festivals. I’m always on holiday lol i need to go to one at some point

  11. Kacie
    September 1, 2016 / 7:23 pm

    I always used to want to go to Reading Festival when I was younger but never got round to it – maybe one day!

    • September 2, 2016 / 8:28 am

      Every year I say it’s going to be my last then I get drawn in again haha x

  12. Hannah Heartss ❄️⛄️
    September 2, 2016 / 10:15 am

    I’ve always wanted to go to Reading but never been!

  13. Hungry_Healthy_Happy
    September 2, 2016 / 10:22 am

    I would love to go to Reading Festival one day. It’s a shame that FOB were a disappointment though.

  14. Harriet @ Toby&Roo
    September 2, 2016 / 3:43 pm

    Ahh I think we all have something that signals the end of summer! My husband has been to Reading Festival and loved it!

  15. Laura
    September 2, 2016 / 10:22 pm

    I dont think I’ve ever actually been to a festival. I love live music but I think I’d be too anxious in a crowd of people that size so its great to be able to read about what its like through your blog 😀 xxx

  16. September 3, 2016 / 6:26 am

    The Reading Festival looks amazing! My friends have been and always say how fab it is.

  17. September 3, 2016 / 5:17 pm

    It sounds like you mostly had a great time. I would love to go.

  18. Melanie Edjourian
    September 3, 2016 / 5:43 pm

    It sounds like a great event. It sure is the end of summer it’s been raining for hours here.

  19. Little Steps
    September 6, 2016 / 10:48 am

    Would love to go to the Reading festival. Sounds so much fun!

  20. Gym Bunny Mummy
    September 6, 2016 / 11:02 am

    We’ve been to a few festivals over the years but never Reading. We love Kendal Calling

  21. Lyndsey O'Halloran
    September 6, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    I’ve never been to a festival but they look like so much fun. I love autumn so I’m kind of glad summer is over

  22. September 6, 2016 / 10:09 pm

    I would love to go to reading festival, looks Absolutly brilliant and FOR are one of my favourite childhood bands. The wombats would have been great to see live. Great you had a good time.

    Jordanne ||

  23. September 7, 2016 / 8:54 am

    I’ve never been to a festival, would you believe, ever! I’d love to see this one some day.

  24. Laura @dearbearandbeany
    September 7, 2016 / 12:47 pm

    I have only been to Reading festival once and that was about 14 years! I went to see The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, it was my first festival and I loved it. Its not that far from me and I really should make the effort to go again x

  25. September 17, 2016 / 8:05 am

    i love reading festival and i love biffy clyro. I don’t get to go to a lot of gigs now days however when i do i love it. I’ve recently brought tickets for the korn+limp bizkit tour and can’t wait. x

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