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.
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!