So as most of you know from my over excited Facebook statuses; I went to Reading Festival over the weekend and it was kind of inevitable that I was going to blog about it. (You all want to hear about it really!) I promise not to ramble (too much.)
We arrived on Thursday to set up our tents which actually turned out to be a bit of a disaster to be honest since it took us over an hour to actually find a space! Now I know why you all got early bird tickets! Lugging heavy bags across fields of tents is not fun, especially when it’s boiling hot. Eventually we found somewhere though which was close to the main arena (debatable whether that was a good idea or not.) Then it was the struggle of putting tents up which was resolved by the guys in the tent behind us doing literally all of it so no effort on our part haha.
Food was needed so it was off to Tesco which was an experience and a half! It was absolutely packed and I’m pretty sure most of the festival was in there so queueing was a bit of a nightmare. Amusing though.
Friday was when everything started and we kicked off by seeing Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance who sung a few new songs which were really good. On the main stage we saw Deaf Havana who I really enjoyed and will definitely be listening to more of in the future. Sigma was also good in the dance tent with their hit ‘Nobody To Love’. I found the dance tent was always good for warming up when the weather got colder later on as it was packed haha. Little tip there for any festival goers!
My favourite bands of the day though had to be Vampire Weekend who were vocally brilliant and the incredible Paramore who battled through three sound cut outs and still managed to deliver a fantastic set. Hayley Williams was looking pretty cool with her turquoise hair and belted out all the favourites such as ‘Misery Business’ ‘That’s What You Get’ and ‘Still Into You’. What made it so amazing though was when the sound cut out and they played an acoustic version of ‘The Only Exception’ which had the whole crowd joining in. My favourite act of the whole festival.
View from the main stage (Photo credit: Mehrnaz Karimi)
Then it was back to the tent for another night of camping. Now, I don’t actually mind camping but Reading is a whole other experience. Some people just don’t sleep which is plain irritating, hygiene is like a foreign concept and the unpredictable weather makes for an interesting experience to say the least! You would go to sleep freezing and wake up boiling! There was practically no way to get out of it. I won’t even mention the toilets. Luckily the arena had cubicle toilets but let’s just say if you needed it in the middle of the night, you wouldn’t think twice about doing it outside of the tent to avoid the dreaded campsite ones!!
Back to the festival, on Saturday I saw Imagine Dragons who are one of my favourite bands and they did not disappoint. Their biggest hit ‘Radioactive’ was brilliant and they performed their whole set so well. Again, the headliners Arctic Monkeys were a highlight of the day for me and gave off such an air of coolness that it was hard to resist their northern drawl. ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ and ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor’ were my favourites.
Arctic Monkeys on Main Stage (Photo credit: Mehrnaz Karimi)
Sunday was the last day and we really made the most of it! We watched Clean Bandit perform their whole set including the well-known ‘Rather Be’ which although is overplayed, was actually incredible live as you can probably imagine. The rest of their set was lyrically strong and they did a cover of ‘Show Me Love’ which was nearly as good as the original. We then saw The Kooks who I was a little disappointed by since they were only on for forty minutes! ‘Naïve’ was good and ‘She Moves In Her Own Way’ but overall I wasn’t that impressed.
I surprised myself by really enjoying The 1975 as I find them to be a little pretentious but they were brilliant. ‘Girls’, ‘Heart Out’, ‘The City’ and ‘Chocolate’ were the best in my opinion. However, the best act of the night had to be Disclosure who were absolutely incredible. We also managed to get three rows from the front! ‘Latch’ was the last song of the set and in fact the whole festival. I can’t explain how good it was without blurting out a tonne of adjectives but it was pretty damn good. It was such a great atmosphere and end to the weekend even though I felt like I was being pushed from every angle and overheating in the crowded tent. Totally worth it in my opinion.
Disclosure in the NME tent, (Photo credit: Mehrnaz Karimi)
Overall, it is an experience I will never forget and I’m glad I got the opportunity to go. Although the camping was pretty bad, it didn’t deter from the brilliant music or festival atmosphere I got to enjoy all weekend. Now there’s something I can tick off the bucket list.