Taking place over the UK bank holiday weekend, this year's Reading & Leeds promised one of the most exciting lineups of the festival calendar with headliners from across the music genre selection. Four members of the Festicket team were lucky enough to head along, and here's what they thought...
"Reading & Leeds are perfect if you love your electronic music as much as your rock or metal, or if you're going with a group of mates who have differing tastes. The lineup is so diverse that there's something for everyone. The challenge will be to decide where you'll meet up after! And if you fancy a break from the moshpits, you can chill out with some comedy or a film. The festivals have a really great mix of A-list superstars alongside breaking and unsigned acts so you'll come away with some great stories of seeing the likes of Mumford & Sons, Metallica or The Libertines live, or you can be the first of your mates to have seen the next-big-thing on the BBC Introducing stage."
"My personal highlight was seeing the Libertines back in action and looking like they were loving it. They really came together and put on an incredible show, with Pete and Carl putting all of the nonsense to one side for a minute to give us a spot on performance. Aside from that, a personal favourite was Kit Trigg's performance on the BBC Introducing stage. Definitely worth watching out for on their way up over the coming months."
Being in London can get frustrating and it's nice to get away sometimes. Reading can be the answer. And I don't mean the world of books - I mean the world of ROCK and METAL where you get lost in loud music and moshpits. But Reading Festival is more than just that and provides entertainment for a variety of audiences. From indie to dance music, everyone can find something for themselves.
My most memorable experience was seeing Metallica live for the first time. These guys have been around longer than I've been alive! They didn't really say much in the beginning but as soon as they started playing Fuel I knew it would be a powerful performance. Post festival blues is already in full swing but the memory remains…
Reading has far more than just the hottest new bands for rock and metal fans. Tucked far away from the Main Stage is the Alternative Stage which provides something of a refuge from all the music playing on the other stages. Feeling nostalgic? Chill out in the tent and watch a documentary about Kurt Cobain who played at Reading 23 years ago when Nirvana headlined the Main Stage. In the mood for some comedy? See an English teacher turned rap battler performing stand up. There is far more to Reading than just checking out the latest music!
Getting to see Metallica live! Having been a fan of Metallica for twenty years, seeing them live for the first time was an amazing experience. Tens of thousands of fans moshing and singing along in the middle of a field is something I'll never forget.
No matter if you're into punk, indie, metal, or any other sort of rock music, Reading has something for you. You're pretty much guaranteed to discover a new band you like, maybe even from a different genre than you'd expect. If you need a break, sit down for some stand-up comedy, poetry, or a film; or keep the party going with multiple dance music stages. Everyone's super friendly and chilled out too.
My highlight was seeing New Found Glory close-up from a small stage. While most of the festival was listening to Mumford & Sons, the hardcore pop-punkers started some proper mosh pits (including to a Mumford & Sons cover so we didn't feel left out!). Apart from that, the BBC Introducing stage had all sorts of interesting acts I'll be sure to look up now that I'm back. Once I find the bill and remember their names...