For me Reading Festival signals the end of festival season. It is the last festival of the summer that I usually attend, and it means that autumn is coming. I have been to Reading Festival numerous times, and each time I come back, feeling like I cannot wait until the festival next year.
|On the way to Reading Festival... the cleanest we would be all week!|
|Our home for nearly a week.|
It should only take less than two hours to get to Reading from my home, so at 2.30PM we set off... and didn't arrive in the camp site with all out luggage until 9PM! Yes, that's right. It took us 6 hours in the car due to traffic. We couldn't believe it!! We were so frustrated by the time we got there we just wanted to crack open a can and chill out. However we had to choose a camping area to set up the tent, we already had a camping area in mind so we headed to green camping area. We then had the challenge of choosing a good spot and setting up the tent, however it was dark, so this involved stamping around the soggy ground to see which was the least soggy and then making good use of the head torch to set up the tent.
After this mishap, everything was fine. We woke up the next day to sun. Then rain. Then sun. We were incredibly lucky with the weather for the whole weekend. It did rain, and the place pretty much turned into a mud bath at some points, but there was a good bit of sunshine and dry weather too. I have previously been to festivals where it has rained non stop. During this festival I tanned... a lot!!
|Gin and beans for breakfast!|
I saw too many bands to name. My highlights were Royal Blood and Modestep. Both were incredible. I love Royal Blood's music, Modestep are also awesome live and the crowd atmosphere is brilliant. Mumford and Sons were good, and Metallica were much better live than I remember from when I saw them before, also the fireworks during their set were epic. Other bands which I loved seeing live include Panic At The Disco, All Time Low, Limp Bizkit, Knife Party, The Maccabees, Camo and Krooked, DJ Fresh, Catfish and the Bottlemen and Years and Years. I was super excited about seeing Jamie T who did not disappoint and Deadmouse was brilliant, despite the crowd being so big I couldn't get into the tent. The crowd for The Wombats was mental, I had seen nothing like it before and we couldn't even get near the tent so we saw half a song. I was not bothered about seeing Bastille but my friend wanted to so I thought I would check them out and I was pleasantly surprised, I would definitely see them again. Another band that surprised me was The Libertines. I wasn't expecting much, I didn't think they would be very good, but I was impressed, they were good! All in all, I had a brilliant time, saw some brilliant bands and I can't wait until next year!!
I will let the pictures tell the rest of the story:
|All Time Low|
|Get on the beers!!... Or in our case ciders|
|I'm pretty sure this is Mumford and Sons, just because I recognise the light saber.|
|We found a cocktail tent!|
|But the cocktails were quite disappointing.|