The festival that marks the end of summer came and went in a flash, as the British bank holiday weekend drew to a close. Five days surrounded by some of the best current musicians was a utopia; not even the dirt and poor excuse for toilets could drag down my mood. I managed to see more than twenty acts during my time at Reading festival, all of which exhumed class performances, but whittled down to my five favourite acts from the weekend.
Being one of my favourite all time bands, I was ecstatic to be seeing the Oxford quintet headline Reading’s Friday night. I can honestly say it was a religious experience. I had never been vibing with so much euphoria, and everyone in the dense crowd seemed to be having the time of their lives. Hearing ‘Two Steps, Twice’ (my favourite Foals song) was breath taking. I remember crowd surfing over the thousands of enthralled fans as Yannis and the band put on one of the best sets I had ever seen. A truly incredible and special band.
Two Door Cinema Club
Many would disapprove, but I missed Saturday’s headline act The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, to catch Northern Island’s electro-pop trio. Their set was breath taking; the whole room erupted into dance and mosh pits from the opening song. The NME stage was brimming at the edges; the boys put on an excellent performance and finally hearing them live was incredible.
What can I say. The Kent duo pulled it out of the bag once again with their smashing main stage set. The mosh pits were insane, with a lot more space than the 100 Club, the crowd went crazy for the garage punk rock riffs. Laurie and Isaac’s charisma exhumed the arena with their iconic ‘Fuck Brexit’ remark. I didn’t think I could adore the band anymore, but my love has surpassed expectations.
King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard
Maybe not one of the most well known acts on this year’s Reading line up, but boy can they put on a show. The psychedelic-rock Australian seven piece whipped the crowd into a frenzy; I have honestly never seen a bigger mosh pit. The intense musical flavours of the band’s sound didn’t go amiss as the Festival Republic stage was engulfed by their enchanting sound. The energy was incredible.
The Magic Gang
I may be bias because of my soft spot for the Brighton quartet, but it is undeniable that The Magic Gang put on an excellent performance at Reading. Their feel-good vibes were exhumed as I was surrounded by elation, moshing, dancing and singing. Being the fifth time I had seen the band live, I could tell they have progressed so much but also possess the time purity that was apparent back in early 2016.
As sad as I was to leave Reading festival after my incredible weekend, I am excited to see how all of the bands progress from this moment, especially those who performed on the smaller stages.