Friday at Reading Festival

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So this weekend was spent over in Reading for the kick-ass line up that was the Reading & Leeds Festivals this year. I was kindly invited along by my bud Matt Stocks who was booked to compere and DJ the lock up stage, and needed a wingman/woman to help him along the way. Fortunately he knew just the girl for the job and I got on the 9am train to Reading Friday morning!

So we spent most of the day over at the Lock Up as we were playing the tunes inbetween and Matt was introducing each band before they came on, but we did an interview with Dave Hause and Brody Dalle – the latter of which actually turned into a fun cocktail drinking party in her dressing room haha, hence the selfie. Jimmy Eat World headlined our stage and played Futures in full, which was great, and I also really enjoyed sets from Slaves, The Front Bottoms and Touche Amore as well as Dave Hause too.

A band called Eagulls came to play our stage and halfway through a smallish dude with a hat, big coat and sunglasses on snuck round the side and sat crossed legged on the floor next to me and Matt, and while I didn’t blink an eyelid and just smiled at the dude, Matt clocked immediately that it was infact Gerard Way. Amazing? We waited for him to get safely round the back of the tent before asking for a pic and he didn’t mind at all. He let me fix his hat hair up for the snap and we both remarked how great each other’s hair was. A genuine, sweet dude. Bear in mind that My Chemical Romance were one of my all time first loves, I just completely forgot about all that and chatted away to him like normal. I really don’t get fazed at all about celebrities and musicians and stuff, I think it’s the only way you could do a job like this. Of course I get stoked to meet them IRL, especially when they’re lovely, but it wasn’t until way later in the day when my twitter exploded with joy that I realised the enormity of the dude i’d just met, but well, to me he was just a sweet, kinda shy little guy. A lot of time for Gerard.

Anyway we watched Queens of The Stone Age absolutely slay the main stage – I didn’t watch Paramore as i’m not really a fan of Paramore (I like Hayley though, just not really the tunes) – and I genuinely couldn’t think of a more worthy headliner. They are pitch and note perfect, rock n roll and all round one of the greatest rock bands on the planet. I think they firmly deserve their spot headlining, I think they are an incredible band and I know i’m really in the minority as everyone else later that night went mad at me for thinking QOTSA were better than Paramore, but in my opinion they massively are! I could have happily watched two or more hours of them like George and I did in November at Wembley last year, and the set was flawless apart from a little slow ditty breakdown in the middle that probably was one slow song too many. They smashed out Sick Sick Sick, Feel Good Hit Of The Summer, Little Sister, No One Knows… oh god. Amazing.

Later on I got to party with my favourite party boy Jono and we closed Friday absolutely in style. Stay tuned for my Saturday and Sunday reports… Reading has been absolutely incredible this year and I would definitely go again. My opinion since going as an 18 year old has definitely changed. Did you go to Reading this year?


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