Saturday at Reading Festival

P H O T O G R A P H Y: George Rockett
W O R D S: Zoe London

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Of course this weekend just gone was the Reading and Leeds festivals and boy were they a belter! With arguably the best lineup the festival has seen in recent years, it was highly anticipated and completely sold out – amazing. The Reading festival holds a special place in my heart as i’ve been going since I was a teenager, and last year I went for the first time since those teenage years, accompanying my friend Matt who was DJing The Lock Up stage. We had such a ball, and well I mean, how do you top DJing to a full stage? It’s hard. This year though the lineup alone did that for me and Saturday in particular was a real highlight.
There were a few bands on everyones lips on Saturday, one of which being Marmozets, who played on the main stage pretty early on in the afternoon, but woke everyone right up. We also saw Pierce The Veil, who sounded great, and later on we chatted to the drummer Mike backstage – who i’ve now decided is pretty much the nicest dude ever. 

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dress: hm | waterproof: rains uk* | tassled jacket: vintage | bag: boohoo* | wellies: hunter* | hat: boohoo*
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For me though, Saturday was all about one word: Alexisonfire. Having attended their farewell show back at the very end of 2012, I thought that was it. Gone. I rarely fangirl over bands but Alexis were the ones who started me on my course, my road to a love of music so fervent the spark never went out. A passion for rock and alt bands and the knowledge that the live shows are always my happy place. Alexis started all that, with me attending my first AOF show back in 2003. I saw them play Reading in 2006 actually, and even though I had tonsillitis at the festival (not ideal) as soon as they started with that first track on the main stage, I ran toward the stage with every last breath of my energy that I had left. I was definitely more ill after doing that, but my soul repaid me in eternal happiness for having witnessed that so close to the stage.
This time around, a little older and slightly less (but not much) squealy, I forced George to head as far into the pit as we could go, meaning I could at least see the faces of the band, and boy oh boy was it worth it. The only disappointment being the slightly lacklustre crowd around me, with a set full of gems including Accidents, 44. Caliber Love Letter and We Are The Sound just to name a few, Alexis were/are back, and my did that feel good. 
Of course after Alexis it wasn’t long until Bring Me The Horizon and even though there seems to be more comments about the sometimes miming vocals of Oli Sykes than the show itself, from my point of view, they put on such a display I enjoyed it none the less. Honestly the whole show from the storytelling visuals to the pumping keys (go Jordan!) it was a spectacle, and I do genuinely think they can go on to be our generation’s heritage band. I hope so, we sure as hell need it. 
Speaking of heritage bands, Metallica closed out the day and well I don’t even know how to review that. Metallica is Metallica, they bring the show, they rip it apart and they do it again. As they said themselves opening up their set: “We are Metallica and this is what we do.” Damn straight it is – no one knows quite how to headline like they do. 
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It was only a light drizzle during taking these photos so I popped on my rain jacket underneath my vintage suede fringed jacket just incase I needed the hood, and my many layers of black was actually the perfect festival outfit as I felt comfortable and prepared all day. I didn’t really need the wellies though – the ground stayed solid, so pleased!
More chatter about Sunday to come. Did you go to Reading or Leeds this year? What did you think of this days’ lineup? Diggin’ my black outfit?

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