The Reading Festival made it’s annual return to Richfield Avenue last month. Not only were we treated to 3 amazing headline sets from Metallica, The Libertines and Mumford and Sons, we were also introduced to a load of newer bands on the smaller stages. My highlight from the smaller stages was Black Foxxes – they were awesome.
The first act we caught were Florida’s Limp Bizkit. If you’ve never seen Fred Durst and co. live before, you’re missing out. Their set is a 60 minute party – it’s fast paced and incredibly energetic. The band opened with their year 2k hit ‘Rollin’. The reception this song received was brilliant. ‘My Way’ and their cover of George Michael’s ‘Faith’ also went down particularly well. The band also hooked the crowd up with FREE beer – a great way to kick off Reading 2015.
I’ve heard and seen a lot of good things about Marmozets, but never had the chance to catch a full set from them until now. Opening with ‘Move, Shake, Hide’, what is very clear is how much energy and passion they put into their performance. I can’t wait for another headline run. Be sure to check them out, you won’t regret it.
Bring Me The Horizon are one of those bands that have helped shape the metalcore genre over the past few years. Their most recent album “That’s The Spirit” has helped them solidify their main stage status. They were without a doubt, one of the best set’s of the weekend. Opening with ‘Happy Song’ frontman Oli Sykes and Co powered through all the hits. The lighting and stage show that accompanied the performance was flawless.
Metallica closed the Saturday with a spectacular performance of select tracks from their huge forty year back catalogue. The band opened with ‘Fuel’ – Who doesn’t love the “Give me Fuel! Give me Fire! Give me that which I desire!” line? Reading was treated to all the favourites including ‘For Whom the Bell Tolls’, ‘Master of Puppets’ and ‘Nothing Else Matters’. The band gave fans what they wanted to hear. It was epic.