This past weekend the Reading Festival was held in the UK. This year’s festival featured an epic line-up which included Green Day, System of a Down, Deftones, Bring Me The Horizon, New Found Glory, Eminem, Foals, Biffy Clyro, Nine Inch Nails, Fall Out Boy, The Lumineers, Skrilex, Alt-J, Jake Bugg, Bastille, Alkaline Trio, Enter Shikari, Funeral for a Friend, Filter and a very long list of other artists.
Reading Festival is held at Little John’s Farm on Richfield Avenue in central Reading (near the Caversham Bridge). The festival features 8 stages and is run on the same weekend as the Leeds festival. The Festival’s capacity is said to be 87,000. The Reading Festival originates from the National Jazz Festival (which started in 1961). It moved around for the next 10 years before finding a permanent home. In 1984 and 1985 there was no Reading festival (due to a Conservative Party council ban)
In 1992 Nirvana headlined this festival. It was one of the last shows that the band played before Kurt Cobain’s Death. Their whole set was released on DVD in 2009. Bottling acts offstage (being forced off stage by a barrage of audience-thrown bottles and cans) is a long-standing tradition at the festival. The mass-participation can and bottle fights of the 1970s and 1980s have long since ended, but unpopular bands have been bottled offstage throughout the festival’s history. Some of the acts that have been given this treatment include Bonnie Tyler, Meat Loaf, Good Charlotte, 50 Cent and Panic! At The Disco.
Biffy Clyro headline the main stage at the festival on Sunday night and it’s said that their set was absolutely amazing. The folks at the BBC were kind enough to post one song from their set on YouTube, check it out below:
This is bloody amazing. I’m really hoping that Biffy Clyro will play a show in South Africa before the end of 2014. There is a major RAMFest 2014 announcement coming on Sunday (the 1st of September 2013) and rumors have been flying around that it might be them. Let’s hope that they’re true.
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