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Review: Reading Festival 2017

30th August 2017 | Reading Festival 2017

Review: Reading Festival 2017

In many ways, this year’s Reading Festival was like any other. The vast line-up of rock and alternative acts. The inevitable post-GCSE mania. The 90,000 glittery faces.

But this year was different – the festival, showing its ability to change and adapt – had new names and new genres to appeal to an audience who’s playlists are increasingly multi-dimensional.

Alongside the massive line-up headlined by Muse, Eminem and Kasabian, there were a few surprise appearances that turned the festival upside down.


Brian Johnson, the previous AC/DC frontman made a special guest appearance with Muse. Despite the role being taken on by Axl Rose since mid-2016, the audience was ecstatic to see Brian Johnson’s dramatic return.

Then there was the appearance by Drake that sent the festival and social media into mayhem. The Canadian rapper was introduced by Giggs, who praised Reading Festival for their long-term support of his music. The duo performed fan-favourite ‘KMT’ for a verse before the track was reloaded. The reaction of the fans was crazy and social media was quick to express its collective FOMO. Drake has since made an appearance at the BBK Takeover at The O2.


Whilst there is a somewhat darker history with Reading Festival-goers reacting more negatively to non-rock acts, this year’s festival was the most diverse line-up yet… and no one seemed to be complaining! Acts ranged from electronic act Major Lazer to Loyle Carner to Bastille. The sets of each of these acts were phenomenal and were met with an overwhelmingly positive reaction. The ramped-up security and new procedures implemented by Reading Festival seem to be working.

The line-up was made even more diverse by the 1Xtra and Radio 1 Dance Stage.

The 1Xtra stage hosted grime legends and…

Reading Festival 2017: King Nun Interview

27th August 2017 | Reading Festival 2017

Reading Festival 2017: King Nun Interview

When we first heard King Nun’s bolshie debut single ‘Tulip' – we knew that they were undoubtedly one of the most exciting bands in the indie-rock scene.

Signed to Dirty Hit Records, the band’s latest single, ‘Sponge’ shows that they are not slowing down any time soon. In fact, Theo, James, Nathan and Caius have plans for true world domination.


And it all starts by taking over the Festival Republic stage at Reading Festival.

Alex Irons interviewed London-based rockers King Nun after their set at Reading Festival to discuss cocktails and Alex introduces them to a little known TV talk show.

Alex Irons interviews King Nun

Alex Irons interviews King Nun after their set at Reading Festival to discuss cocktails and Alex introduces them to a little known TV talk show. (7 minutes)



Listen to this interview from its original source - Alex Irons’s Irons Brew website – click here

Reading Festival 2017: Fizzy Blood Interview

27th August 2017 | Reading Festival 2017

Reading Festival 2017: Fizzy Blood Interview

Taking to The Pit on Sunday is Leeds based band Fizzy Blood.

When their debut album, ‘Feast’ was released in 2015, everybody knew that something massive was about to happen. Their “balls to the walls” (their words, not ours) sound and insane energy simply cannot be ignored.


They are band that stand with one foot in the desert blues of Queens Of The Stone Age and another firmly planted in the soulful, punk infused rock and roll of Pulled Apart By Horses.

Alex Irons interviewed Tim and Cieran from Fizzy Blood at Reading Festival about their forthcoming EP, as well as what you shouldn’t buy for eight Euros.

Alex Irons interviews Fizzy Blood

Alex Irons interviews Tim and Cieran from Fizzy Blood at Reading Festival about their forthcoming EP, as well as what you shouldn't buy for eight Euros. (9 minutes)



Listen to this interview from its original source - Alex Irons’s Irons Brew website – click here