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Reading Festival 2016: Saturday Review

Lukas gives you the highlights of Day 2 of Reading Festival 2016

Reading Festival 2016: Saturday Review

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Reading Festival

Lukas Hamilton

W!ZARD News Author

Saturday at Reading was full of some of the best music from around the world, but the headline scheduling meant that two of the most popular acts were on at the same time, on different sides of the festival, leaving fans of both artists unsure of how to spend their night.

After arriving early to the arena, we wandered down to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, and spent the early morning with the Scottish band Fatherson, whose alternative rock was the very thing that everyone needed after a long and exhausting Friday night.

After we had almost fully woken up, we made our way to see Rejjie Snow at the Radio 1Xtra Stage. Much faster and harder live, Rejjie was just the right mix between calm and hyped, and knew exactly how to play to the audience.

Next, Netsky kicked off the dance music for the day with an old school drum and bass vibe at the NME/Radio 1 Stage, finishing with an extended version of their biggest hit ‘Rio’. Picking up right where Netsky left off, the NME stage next played host to <b.Sigma, who wowed the crowd with a smash-out set, including their chart topping single ‘Nobody To Love’, which had all in attendance shouting along as loud as they could. It was safe to say that, by this time, the Reading Festival vibes had set in with almost everyone.

After some lunch, it was back to the dance tent for a non-stop set from My Nu Leng, who refused to let the crowd stand still for even a second, keeping them focused and happy with precise and smooth transitions, not letting up until they bid us farewell, leaving to deafening applause from the crowd.

Up until this point the day had gone excellently well, but it was now time for tough decisions. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were scheduled so that they overlapped with another of the more popular artists, Stormzy. We were not the only ones who had to make the difficult decision of who to see, but after a shaky start that later improved from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, we decided to go over to see one of Grime’s best MCs, Stormzy.

The 1Xtra stage was packed for Stormzy. There was no room to move, let alone dance, and just when you thought there couldn’t be more people coming in, another wave of fans would push past you to get as close to the front as they could. All of this may sound like a negative, but to those of us who had been looking forward to seeing him since he was announced, this was the only place to be. Along with various hits such as ‘Shut Up’, ‘Not That Deep’ and of course ‘Know Me From’, Stormzy also gave us a sneak peak of a new track, ‘Cold’.

There is only one more day left of one of the best music festivals in the world, and Reading is set to be even better on Sunday than it was today.

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