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Reading Festival 2016: Joseph Perry's Reading Round-Up

Joseph Perry gives his perspective on Reading Festival 2016

Reading Festival 2016: Joseph Perry's Reading Round-Up

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Joseph Perry

W!ZARD News Author

90,000 people spent their bank-holiday weekend in an unusually sun-drenched Reading, with thousands more taking the trip to its sister festival, Leeds.

With almost 10 major stages to visit, and dozens of headliners across the 3 days, it's easy to see why the festival sells out every year.

For 2016, Reading ventured into new territory by having not three, not four, but five headliners on its main stage. Friday saw Disclosure and Foals play to a packed out arena, on Sunday Fall Out Boy and Biffy Clyro took to the stage, while Saturday saw the festival's biggest draw, legendary rockers Red Hot Chilli Peppers.


Now is probably a good time to confess that I didn't actually see any of Reading's five headliners.

With the likes ofMaximo Park, The Temper Trap, The Wombats, The 1975, The King Blues, twenty one pilots and Two Door Cinema Club all clashing with the Main Stage headliners, I never found the time.

From what I saw, The King Blues were among the very best acts of the weekend. Having split up four years ago, this was their first major gig since reforming. Playing on the Lock Up Stage, you'd be forgiven for not recognising the band, with front-man 'Itch' the only survivor from The King Blues' previous incarnation.


Their 45 minute set was a perfect way to bow out on the Sunday night, with classic songs like 'Save The World Get the Girl', 'Set the World On Fire' and 'My Boulder' - as well as a special display of unity between fans, security and the band during 'I Got Love'.

Just next to the Lock Up Stage is the Alternative stage, which hosted variety and comedy throughout the weekend. Marcus Brigstoke was particularly well received, as was a crowd-surfing Lee Nelson. But my favourite Reading comedian, for a second year in a row, was Russell Kane. Fast paced observational comedy at its best.

Returning to music, and the Festival Republic stage, which saw up-and-coming bands including DMA's, The Sherlocks and Beach Baby show us all why the critics are raving about them.


It was perhaps on the Radio 1/NME Stage where the best new music was heard. With dust whirling around the tent, Blossoms put on a storming set - ensuring that those who weren't aware of the band definitely are now.

Finally, back to the main stage - where sets across the weekend from The Vaccines, CHVRCHES, Imagine Dragons and Slaves put the crowd in high spirits every afternoon.


On paper, this may not have been Reading's strongest line-up, but in reality, it was a great weekend. Glorious weather, cheerful crowds and awesome silent discos, added to a varied line-up, proved to be the perfect mix.

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