Reading 2009

Tweets from the festival: @MisspeakMusic

Time for another festival, then. This time it’s Reading, a much shorter hop from my East London bunker and a slightly less prestigious festival than Glastonbury. Reading is geared towards the younger end of the festival spectrum with a focus on Kerrang buzz bands, rather than NME or Q ones; rather than the Guardian brigade that overwhelms Glastonbury, you can expect a fair amount of teeny boppers celebrating GCSE and A level results, excited at the prospect of seeing ‘essential’ bands like Lost Prophets and Enter Shikari and getting absolutely ‘smashed’.

Despite that, they do have Radiohead headlining on the Sunday, which should be genuinely essential. Hopefully they’ll be a strong contingent of enthusiastic fans rather than the painfully laid back ‘Greatest Hits’ bunch that slightly marred their appearance at Victoria Park last year. I’ll make sure I’m at the front with the kind of Radiohead fans who can mosh to Just and appreciate the off-kilter Techno of Idioteque equally, and won’t constantly be watching their watches waiting for Creep.

Of course, even I wouldn’t suggest it’s all about Radiohead. There are a fair few gems I missed at Glastonbury who I’ll be able to catch this time around.

The Homme, Grohl, Jones supergroup, Them Crooked Vultures, are a strong shout to make an appearance in the mysterious gap between Patrick Wolf and You Me At Six on the NME/Radio 1 stage on Saturday – at least it’s a stronger rumour than my slightly wishful Muse on the Park Stage suggestion before Glastonbury. They played Lowlands last week, a festival that has a near identical line-up to Reading, and have just come off stage at the Brixton Academy in support of The Arctic Monkeys who will be headlining on the Saturday.

Baring the inevitable clashes, I’ll be trying my best to check out…

Arctic Monkeys
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Vampire Weekend
Bloc Party
Friendly Fires
The Horrors
Little Boots

The full lineup can be viewed here

The main stage streak of Vampire Weekend, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party and Radiohead should be pretty epic by most standards.

Obviously there won’t be any blog updates for the next days, though I do promise to get started up more quickly after the festival, there won’t be any two week hibernations this time. I am prepared. But perhaps more importantly, I will be tweeting live from the site – Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity willing – so add me on Twitter to hear the latest events from the Reading site:

Gasp! As I lose my belongings!

Laugh! At my entertaining tent related anecdotes!

And Shudder! At my pictures of the toilets on the last day!

It will almost like being there yourself!

Add me: @MisspeakMusic

MP3: Radiohead – Like Spinning Plates
MP3: Arctic Monkeys – Dangerous Animals
MP3: Friendly Fires – Jump In The Pool


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