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Reading Festival 2011

Bands i saw at Reading this year, the second largest music fest in rEngland. Pretty standard year roverall, slightly below average line up rbut compensated with better camp site banter and the rquality of top r3 bands on here.
1Muse
Origin of Symmetry


Believe the hype, Muse put on one hell of a fucking awesome show. Flamethrowers, lasers and a crazy graphic show complemented Matt's showmanship and Muse's catchy yet often intense songs. Absolutely loved the little riff interludes between songs and the giant forks propped up on stage. Made the weekend by playing Origin of Symmetry in it's entirety and only 3 Resistance tracks. Classics such as Plug in Baby, Citizen Erased, Stockholm Syndrome and Time is Running out were all incredible. Unbelievable set.
2The National
High Violet


Suffered from a slight mix issue which meant the bass drum almost drowned Matt?s vocals and the guitars out completely at times but were otherwise predictably superb. Had a decent balance of Alligator, Boxer and High Violet tracks which kept everybody happy, with the performance peaking in the final two songs Mr November and Terrible Love. Pretty mesmerizing,.
3Frank Turner
England Keep My Bones


Perhaps my biggest regret of the festival, apart from that litre of vodka that one night, was not listening to Frank Turner?s new album beforehand. Managed the promotion to main stage brilliantly and it didn?t affect his performance one bit with Frank still at his infectious best.
4And So I Watch You From Afar
And So I Watch You From Afar


Listening to this album I have always known it would absolutely shred live and my God, did ASIWYFA live up to my expectations. Combining crushing intensity with intricate post-rock parts the crowd inside the smallest tent at the Festival were left floored.
5Madness
Complete Madness


Madness are one of those bands that everybody knows and everyone can have a dance and a sing a long to - and dance and sing I did. Suggs was his stumbling and charismatic self and one couldn?t help but get caught up in the fun.
6Deftones
Diamond Eyes


Only a pretty small crowd turned out for Deftones on the main stage, and I couldn?t help thinking the entire experience would have benefited from a tent atmosphere, but you wouldn?t have known it from the band?s, and especially Chino?s, performance; he completely owned the stage. Those riffs man, those riffs.
7Noah and the Whale
Last Night On Earth


Not exactly a Sputnik Favourite but Noah and the Whale put on an enjoyable show for the packed NME crowd.
8Rise Against
The Sufferer and the Witness


Disappointing performance overall. The mix was too quiet and the front man lacked energy.
9The Streets
Original Pirate Material


Only caught about half the set because they clashed with Muse and I was pretty pissed but I remember enjoying myself for tracks I both recognised, such as Has It Come to this?, Turn the Page and Dry Your Eyes Mate, as well as those I didn?t. Pretty gutted it proved to be his last ever performance - I would have loved to see them when I knew more of their stuff.
10The King Blues
Save the World, Get the Girl


Again only caught part of their set and didn?t recognise any of it, but the band had great energy and passion.
11Two Door Cinema Club
Tourist History


Surprisingly, I enjoyed these guys immensely; the delicate indie pop was a joy to listen to in the sunshine.
12 CockNBullKid
Adulthood


My obligatory random festival find turned out to be one of the best acts I saw over the weekend. Comparisons to M.I.A in the guide were not really that accurate, but the gal produced some real feel good soul-pop than definitely lifted the spirits. Supported Janelle Monae on a recent London gig.
13The Offspring
Americana


Not one of my favourite bands but provided light hearted mosh fodder.
14 Bands I wish I saw, but didn't
for whatever reason


Mostly clashes, forgot to listen to their albums or alcohol.
15Glassjaw
Worship and Tribute


Patrick Wolf, The Antlers, Interpol, OFWGKTA, Elbow
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