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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.
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
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.
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.
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
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

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

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.
Worship and Tribute

Patrick Wolf, The Antlers, Interpol, OFWGKTA, Elbow
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