Reading and Leeds 2015


The UK’s biggest twin festivals, held at Little John’s Farm and Bramham Park respectively. have come to a close for another year. The world’s oldest surviving music festival has added another stellar year to it’s long and illustrious history. The weather may have been rubbish but the music certainly wasn’t! Thanks to the magic that is BBC iplayer you can enjoy the highlights from warmth and comfort.

Mumford & Sons played a polarising headline set as the band going electric has received a mixed reception. Thankfully they played the perfect mix of electrifying indie and foot stomping folk to make everyone happy. Veteran headliners Metallica naturally know how to put on a show and provided a whistle stop tour of their greatest hits including ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’, ‘Master of Puppets’ and their famous cover of Thin Lizzy’s ‘Whisky in the Jar’. The Libertines played a set that blew their 2010 performance at the festival out of the water. It featured their biggest hits alongside new songs from their upcoming album ‘Anthems For Doomed Youth’.

As good as the headliners were, it was the bands further down the line up that stole the show. Foals and Wolf Alice played some truly astounding secret sets, The Cribs were full of vigour and concluded with some good old fashioned guitar smashing and The Gaslight Anthem went out with a bang with their final performance before and indefinite hiatus. The highlight of the festivals though was Royal Blood. Kicking things off with an air raid siren and delivering some monstrous riffs, they were made for Reading and Leeds. Assuming they don’t succumb to the curse of the second album, I definitely see them as future headliners.