PHOTOS: DEREK BREMNER
EDIT & WORDS: ZOE LONDON
TOP: MOTEL ROCKS*
JEANS: RIVER ISLAND*
SHOES: NEW LOOK
Ahhh the last of my Reading coverage finally coming to a close, sob sob. Sunday was a sleepy start as we were so exhausted from the days prior that I headed in to meet Matt just in time for Baby Godzilla at about 1pm on the Lock Up. Of course they absolutely destroyed the stage, with the guitarist getting up to his usual antics of jumping off the stage and running out of the tent to surprise passers by! Brilliant. I honestly think they schooled so many of the other live bands on that stage later that day and are a real great band to watch. After Baby Godzilla there were quite a few more acts but the highlight for me was the run of A Wilhelm Scream into The Wonder Years into Every Time I Die into Letlive. Erm, mental? Can you see why I didn’t leave the Lock Up all day!
Every Time I Die was a real highlight, if you read my blog for a while you’ll know we went to see them earlier this year, and they’re a huge favourite band of mine and Georges. Particularly George. I have to admit I felt so terrible standing side stage for George’s favourite band while he was at work – that was hard. Luckily for me George replied to all my many videos and photos with extreme joy and pride that his girlfriend was stood there rather than being annoyed it wasn’t him. (As if I needed any more reason to love the dude?) Of course Letlive ruled, Jason is an absolute artist in his live performance. They are one not to be missed, and I got to meet him after in the dressing room area, and he chatted to me and gave me the time of day – he seemed genuinely so grateful I liked the band.
After watching Gogol Bordello instead of Blink – i’d seen Blink a few weeks ago at Brixton and didn’t want to watch it again – we headed into the guest bar for the last time for a good Reading send off! I met up with Jono again (we got hardly any pics of our antics cos it was far too late/dark/drunk for that) and we huddled together outside to keep warm! Out of nowhere I saw a little skinny figure wandering about on his own before realising it was Matty Healy from the 1975, so I grabbed him and was like hey man are you okay? Want a beer? We got chatting and it turned out him and Jono grew up in the same area and knew each other’s bands – “oh shit Blitz Kids? I love you guys!” “no way so wait.. you’re from the 1975? that stuff rules!” and so we decided to go back to our hotel with a couple of the dudes from Young Guns – and some girls Matty had managed to pick up on the way, natch – to shoot the shit and drink more beer until the early hours.
All in all Reading was amazing this year and I felt I got to experience enough of it out front of house as well as behind the scenes to make it super enjoyable, and I can only hope that the opportunity will arise to do this similar thing again, as I had the absolute best time. It was definitely one of my festival highlights of the year and I would honestly recommend heading to Reading and Leeds for a perfect Summer send off! Did you go to the festivals this year? I’m genuinely so so sad it’s all over! 🙁