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Bullet For My Valentine lay waste to The Pit

Bullet For My Valentine lay waste to The Pit

Posted:Sunday | 5:45 PM

Fans at Reading Festival this year have already been treated to secret sets from the likes of The Sherlocks and Enter Shikari, but today’s surprise show over on The Pit stage was the biggest of them all.

Welsh heavy metal heroes Bullet For My Valentine surprised the moshers over at The Pit, playing a setlist of songs from across their discography. Frontman and guitarist Matt Tuck sported a beard almost as mighty as the riffs the band unleashed left and right over the course of 45 minutes.

With so many classic songs in their arsenal, the band absolutely provided something for everybody in the huge audience – which was far too large for the small tent. Bullet first played Reading and Leeds festival all the way back in 2005, so it’s a testament to their lasting popularity that they can still pull such a huge crowd.

As the final notes rang out on the epic ‘Tears Don’t Fall’, fans thought they’d seen the last of Bullet for the day. They were wrong. The band then ripped into a cover of ‘All My Life’ by tonight’s headliners Foo Fighters. While nothing can top the real thing, Bullet for My Valentine certainly got Foos fans pumped up for tonight’s performance.

Ethan Megenis-Clarke

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

Surprise Set: Love Fame Tragedy

Surprise Set: Love Fame Tragedy

Posted:Sunday | 5:40 PM

Wombat’s lead singer Murph surprised fans today with his second appearance here at Reading Festival, this time with his new semi-super group: Love Fame Tragedy.

Previously playing on the Main Stage on Friday with The Wombats, Murph surprised fans with a secret set here on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The surprise was magnified today as frontman Murph revealed to fans that it was Love Fame Tragedy’s first-ever live performance, and I’m sure we can all agree they aced it.

Love Fame Tragedy at Reading Festival

Despite some slight technical difficulties, which Murph coined the: ‘Curse of The Wombats’, didn’t stop fans from soaking up the atmosphere as the sun continued to shine.

Taking a step back from the indie rock of The Wombats, Love Fame Tragedy provided the perfect soundtrack to summer with their alternative/ indie tracks, consisting of fan favourites: ‘I don’t want to play the victim but I’m really good at it’ and ‘my cheating heart’.

Despite being relatively brand new, Love Fame Tragedy have big things on the horizon.

Author:
Katie Lawman

Kim Petras treats the dance stage to some European disco pop

Kim Petras treats the dance stage to some European disco pop

Posted:Sunday | 5:34 PM

This afternoon, Kim Petras treated the BBC Radio 1 Dance Stage to some EDM-infused pop tunes, including cuts from her debut album ‘Clarity’ released earlier this year.

The German pop star has been marked as one to watch by the likes of the NY Times and Billboard after achieving over 100 million streams following the release of single ‘Heart to Break’. Petras brought the European disco vibes as she danced across the stage, offering a refreshing break from the heavier drum n’ bass and house acts playing the stage throughout the day.

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

SWMRS have got it going on for Dave Grohl…

Posted:Sunday | 5:33 PM
Verity Harris

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Verity Harris

The Story So Far give Reading Festival a Proper Dose of pop-punk

The Story So Far give Reading Festival a Proper Dose of pop-punk

Posted:Sunday | 5:25 PM

Bay Area pop-punk heroes The Story So Far returned to Reading festival, playing songs off the brilliant ‘Proper Dose’, released last year.

Parker Cannon and co. seemed right at home on the massive Radio 1 Stage following a pretty extensive European festival run, with Reading the final stop before the band head home.

The Story So Far breezed through the title track from their newest album as well as the anthemic ‘Keep This Up’ before whipping out the modern pop-punk classic ‘Quicksand’ less than halfway through the set. A ballsy move, but one that pays off as crowd surfers aplenty are launched over the barrier.

The band also surprised fans with a rare performance of ‘Placeholder’ from their debut album ‘Under Soil and Dirt’. The slow-paced song is often left out of the band’s set in favour of more upbeat material, but with the crowd already sweating from the heat, the tune went down a storm.

Cannon channels his hero Liam Gallagher as he swaggers onto the stage, hands behind his back. The action-packed set finishes with ‘Roam’, another song from their debut, drawing the biggest singalong of a set packed full of them.

Ethan Megenis-Clarke

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

Can you get 10/10 in this Foo Fighters quiz?

Can you get 10/10 in this Foo Fighters quiz?

Posted:Sunday | 4:34 PM

You can’t fake your way through this quiz.

If you can get 10/10 on this quiz, we’ll dip our bucket hat to you. Let us know how you get on @OfficialRandL

Verity Harris

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Verity Harris

AE Mak takes the Festival Republic stage to space

AE Mak takes the Festival Republic stage to space

Posted:Sunday | 4:33 PM

We’re not saying AE Mak is an alien, that would be absurd, but there’s no way someone from planet earth could make music as otherworldly as this.

The Irish avant-pop artist bought spacey beats and ethereal vocals to the Festival Republic stage this afternoon. AE Mak’s wonderfully weird music and, err, interesting dance moves got the early crowd nicely warmed up for the rest of the day.

Ethan Megenis-Clarke

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Ethan Megenis-Clarke

We ‘Lose Lose Lose’ our minds to SWMRS on the Main Stage

Posted:Sunday | 4:32 PM

After completing raved about performances on the Festival Republic and BBC R1 Stages in years gone by, Oakland locals SWMRS are back and they finally graced us with their presence the Main Stage this afternoon.

With a riotous set filled with head-banger classics, the American punk-rock band got us jumping to every single one of their foot-stomper hits. They cite both The Beach Boys and The Ramones as some of their influences, and they even have a song named after Miley Cyrus – who they declare as one of their biggest inspirations.

With an electronic, thumping beat and thrashy guitars, bops like ‘Trashbag Baby’ and ‘Berkeley’s On Fire’ go down a treat as co-frontman and songwriter Cole Becker gets us pumped up for the last day of the festival. Their finale consisted of recently released hit single ‘Lose Lose Lose’ which perfectly rounded off a mosh-pit, headbanging filled set. Most importantly, we witnessed a group of lads who looked like they were having the time of their lives – and that’s what Reading’s all about.

Lauren Briner

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Lauren Briner