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Wolf Alice stormed their headline BBC Radio 1 Stage slot

Wolf Alice stormed their headline BBC Radio 1 Stage slot

Posted:Friday | 1:00 AM

Everybody’s favourite four-piece, British alternative band Wolf Alice concluded today’s line up on the BBC Radio 1 Stage with a setlist overflowing with a mixture of grunge and rocky-pop festival anthems.

Straight off the blocks with the thumping beats of ‘Your Love’s Whore’ and then into rage-fuelled ‘Yuk Foo’, Wolf Alice’s energy and on-stage presence proved they get better and better with every gig they do.

Fiery front-woman Ellie Rowsell is no nonsense and she effortlessly switched between down-tempo romantic tracks such as ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ to more intense, up-beat gritty tunes like ‘You’re a Germ.’ A crowd highlight was when Ellie invited a couple up on stage which gave them the perfect setting for a marriage proposal. Claps of admiration and a dedication of ‘Don’t Delete the Kisses’ to the happy couple made for a memorable night for all.

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The finale track ‘Giant Peach’ ended in a burst of confetti and Ellie running down to the front row to hug fans. The band can do it all – from supporting the likes of Liam Gallagher and Foo Fighters, to selling out Alexandra Palace. Headlining the BBC Radio 1 Stage on Friday night seems like it’ll be a highlight for not only the band, but their devoted fans too.

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A “dream come true” for Fall Out Boy to headline Reading’s Friday Main Stage

A “dream come true” for Fall Out Boy to headline Reading’s Friday Main Stage

Posted:Friday | 12:54 AM

After playing the Main Stage at Reading six times before today, quartet punk-pop band Fall Out Boy finally graced us with their presence for their headline slot on Friday evening.

Opener ‘Thriller’ set the tone for the next hour and a half – a huge party filled with all your favourite tracks by one of rock music’s biggest bands. There were pumped-up anthems and enough pyrotechnics to write home to your mum about (Pete Wentz’s bass guitar even had fire coming out of it at one point). This set was full of classic belters sang out by lead singer Patrick Stump and all of them made us want to reminisce about our teenage years.

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The sheer amount of tracks they’ve now released ensured they had plenty to choose from when picking their setlist. Popular choices included classic anthems ‘Sugar, We’re Goin Down’, ‘Thnks fr th Mmrs’ and ‘Dance, Dance.’ It’s difficult to pick a favourite though, as every song is played with as much energy as the other.

WIth a cracker of a light show and fireworks to top it off – this has been a hyped up performance which even exceeded expectations.

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Catch a movie on the BBC Radio 1xtra Stage

Posted:Friday | 11:37 PM

Take the weight off your feet and settle down in the BBC Radio 1xtra Stage where we’ll be showing some of the biggest and best movies late into the night.

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The Used thrill The Pit with nostalgic emo perfection

The Used thrill The Pit with nostalgic emo perfection

Posted:Friday | 9:21 PM

The Pit has always been the best place to discover the best in new rock music at Reading & Leeds Festival, but it’s also a place you can indulge your nostalgia and embrace your inner emo (straightened fringe optional.)

The Used are the perfect band for this and their set this evening was a great reminder of what made us all want to squeeze into skinny jeans in the first place. The band draw heavily from 2004’s ‘In Love And Death,’ an album filled with anthemic classics, interspersed with a cover of Sixpence None The Richer’s ‘Kiss Me.’

Frontman ‪Bert McCracken‬ throws himself round the stage with incredible energy and the crowd love the passion.

There’s also a first for Reading; a mosh pit during a Shakespeare soliloquy. It is absolutely unique.

The biggest singalong of the evening is reserved for ‘Taste of Ink’ which the crowd screams along to. Joined for a final hurrah by a The Fever 333, and covering ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ The Used have pulled out a truly memorable set from the hat and thrilled this evening’s crowd.

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Keep the party going tonight at The Alternative Stage

Posted:Friday | 8:52 PM
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The Blinders’ headline slot on the BBC Introducing Stage blows us away

Posted:Friday | 8:50 PM

Political punk rock trio The Blinders rounded off Friday evening nicely with an explosive headline slot on the BBC Introducing Stage.

The South Yorkshire natives have been championed by BBC Music Introducing in Manchester and it’s clear to see why.

With scratchy guitars and psychedelic lyrics, the band gifted us with pumped-up tracks such as ‘L’etat C’est Moi’ and ‘Gotta Get Through.’ Lead vocalist and guitarist Thomas Haywood even jumped up by the stage speakers and peered over their eager-eyed crowd – intimidating but we loved it!

The three-piece have been inspired by artists such as Bob Dylan and have already supported the likes of Cabbage on tour. Their angsty stage presence proves they are a band to watch in the coming months and we’re totally here for it.

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The Wombats give us nostalgic vibes on the Main Stage

The Wombats give us nostalgic vibes on the Main Stage

Posted:Friday | 7:17 PM

Reading Festival favourites The Wombats drew a packed crowd of buzzing festival-goers to the Main Stage this afternoon. The band from Liverpool graced us with tonnes of 2000s guitar pop anthems such as well-established festival bangers ‘Moving to New York’, ‘Let’s Dance to Joy Division’ and ‘Kill the Director’.  Newer tunes such as ‘Techno Fan’ and ‘Give Me A Try’ were just as explosive and sent the crowd into head-bopping unison. The whole performance felt like one huge indie disco, complete with a jumping crowd and people on shoulders everywhere you looked.

As well as playing their classics, the band fronted by Matthew Murphy also showcased tracks from their newly released album ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life.’ Cracking psych-rock hit ‘Cheetah Tongue’ taken directly from the new record kicked off the set in style and showed the boys are definitely here to stay on the festival circuit for a while longer.

The lads closed the set with synth-pop classic ‘Greek Tragedy’ which gave us nostalgic vibes and a festival party we’ll never forget.

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Need more merch in your life?

Posted:Friday | 6:58 PM

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Whether you’re after a fresh new tee, hoodie for the evening or a water bottle so you can stay hydrated – we’ve got it all in our online store.

Watching from home? No worries. Soak it all up on your sofa and get some of this merch in your life. You need it.

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