Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Seen It>>Reading Festival Sunday, August 26

Pulled Apart By Horses>>Main Stage>>The Leeds-based band have quickly complete their assault up the Reading line up, going from FR openers to Main Stage openers in just three years. The bigger stage and field didn't prevent their usual crazy antics and lairy crowds for anthems such as "High Five" and "I Punched a Lion in the Throat".

Mongol Horde>>Lock Up Stage>>Frank Turner's new band were unveiled on the punk stage at Reading, which saw a huge crowd greeted to covers of artist including The Streets and Nirvana and their own original songs. 

The Gaslight Anthem>>Main Stage>>With the release of Handwritten edging the New Jersey punks to more of a stadium rock sound, their earlier blue collar punk anthems such as "The '59 Sound", "Old White Lincoln" and "The Backseat" struggled to fill their surroundings, suggesting that they are better off in a tent than the open air. 

Mark Lanegan Band>>NME/Radio 1 Stage >>Something of a legend at Reading, having performed previously with Screaming Trees, Soulsavers and The Gutter Twins, Mr Lanegan was here with his own band this time around, performing tracks from his illustrious career and new album, Blues Funeral. 

Gallows>>Lock Up Stage>>With the loss of frontman Frank Carter to Pure Love, who were also on the bill, Gallows returned with former Alexisonfire man Wade Macneil on lead vocals. The band may have changed, but nothing much else did, a relentless burst of raw London punk noise including, "In the Belly of a Shark", "Abandon Ship" and "Orchestra of Wolves" had the tent going up in a dust bowl. 

Me First & the Gimme Gimmes>>Lock Up Stage>>The world's greatest covers band as they are known, gave a party atmosphere inside the lock up tent, which was second to none all weekend. Hawaiian shirts, beach balls and rubber bananas, ensured that Reading Festival 2012 may have been coming to an end, but not without a party. Punk versions of "I Believe I Can Fly", "Jolene" and "Country Roads" had everyone going mental, along with the ukulele singalongs of "Enjoy the Silence" and "Somewhere over the Rainbow", which made the punk supergroup a welcome festival band and helped Reading go down with a hangover. 

Foo Fighters>>Main Stage>>The place where Dave Grohl's Foos made their name, they were back at their spiritual home. A three hour set saw them play the usual classics, but also time for them to sneak in a few first album treats such as "Wattershed" and "For All the Cows". 

Less Than Jake>>Lock Up Stage>>Foo Fighters finishing earlier than their expected 23.30 time, meant a brief glimpse of Gainesville ska punks Less Than Jake. Their set included a homage to their hometown  "Gainesville Rock City", as well as old favourites including "Al's Town" and "History of a Boring Town".