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#1 VCK

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:50 PM

Has the line-up improved or downgraded itself over the course of ten years? I can see a bit of a massacre here...

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:53 PM

Has the line-up improved or downgraded itself over the course of ten years? I can see a bit of a massacre here...

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn


Did reading have any competition for bands in 2002? You seem a bit desperate dissing the lineup this year

Edited by thetime, 18 March 2012 - 04:54 PM.


#3 VCK

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 04:58 PM

Did reading have any competition for bands in 2002? You seem a bit desperate dissing the lineup this year


Not at all, there's usually a topic every year comparing the line-up with one from ten years prior. I just feel that a lot on here will see 2002's line-up as better than 2012's.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:00 PM

There are so many 'VS' thread and pointless threads

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:01 PM

Well yeah of course. The festival scene was comparably far less competitive 10 years ago. I think you'll find that the standard of the line up for most festivals has declined because there are so many competing to get the top bands.

If you don't like the line-up then don't go.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:01 PM

There are so many 'VS' thread and pointless threads


With you there!!



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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:03 PM

I was going to agree a bit with you thetime. 10 years ago it was a different festival completely with much less competition.

But to comment on your vs VCK.

Friday shows that mid main downwards is still nothing to shout about.

Saturday is a mixed bag really, and to be fair 2002 just had Foo Fighters on a different day, now we still have them.

Sunday, except for Slipknot and The Offsrping, it actually beats 2002 quite easily.

Compare it to 2005 if you need to, seen as one of the best all round lineups over the years compared to any of them.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:04 PM

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn

10 - 16 2002 wins! but double Foos would be too much! And some of them could go either way for me.

Edited by AcademicPistol, 18 March 2012 - 05:07 PM.


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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:05 PM

Well yeah of course. The festival scene was comparably far less competitive 10 years ago. I think you'll find that the standard of the line up for most festivals has declined because there are so many competing to get the top bands.

If you don't like the line-up then don't go.


Spot on especially for reading, glasto/v/titp were always competing and reading pretty much didnt have any competition. Now they have download/soni to compete with, result is watered down lineups and less rocky music. I like the lineup over all so I bought a ticket.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:08 PM

Of course a lineup from 10 years ago is gonna look better than one now because you have bands that are headliners/subs now playing lower slots making it look like a much better lineup than now, you can't compare lineups on strength when they're this many years apart.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:10 PM

Well yeah of course. The festival scene was comparably far less competitive 10 years ago. I think you'll find that the standard of the line up for most festivals has declined because there are so many competing to get the top bands.

If you don't like the line-up then don't go.


I actually think the Foos day is very solid and has a fair number of bands I really want to see.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:11 PM

The other thing worth mentioning is where those bands were in 2002. Obviously if we got that line up today it would be fantastic. But bear in mind that in 2002, bands like Sum 41 and Less Than Jake were nothing compared to what they are now. Even Muse and Slipknot were nowhere near as highly regarded as they are today.

In 5-10 years time there's a chance we'll look back on this years line up and see that a lot of the bands have gone on to become headliners.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:12 PM

It's just for japes! Stop posting the same things people.

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:18 PM

Yeh one year in 2019 we'll look back and be like, 'Cancer bats were only 2nd bottom on a stage they are headlining!' :P or Paramore used to sub and now they are mid NME!'

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:19 PM

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn

2012 - 12
2002 - 14

A lot closer then I first thought

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 05:42 PM

The Cure
Pulp
Jane's Addiction
Weezer
The White Stripes
The Dandy Warhols
Mercury Rev
The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Moldy Peaches

1 - 8

Foo Fighters
Muse
Ash
Sum 41
The Hives
OFWGKTA
Less Than Jake
Vex Red

1 - 7

The Prodigy
The Offspring
Slipknot
Incubus
NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem
Eagles Of Death Metal
Amen
Raging Speedhorn

2 - 7

4 - 22

Now that is a festival

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:10 PM

to be fair i think 2002 was one of the best lineups readings had

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:18 PM

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn


13 - 12

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:30 PM

The Cure vs. The Strokes
Paramore vs. Pulp
Bombay Bicycle Club vs. Jane's Addiction
You Me At Six vs. Weezer
Crystal Castles vs. The White Stripes - Tough call. Only leaned to White Stripes because it's the mainstage.
Angels And Airwaves vs. The Dandy Warhols
Coheed And Cambria vs. Mercury Rev
Cancer Bats vs. The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
Deaf Havana vs. The Moldy Peaches

Kasabian vs. Foo Fighters
Florence And The Machine vs. Muse
The Vaccines vs. Ash
Enter Shikari vs. Sum 41 -
The Shins vs. The Hives
OFWGKTA vs. A
Mystery Jets vs. Less Than Jake
Blood Red Shoes vs. Vex Red

Foo Fighters vs. The Prodigy
The Black Keys vs. The Offspring
Kaiser Chiefs vs. Slipknot
Bullet For My Valentine vs. Incubus
All Time Low vs. NOFX
The Gaslight Anthem vs. Puddle Of Mudd
Eagles Of Death Metal vs. Hundred Reasons
Band Of Skulls vs. Amen
Pulled Apart By Horses vs. Raging Speedhorn

8 vs 14

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 06:50 PM

Did reading have any competition for bands in 2002? You seem a bit desperate dissing the lineup this year

Although you seem a bit desperate to defend it.