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2 hours ago, Jack.194 said:

Yea honestly based on all these posts I can’t see myself doing the full weekend again and camping, just doesn’t seem worth it, plus I’m getting older now (only 24!)

That being said, has anyone who used to camp done the festival while staying in a hotel or something similar? I’m worried that the line-up will warrant a full ticket without me wanting to camp! I’ve stayed in a hotel with a day ticket once before, and it wasn’t too bad, but I really struggled getting a taxi when the day had finished.

I stayed at a friends house this year- Im disabled so the campsites arent best for me. It works fine 

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30 minutes ago, Jonathan Jonathan said:

 

To avoid straying into pessimism, some questions for you all:

Best act of the weekend:

Act that most exceeded expectations:

Best new act you discovered:

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc):

 

Only went Saturday sooo…

Best act of the weekend: Sam Fender, what a superb set. 

Act that most exceeded expectations: Aitch, he’ll be headlining in 5 years time (or less). 

Best new act you discovered: Demob Happy seemed good whilst having lunch. 

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc): Sam Fender joining Declan McKenna on stage for ‘Brazil’ - so unexpected and was a treat! 

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37 minutes ago, Jonathan Jonathan said:

To avoid straying into pessimism, some questions for you all:

Best act of the weekend:

Act that most exceeded expectations:

Best new act you discovered:

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc):

best act: hard to say but i really enjoyed sam fender, wombats, disclosure, liam and biffy

act that most exceeded expectations: stormzy and beabadoobe. i didn’t at all expect to enjoy stormzy because it’s not at all my thing but it was so good

beabadoobee was awesome, i had no idea they sounded that good…thank tiktok for that, i thought they were just some quiet happy group but it was damn near shoegaze

best new act: the snuts are awesome, and like i said, beabadoobee i’ll defo be listening to more

best moment: this ahahaha (also me starting my first mosh pit and everyone chanting along to sam fender)

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Best act of the weekend: Biffy Clyro

Act that most exceeded expectations: Yungblud

Best new act you discovered: Biffy Clyro- I knew who they were but was very skeptical, they blew me away. Easily one of (if not) the best set i've ever seen at Reading

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc): Ending the festival on Wonderwall was quite poetic

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3 minutes ago, stanh said:

just on my way back from leeds on the train at the moment… wow! what a weekend!! having spent the weekend at boardmasters a couple weeks back, i was itching to get back to another festival - and it was great to get back after rolling tickets over from 2020… despite the lineup (in my opinion) on paper not looking all that, i had such a great weekend with my mates, but i do have a couple points about the weekend i do want to talk about and share!

 

camping wise we stayed in red this year, despite us usually doing orange, this was mainly because we had heard about how quickly it had filled up within the first couple hours of opening, and i assume partially due to the popularity of TPD now. our neighbours were all great and super friendly, and ended up doing a decent amount of stuff (especially late night entertainment) with them - which is always a plus. there were of course the usual dickheads around camp, but nothing worse than usual, especially for whats considered one of the more rowdy camps. managed to get a decent amount of sleep surprisingly too! last night and this morning though was absolute carnage, tents on fire everywhere, tents being jumped on, bottles being chucked here there and everywhere, security running all over the place; definitely was the most rowdy ‘last night’ ive seen so far - definitely felt for the people who had their tents smashed up by ketted up teenage lads. 

 

food this year was once again your average festival grub, pretty poor standard food for a hefty price tag… 4 dry chicken nuggets and cold chips cost me £12 in the arena… but i guess thats to be expected, just nothing on food at quite a fair few other festivals now. queues though for food was a LOT longer than normal, and there did seem to be a fair less amount of vendors around the campsites and arena. 

 

bar wise was your standard festival prices, just a shame the queues were so long for those this year, and was surprising to see the amount of under 18’s being served without question. but the main problem was definitely how long the waits (most times being almost over 30 minutes), would be good to see that changed and sorted for 2022. 

 

the new main arena setup i personally wasnt much a fan off; i did however love having a new second ‘main stage’, but really did notice the lack of having the radio 1 tent and festival republic tent (on all days). i think the positioning of the two main stages should maybe be reconsidered for next year, as a lot of the time acts would over run and then bleed into the sound of the opposite stage, also the rush of people to and from sets was also borderline dangerous, especially between the wombats and two door cinema club. the arena also felt a lot more busy than usual and felt quite hard to easily move about, especially with a lot of (mainly) younger punters making it very hard to get past one another. overall though, i did quite like having a second open air stage, especially with the weather being pretty decent all weekend. 

 

atmosphere this year was great, other than what seemed to me to be a lot more drug usage than previous years - baggies lying about EVERYWHERE. security didnt seem tight with any of that at all, and checks whilst getting in (both on to site and into the arena) were basically non existent. also should be noted how many mosh pits there were this year, many of which completely uncalled for and felt just there to hurt one another, rather than to enjoy the music - aj tracey especially, with there being quite a few crushed to the barriers and at many points lots of people falling over (at least being helped back up, luckily). sound on the main stages prior to headliners was very very quiet, with us not really being able to hear much of aitch or mabel’s sets - definitely could do with being turned up a bit louder or introducing more delay towers to help with it. 

 

finally music wise i spent a lot longer in the arena than normal, and managed to see quite a few acts!

 

friday: russ millions, the hunna, bad boy chiller crew, ksi, nathan dawe, shy fx, gerry cinnamon, crucast, liam gallagher, bad boy chiller crew (again) and kainine

 

saturday: mostack, aitch, mabel, sam fender, franky wah, catfish and the bottlemen, mk, stormzy, lowes, 220 kid and the prototypes

 

sunday: easy life, beabadoobee, becky hill, slowthai, the kid laroi, the wombats, two door cinema club, disclosure, post malone, eli brown, rebuke and franky wah

 

highlights for me this weekend include stormzy, disclosure, the wombats, bad boy chiller crew, nathan dawe, shy fx and becky hill. 

 

disclosure’s headline set was stellar, definitely solid headliners in my opinion… received an enormous crowd, much larger than biffy and catfish. but they smashed it, and everyone around us seemed to love it just as much as i did. 

 

stormzy too, he holds the crown for the best set of the weekend for me, banger after banger, with a pretty stunning production packed out with lots of fireworks and special effects with it all combining to be a rather stunning headline set - which i am sure will be looked back on in the future!

 

aitch, becky hill, aj tracey, mabel, sam fender and bad boy chiller crew all got massive crowds too, with their stages being completely packed out and very packed even on the more outer areas of their sets, aitch and becky hill especially. 

 

all in all, a class weekend of music and drinks with my mates, and a great move back into ‘normality’ and of course so brilliant seeing live music once again! there were quite a few problems ive highlighted, as well as some more major issues of violent and sexual assaults across the weekend security had informed and warned us about - but hopefully next year these issues get ironed out with id checks on the entrance being more strict, or just something enforced to help with these problems. cant wait to start the countdown towards 2022 and our first names getting announced, now its just time to keep my fingers crossed for dave!

Dave has to headline next year, the reception when stormzy brought him out was insane

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Best act of the weekend: Posty - thought he was brilliant, got the crowd going and was just amazing, wasn’t too fussed about him in 2019 but recently got into him so I’m so glad he came back.    

Act that most exceeded expectations: Gerry Cinnamon, to be honest we hadn’t even planned to see him because my friends hadn’t even heard of him so we were going to see Biffy but decided to see Gerry instead to get a good spot for LG and we actually preferred Gerry over Liam  

Best new act you discovered: To be honest we stayed at the main stages so no small acts who stood out, I guess Broco because I’d never really listened to them but I really got into them in the crowd so I’ll really try and listen to them now  

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc): Hypersonic Missiles

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1 hour ago, TornShaun said:

Just got back from Reading, whoever on this forum suggested Calva Louise, I salute you, they were so good! 

That was me and I'm glad you enjoyed them. I've seen them a couple of times when they were supporting other bands like The Regrettes but everytime Calva Louise steal the show.

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2 hours ago, Jack.194 said:

Yea honestly based on all these posts I can’t see myself doing the full weekend again and camping, just doesn’t seem worth it, plus I’m getting older now (only 24!)

That being said, has anyone who used to camp done the festival while staying in a hotel or something similar? I’m worried that the line-up will warrant a full ticket without me wanting to camp! I’ve stayed in a hotel with a day ticket once before, and it wasn’t too bad, but I really struggled getting a taxi when the day had finished.

Staying in the hotel since 2014, works great for me while in Reading. The Guest gate is open for exit in the evening which makes the walk significantly shorter, it's under 2 km to the city center in the night so you can make it in 20 minutes if you are really fast. Used to camp in white which is pretty much a similar distance, can't complain at all 😉

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I’ll post my review of the bands later on but I just wanted to give my opinion on my experience of Reading now I’ve got home to try and level out the comments. Obviously this is my view only and what I experienced may have been different. 
I’ve been going since 2014 and although there were a lot of knobheads, it didn’t seem like many more than other years, think it’s just to be expected when you’ve got a massive load of teenage lads. With the change in genre, generally I think with rap/grime music it does attract a worse crowd. 

I was in the crowds quite a bit and to be honest I didn’t see any kind of sexually inappropriate behaviour, a few lads trying it on maybe but they gave up when the ladies weren’t interested (I also went with a female and she said she didn’t feel uncomfortable at all by any of the lads). 
Yeah the festival was rife with drugs and people weren’t exactly subtle about it, doing coke in the crowds, but each to their own really, doesn’t bother me personally. Also, if you are charging £7 for a pint of Carlsberg after queuing for over an hour then you can’t be surprised people are taking drugs instead 

Maybe I got quite lucky with where I camped (red) because I didn’t really see any violence or tent burning or anything like that, a few rowdy lads but no physical violence and no reason for me to feel threatened, there was one security guard who said someone had been bottled nearby but I didn’t witness that so can’t comment on it. 
I thought the crowds were pretty well managed this year actually and the pens did a good job of making sure the people seeing the headliners got priority if they really liked the act rather than someone just pushing to the front after hopping between stages. Obviously there were a lot of mosh pits during the day full of lads trying to assert their masculinity which got annoying but it has to be expected. 
In summary, for me I enjoyed it just as much as any other Reading I’ve been to, I think the kids just seem more annoying because ive got older (27 now) and felt more out of place but honestly I don’t care if kids are judging me for enjoying myself for 3 days of my life. I fully enjoyed the weekend and will 100% be back next year, camping for the whole weekend. 

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For Leeds:


Best act of the weekend: Biffy Clyro, Sam Fender, Wolf Alice or Stormzy

Act that most exceeded expectations: Post Malone

Best new act you discovered: Nothing But Thieves (no idea why I hadn’t listened to them before) 

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc): Biffy Clyro - Many of Horror

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Great weekend but i think it’ll be my last Reading, or at least my last paid Reading i could be open to volunteering. I’m only 19 myself and already feel too old for it and almost out of place wandering round with my over 18’s wristband haha

 

most acts i was very impressed with, stormzy was one of the best headline sets i’ve ever seen, disclosure were amazing, sam fender, tdcc & aj tracey were all absolutely quality too not to mention wolf alice, bob vylan, blossoms, don broco, declan mckenna, catfish, shy fx and crucast. i was quite disappointed by the wombats and nothing but thieves but i’ll put both down to sound issues. bad boy chiller crew were unfortunately underwhelming too. was very excited for them but it was basically over before they really got going 

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1 hour ago, Ferda said:

Staying in the hotel since 2014, works great for me while in Reading. The Guest gate is open for exit in the evening which makes the walk significantly shorter, it's under 2 km to the city center in the night so you can make it in 20 minutes if you are really fast. Used to camp in white which is pretty much a similar distance, can't complain at all 😉

How does that work out price wise?

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Leeds:

Best act of the weekend: Chapter and Verse or Holding Absence

Act that most exceeded expectations: IDK How - love them already but they blew it out of the park - very tight and seemed to have a big crowd for their slot/size

Best new act you discovered: Dead Poet Society, Badflower, STONE, Yard Act (too many to choose from)

Best musical moment (song, crowd, etc): Loathe playing Aggressive Evolution with Kadeem's arm pit in my face

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On 8/29/2021 at 10:27 AM, efcfanwirral said:

Yep was very similar to that last Manchester gig, though fade away was a nice surprise! 

The girlfriend loved Biffy but I was getting a bit frustrated with all the running around and queues so just went to get a drink and roam, though really that just meant 25 mins in a bar queue... they sounded amazing and I kind of regret that now! 

The festival I just went to was shocking in organisation. Really really bad. No one working there barely knew anything. Acts pulling out, like big acts with no announcement. Acts moving stage with nothing. This year is literally just a we have your money everywhere.

14 hours ago, Rotinajer said:

Second this. 
 

campsites we’re filled with c**ts this year. Launching anything and everything, and jumping into tents

we usually leave Monday morning, but we’ve headed off tonight because of how unsafe the atmosphere feels

Like below. 2012 leeds camp was full of dickheads.

9 hours ago, she bangs the drums said:

Probably looking at 10% of attendees catching it? So 7,500 from Leeds and 8,500 from Reading? 

https://inews.co.uk/news/health/boardmasters-festival-new-delta-strain-cornwall-event-1172393/amp

 

We aren't expecting anything different are we? 

9 hours ago, Gerard the Fab said:

Yh I’ve heard through my mates of 2 deaths. One from ecstasy who died in hospital and my friends said he saw a body bag being carried from the dance stage. At Aitch a girl lost a finger crushed against a barrier. It’s so tragic that people take it to that extent

in other news Gerry Cinnamon yesterday was one of the best things I’ve ever seen. Liam slightly underwhelming and Biffy were class as always. Wolf Alice we’re good the crowd felt tiny tho same with Blossoms

This is why I'm 100% against yhe use of those types of drugs. I mean I'm already aware I'm already 16 years too old on average for it. 2012 was when i decided never camp again.

8 hours ago, Ryan1984 said:

Went for the day yesterday. Wolf Alice were great but seemed to have a very short set, Biffy awesome and Liam good but the sound was all over the place, which I think affected the atmosphere. Lauran Hibberd, Holly Humberstone, Fur all good as well.

Saw a few lateral flow tests thrown on the floor but all negative. Thought they did the Covid requirements well (at the day entrance anyway). What was with the queues for food? Seemed crazy busy all day? Does going cashless hold things up?

What was the general view on the two main stages? I liked it.

Negative doesn't mean strictly that though unfortunately.

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54 minutes ago, andywatts1995 said:

How does that work out price wise?

Depends where do you stay and when do you book - you can get a hotel room for a normal Reading price (50-70 per night) if booking early, otherwise you pay festival premium. I stayed at Pink Moon Camping originally as I didn't want to bring my camping gear over on a plane but managed to get a hotel room for the same price so switched to hotel a few years back.  Sometimes it gets more expensive when I am late with booking, etc. but on average it's not that much different from Pink Moon

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Got back a bit ago, feeling dreadful still but was a fantastic weekend! Of Latitude, Boardmasters and Reading it was probably my favourite festival this year despite some of the points everyone else mentioned (moshing, early bird queue, campsite fires etc).

Disclosure probably have to be my favourite set of the weekend, really cannot see myself going next year if there isn’t a dance headliner - would love to see maybe Bicep or someone step up to the headline spot, think my taste is just changing a bit. The two main stages had its flaws but having both headliners in the dark is fantastic. Easy Life and Gerry must be up there too for me, worser ones probably Blossoms and Catfish - both good singalongs still but just not fantastic especially Catfish. Bakar was a nice surprise. Did anyone else see Niko B - he couldn’t fill the set so cut his songs half way through on 2 of them and just started again was quite funny.

re bad stuff - was in orange basically where i was in 2018 and i don’t remember fires before but maybe i was asleep. Lots of deodorant fires etc - boardmasters crowd was significantly more calm in the campsites but is maybe a tad older. Security was appalling versus Boardmasters, obviously nice for taking stuff in but not brilliant really. No dogs at arena entrance kind of surprised me and no searches on entry whatsoever unless sniffed by dog from what I saw. Early bird queue was long but it does say 6pm so fair enough I guess. Moshes were so bad as well but what can you do eh, they’ll learn. Friends of mine almost bought those bad blue louis vuittons but the dealer stopped replying so dodged a bullet there as well. Definitely a great weekend and just the right level of chaos/calm for me where we were camped.

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1 minute ago, NoBuses said:

Very common in grime and garage live sets, he was good but I thought his comments after each song were the best bits

Yeah, was very Niko B bringing his family on at the end too haha. Cheers for clearing that up

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I’ll do my bands etc later but a few thoughts on Leeds as a whole off the back off everyone else’s comments.

Camps: Staying in the campervan bit I can’t comment much on the campsites. Brown looked quiet from where we were but even green looked a livelier than normal. Saw the pit headliners over Stormzy and Post Malone but the walks back to camp we’re quick by trader’s alley/the fairground etc.

Arena: Didn't see much trouble in the arena (besides some lad getting launched off the dodgems by the bloke) but it was insanely busy. We adopted some poor lad off his box after his mates kindly left him so there were definitely some bellends about but no more than usual in our experience. The layout of the two main stages at Leeds with MSW being in the main thoroughfare to MSE was utterly stupid - the crowds for any act on MSW from mid afternoon onwards, plus the queue opposite, meant the entire arena was pretty much gridlocked. It was a waste of time going to the pit/lock up/dance stages for the shorter sets. Aitch at about 5pm was dangerously rammed with people shoving through the paths with no regard for anyone else’s safety.

Food/bars/cashless: The food and bars were shocking as well. The bars ran out of red bull for my smuggled spirits and big wines on day one. No signal for a lot of the food even before it got busy, but the bars did contactless all day. We also managed to stream part of the Leeds match so it didn’t make much sense.

Overall: Overall another belting weekend as usual but not without its problems. Also a sad state of affairs with the pit/lock up being dead all weekend, obviously the demographic has changed but no one is going to fight past the MSW crowd to see a small band do a six-song set. It won’t put me off going, tempted to buy my 2022 ticket this week!

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