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      16.10.2013 19:15
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      See you there next year!

      I'm new to this website, but not new to Reading Festival!

      I've only been a dooyoo member for a week and am really enjoying searching around the site. Up until now my focus has been on reading other peoples reviews of products. The downside of this is that I now have a list as long as my arm of products that I "must" buy based mainly on reviews I've read - so thanks there guys!!

      Today I noticed this area of the site and, as I love going to gigs and festivals I was instantly drawn to this bit :)

      Ahhh, Reading festival, how I have loved you over the years. You have been my main summer holiday for the past five years and I love talking about you to my friends and family. So much so in fact that my friends and family all glaze over when I start talking about Reading Festival ***again***

      So imagine my joy in finding this topic here and thinking oooh, an opportunity to discuss with all my new dooyoo friends.... but hang on....... where are you all???

      Surely I am not the only dooyoo with this passion?? Where are you all guys? I wanna talk about

      2009 - Kings of Leon being angry little so and sos
      2010 - More flooding than Glasto
      2011 - Welly loss in the mud, I had to consol myself in the JD tent
      2012 - Who would have thought there would be a mosh pit at the Vaccines gig?
      2013 - Pah, wish I hadn't bothered

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        08.12.2009 17:25
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        A great lineup will most likely see you forking out the £180 despite a few problems.

        As a Glastonbury child who has been to said festival every year since I was 12, this year I thought I'd check out the major competition on the Uk festival circuit. That's a lie, I mainly went because I wanted to see Radiohead, but I was interested none the less in how this monster festival would compare.

        This year, as with every Reading Festival, there were probably the best headliners of any UK fesitval. Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys and Radiohead all provided stellar sets that diced a little with controvesy (Arctic Monkeys being less than crowd-pleasing in their set-list, Kings Of Leon throwing a tantrum). And the sheer bredth of other bands on display was huge, a whos- who of UK alternative and rock music. So the line-up was awesome, unrivelled by Glastonbury or any other festival this year.

        However, there were many things to put you off Reading. Firstly, the outrageous commercialism is something to behold. No alcohol in the main arena area is ridiculous, a ploy to get the festival goer to buy the beer that is sponsoring the festival. A 500ml bottle of water is fine, so why not a 500ml bottle of spirits? Not that I'm promoting the over use of alcohol, but to many people at Reading, music and drinking go hand in hand.
        Another problem was the sound on the main stage was often dreadful, with Bloc Party sounding like their set was wafting over on the breeze from Somerset. And some of the campsites on the sunday night resembled a battle field, with gas canisters set alight willy-nilly.

        So a mixed bag, and a far from perfect festival. But I still had a great time and if you can stomach these misgivings, Reading Festival is a really great weekend.

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          27.09.2004 17:58
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          Yes, I know it’s nearly a month ago but there haven’t been many reviews of this years Reading Festival so here’s mine anyway!

          The Carling Weekend Reading Festival is my annual holiday so it’s quite an event for me each August Bank Holiday. This year it took place from the 27th – 29th August at the usual location comprising several fields in Richfield Avenue, Reading in Berkshire.

          I’ll go through a few basics with you first. You can buy tickets for the event at all the usual outlets but be warned - it sells out FAST! Weekend tickets which include use of camping facilities cost £105 plus booking fee or you can buy day tickets which are usually around £31 per day plus booking fee. If you are intending to camp for the weekend, like me, you can arrive at the site from midday Thursday onwards and afterwards you have to be packed up and away by midday on the Monday. I won’t go through all the recommendations for camping equipment and “survival” gear (I think there’s a separate category for all that!) but suffice to say take a supply of loo roll, plenty of money and be prepared for all weathers!

          This years’ main stage line-ups on all days seemed a little disjointed according to the general consensus of opinion of the people I spoke to although I was generally happy with it some of the running orders seemed a little odd. There is also the Radio One Stage which is the second largest and generally focuses on up and coming bands or just those who prefer a smaller setting. Then there is the Dance Tent (self-explanatory!), the Carling Stage for lesser known and unsigned bands and the comedy tent for those who want some light relief with no music! Obviously I’ll concentrate on the bands I actually saw, whether or not I liked them, as listing everything on every stage would take way toooooo long.

          Friday saw the whole event kicking off with Goldie Lookin’ Chain on the main stage – they of the “Guns Don’t Kill People, Rappers Do” song. They were a good, fun band to start with and despite only knowing the aforementioned song I did enjoy watching and listening to them. Some hours later I sat through Swedish band The Hives who have never really grabbed me despite being rocky and frenetic it just sounded like they were playing the same song over and over again to me. Prior to seeing them we had ventured over to the Radio One stage to see The Wildhearts who played a blinding set despite continuing technical problems and it was great to see them back again and in fine form with their blasting tuneful brand of punk.

          Back to the main stage for Ash. They were good and played a varied set of old and new but were far short of spectacular and suit a smaller stage, where I’ve seen them before. Next were The Offspring, another of those bands who I enjoy for the first two or three songs before they become repetitive and boring and there is something about the pitch of the lead singers voice which literally makes my ears hurt.

          Friday nights headliners were The Darkness who I was looking forward to having missed their set at the Festival last year. They were openly nervous and in awe of headlining such a major event for the first time and did rely heavily on their image and lots of stage effects to carry it off but their music was enjoyable, Justin Hawkins (lead singer) very charismatic and funny and they just about carried it off with all that combined. An enjoyable end to the first night.

          Saturday kicked off with the 5,6,7,8s on the main stage (they of the maddening “woohoo” song) – I didn’t go and see them myself but my friend did and said they were very good. I was determined to make it to the main stage in time to see the New York Dolls as I had been looking forward to seeing them AND seeing who were going to replace the now deceased three original members. Despite a long time away from the scene, they played a great set displaying how many bands since have been understandably influenced by them. Original members David Johanneson (vocals) and Sylvain Sylvain (guitar) headed up the band and were joined by Sammi Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks) on bass but I’m afraid I don’t know/can’t remember who the other replacement members were!

          After the New York Dolls we made our way over to the Radio One stage to see The Ordinary Boys and 80s Matchbox BeeLine Disaster. The Ordinary Boys played a youthful enthusiastic set reminiscent of early Jam with power and tunes. 80s Matchbox etc did not impress me although my friend liked them I found them to be a little too unstructured and they descended into a wall of noise in most songs.

          Now for a bit I’d been dreading. We needed to be back in place on the disabled viewing platform (I use a wheelchair) in time for that nights headliners – The White Stripes – however this meant I would have to sit through the whole of Morrisseys set before hand, and if there’s one band/person I have always HATED it’s the Smiths/Morrissey (who, by the way, looks alarmingly like Freddie Starr now he’s getting on a bit….) I survived it by holding on to my pint of red wine, with ear plugs in and a blanket over my head which a kindly soul had lent me. So I saw no evil, heard no evil but I must admit I spoke quite a lot of evil.

          At last it was time for The White Stripes who had to cancel their scheduled appearance at the Festival last year due to injury/personal problems. They lived up to expectations played a lot from their “Elephant” album as well as older tracks and covers with variations on the expected versions of their known songs. Thoroughly enjoyable although a little uninspiring just to watch the two of them on stage!

          So it was Sunday, the last day, and we made it to the main stage half way through the second band on – Thrice – who were playing some unremarkable thrash metal. Next on where The Rasmus. Oh dear. After being greeted by a hail of bottles and boos they lasted about two minutes making a hasty exit from the stage barely finishing their first (and only) song. Sad and scary for the band and sad for anyone there to see them (which didn’t seem like many…) but amusing for the rest of us who didn’t know/like them.

          By total contrast the Dropkick Murphys appeared next and they were fantastically entertaining with their blend of punkified Celtic/ska music akin to Rancid or a more punky Pogues. Impossible to stay still through and immensely enjoyable. The Streets came on next, I only really like his recent “Dry Your Eyes” hit single so I was really looking forward to a whole set and I’m afraid my opinion remains the same. However he was obviously popular with a lot of the crowd and went down well.

          Placebo were another band I was looking forwared to and I was disappointed to see that, yet again, they were third on the bill and not headlining despite drawing a large, enthusiastic crowd and putting in a storming performance which spanned all their excellent albums. They were on top form for a relatively short support set.

          Oh Lordy, another mass bottling occasion occurred next. 50 Cent came on to loud boos and the hail of bottles started again and continued with venom until he left the stage about 15-20 minutes into his set. I’m indifferent to him and his music and I must say I admired the fact that he tried to persevere for so long unlike The Rasmus, but again it was sad for anyone hoping to see him and potentially dangerous for those on stage having to dodge so many missiles despite being amusing to watch. He was rather an odd artist to have amongst Sunday nights line-up and chiefly heavier rock acts though so I feel the organisers had maybe not thought that through…..

          So on to the final act of Sunday night and the whole weekend – Green Day. The American punk/pop band have been around for about ten years now and are very popular although I struggle with them as I can hear so many ripped off old punk songs in their music! Due to the earlier “bottling off” events of the day Green Day were left with about an extra 45 minutes to fill and so they also did some straight covers of old punk classics – the bit I enjoyed the most of their set! Still, they were hugely popular, performed well and pleased the crowd, and I have to admit there are worse bands that could have headlined.

          And so it was all over for another year…..

          Before I go, having given you a rundown of the event and the bands just a bit more about this years festival – mud, mud, MUD!! Rain, wind, mud. By far the worst year for weather that I’ve experienced and being in a wheelchair getting through the mud was nigh on impossible (the late night Reading litter buggy rescued me from the field on one occasion…..)

          For those of you, like myself and my friend, who may not have unlimited money supplies and are planning to stay for the weekend take food and drink supplies with you. It’s far too expensive to rely on the outlets on site for all your meals and drink. We’d just treat ourselves a couple of times a day maybe as paying £1-£2 for a plastic cup of coffee was ridiculous when you could buy all the ingredients and take a little camping stove for a fraction of the price (which is what we do, obviously). I won’t go into all these money saving and survival tips as, I mentioned before, I think there is another category dealing with all that important information!

          Right, OK then, there you have it – my holiday for this year! Messy, muddy and tiring but GREAT :o)










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            12.04.2002 04:14
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            Ah, reading all these pieces about Reading has made me put finger to keyboard to tell you a tale of my experience at this festival. Cast your minds back to 1996. Who was big then? Well, seems I’ve already given you a clue – Cast did indeed play there, and headliners included The Prodigy, Rage Against the Machine and the Stone Roses. In those days one paid £60 for a ticket for the three days (in our case Friday 23 Aug-Mon 26) the festival spanned. Unfortunately this doesn’t include Bed and Breakfast; it’s bring your own tent and find somewhere to pitch it, avoiding the cow dung! So, you arrive in Reading. You’re probably at the bus station. Well, there’s no need to ask for directions to the campsite - just follow the line of scruffy/outraegously-dressed people and you’ll soon be there! I went with my then-boyfriend, and we soon realised the general plan was to buy a big crate of beer and make your way to the festival. Some people were grumbling as we ambled along, others were singing but there was a sense of unity (outsiders bond in Reading!) as we walked to the gates. Men everywhere selling programmes; coloured ID bracelets (‘passes’); bumpy uneven ground; silly me had chosen to wear slingback shoes – take it from me, trainers are the sensible option! We found a flat (ish) spot amongst all the tents to dump our heavy rucksacks and then it was time to put up the tent my uncle had kindly lent us. We were not thinking so kindly about ol’ Uncle later though; I can tell you! But more about that in a little while... OK, so I stood around trying to look helpful as I watched my boyfriend’s erection. Yes, he put the tent up with little help from me as I inspected my leather shoes for mud. We had a programme and there was hardly room to breathe in our tent, so we went for a wander to see what was happening in the tents and on the various sta
            ges (3?) in the main arena. It was strange; normally our first thoughts would be: alcohol, NOW! But Bloke didn’t want to drink ‘cus that would mean a trip to the (dadadada DAH!) portaloo... certainly not the highlight of our ‘holiday’ but a memorable momento all the same. We ended up spending quite a bit of money that weekend. For a start; it was cold at night; something Bloke hadn’t considered when he packed. So he bought fetching ‘potato-sack-material’ style jacket from one of the various stalls nearby, and a thick blanket. That blanket was a great comfort to us when we watched the evening’s bands: Prodigy; Rage Against the Machine... I’m sorry; the bands are a bit of a blur after 6 years so I suppose this opinion is more about the Reading experience in general. I do remember shivering under the blanket and thinking that, although I loved the Prod. and had all their albums, they did seem to be going on forever... unless I was just very very tired. But the night was to prove sleepless. The tent! A disaster! It rained! And my uncle’s flimsy tent just couldn’t cope! Enough with the sharp exclamations (we did plenty of that!). That tent was destined for the bin from the start; we’d had a practise run in the garden but the zip had worked then; and it had been sunny. Unfort. the zip stuck this time, and the tent leaked so our bags, clothes and sleeping bags were soggy and smelt nasty. There was no way of getting comfortable; we were damp and grumpy; perhaps Uncle had given us this tent on purpose to put an end to any amorous advances! And no chance of a shower in the morning! The first thing we did the next day was take a trip into town to buy a tent. Bloke spent £200 on a decent roomy one – absolute luxury from Millets! I bought a pair of trainers, and we had a nice breakfast in one of the pubs, taking advantage of the loo fac
            ilities (out came the toothbrushes and deodarant!). Beware if you think you can just wander into McDonalds and the like to use their loos; you must spend before you can spend a penny... Nothing had been nicked from our tent when we returned despite the broken zip. Soon Nice Green Happy Tent was up and Nasty Orange Soggy Tent was abandoned (we have the Before and After pictures as memories). It can be quite difficult to find your tent amongst all the others; look for landmarks like Stella can ‘washing-lines’ and happy face stickers. Suddenly happiness was in the air (or was that cannabis?) and everyone seemed chilled and smiling. The rain ceased for a while and I cracked open a can of...er, Dr Pepper. After one sip I was on a high (was that really the Dr Pepper?) and the afternoon passed by quickly. Early evening one of the tents was showing Trainspotting, that excellent film so we joined the masses to watch it (why did I end up by the pillar?!) and collected leaflets and fliers from the NME tent, and Dr Martens (again, this is a bit vague, and Bloke took the programme home with him so I don’t have it to hand). We had more energy this evening and enjoyed performances by Marion, Black Grape and YES! Garbage! You see ‘our’ song used to be one on the first Garbage CD, and I’d already seen them live locally. Only Happy When It Rains, Queer, Stupid Girl – all were played! Rain raged through the night but we were smug and snug in our cosy new home. I did wake up in the night and wonder why people were shouting out “Maureen! Maureen!” There were also shrill requests from a girl for drugs (“Someone give me drugs now! I need drugs RIGHT NOW!”). In the morning the field was particularly muddy but we smiled through the spitty weather; particularly when we saw a bloke jumping energetically onto a collapsed portaloo and falling through into – ugh, I can&
            #8217;t imagine! People watched in horror and hysterics as the smelly bloke was hosed down! That reminds me; nudity. When Ash were on stage that afternoon, my mind and eyes wandered as their set seemed to go on for a very long time and I wasn’t familiar with many of the songs. There were lots of girls balanced on men’s shoulders, shaking their bare tits for all they were worth! When Reef came on, it worsened; suddenly the topless girls were all over the place... and I watched as several blokes pissed against the stage. Utah Saints, Moloko, Gene, Billy Bragg, Underworld; obscure bands like Brawl, Downset... Smoke and bodies... stalls and shouts... rain, mud and smells... that’s what Reading was all about. Some would say the best was saved till last; The Stone Roses’ performance on Sunday night. No cameras allowed in the arena but someone managed to sneak in a video camera and stand in our way, filming them... Sadly, I didn’t rate the Stone Roses; not that I don’t usually enjoy them but something had gone horribly wrong with the sound. Was it the distant-sounding singing? The vocals were almost ‘lost’ under the guitars and sounded off key. But, hey, I appreciated the dancer and the lights and the rapt look on the dedicated fans’ faces. We passed time in the day with a pack of cards; we had many games of Shithead whilst munching on Tesco fairy cakes and sipping Dr Pepper (I think we stayed sober all weekend; it made the drunken antics around us all the more funnier!). We’d have breakfast and dinner in pubs in town, and call friends from phoneboxes (this was before the necessity of a mobile!). One memory that still makes me laugh is waking up on the Monday morning, and chucking a mouldy loaf of bread we’d brought with us out of our tent. Seconds later we heard people pass our tent and one bloke exclaimed; “Oooh, look – bre
            ad!” and grabbed it for his lunch! I recommend you buy plenty of bottled water to swig if you’ve remembered to bring your toothbrush and toothpaste – we felt a bit cleaner after this! Oh, and loo roll... Another game of cards and it was time to leave, new tent, new jacket, new Reading 1996 t.shirt, new string bracelets and new trainers later. I don’t recommend trying to break in new trainers at a festival; I spent a good half hour sitting in an ambulance in the arena having my blisters looked at and plastered; I could barely walk, they rubbed so badly! Pleasure and pain; mud and sunshine; good music and bad – Reading 1996 will reign on in my mind forever!

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              WIth this being my first festival, I don't really have a lot to judge it against but going of other peoples reaction it was a good festival. I got to the camp site around midday on thursday and spent ages finding a spot to camp. A word of advice to people going this year, get there early so you can find a good spot. There wasn't much to do for the rest of the day so it was mostly spent sitting around drinking. The next day I went to see Run DMC who really got the crowd into their act. Later on I watched Green Day, who were excellent, and its a shame I was pretty far back so I had to watch them on the screens. After Green Day, I was going to go watch Ash but the Radio 1 stage was packed so instead I walked round the stalls in the arena which were pretty cool. On Saturday, I sat in the sun and watched OPM, who were pretty poor live and Alien Ant Farm but I couldn't really see or hear them. In the evening I watched Feeder, Supergrass and Fun Loving Criminals. The first two were good but I wasn't too impressed by the FLC and got more interested in the massive bottle fight going on to my right. ALthough it rained, Sunday was my favourite day because it had some decent metal bands like Staind and Papa Roach both of which I was right near the front in the mosh pit. When Marilyn Manson came on I move back cos there was some scary looking people there. Manson was actually pretty interesting to watch although I don't really like his music but he put on a good show. I was dissapointed with Eminem because he didn't realy seem like he was putting in much effort compared to what you hear about his other gigs. Overall I had a great weekend and will definately be going back this year. I would recommend doing the same to anyone else.

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                I know this is a little late but heh.....i've only just Joined so here we go:) Thursday All things packed and ready to go, Myself and 2 friends jumped in the car and started the journey up to Reading from sunny Birmingham. I stayed up the previous night to watch the weather forecast and to my delight it said sunny all weekend (I should have known not to trust the weatherman) so off we went. leaving at 09:30 in the morning it was overcast and looked on the verge of rain, but it didnt dampen our spirits. By the time we reached Reading Steve and I had consumed 7 beers each and Paul (the driver) was not amused. Heh. oh well. Just as we were getting into the campsite I got a phonecall off one of our mates asking if we wanted to camp with them , we all agreed and off we went to meet them. After wandering round the site for about half an hour we finally found them and hoiked our tents up.After saying hello to our friend and his intrepid band (most sporting band new mohecan haircuts we realised there wasnt a great deal to do but get royally mashed, so with the remaining beers we all sat down for a night of pure insanity. A night that I missed because I got a little too mashed and fell asleep at 6 o'clock. Friday I awoke to a steaming hot tent and a banging headache, put on some kit and peered outside my tent. The weather was fantastic. With my headache fast becoming a distant memory I excitidly put on some shoes and burst out of my tent. No sooner than I had did I hear the new Reading chant TIMMOY which was echoing round the campsite, I heartily shouted it back and kicked my mates tent to wake him up, unfortunatly he tends to sleep with his head near the entrance so I ended booting his bonce. Ah well . The campsite was waking up all round us and we cracked open a few beers while waiting for the first act of the day to come on. By the time 11o'clock had arrived we were all very drunk. Our friend and his band had already left for t
                he main arena so we decided to wander over. We reached the main arena and sat down to the side of it at which point I felt a tap on the shoulder and turned round to see a camera crew and some very chirpy woman with a microphone "can we have a quick interview please?, its for meridian tv" well as i've said I had a bit of dutch courage so said why not expecting my mates to be right there, but they had seen her coming and scarpered. After asking me the usual "so why do you come to reading questions she then asked "what makes reading festival so special" I answered well you get really drunk with loads of insane people. after that she ended the interview and did one. I dont think it'll be aired. We got into the arena just in time for The Donna's who I'd never heard of, but as it was the first band stayed and watched the first couple of songs. I was pretty impressed and they reminded me of The Ramones but needing a beer cruised over to the bar for some liquid refreshment. After sinking a few more beers we decided to have a look around the various stalls and came across the piercing tent. Now I had already decided to get my eyebrow done so with the lager inside me marched up, signed the forms and sat on the chair, at which point my bottle went, but I had paid my money and all my mates were outside waiting to see the end result so bit down on my lip and held on to the chair as this guy pushed a needle through my eyebrow. It didnt hurt too much so I felt better as I came out to an applause off my mates who clearly didnt think I would have it done. By the time I had it don it was time for The Lowfidelity Allstars who quite frankly in my opinion were crap. Seemed like all they played where samples and sung over the top a bit, not my cup of tea. A few more beers later it was time for Run DMC. This was the first band to really get the crowd rocking. Their stage presence was unbelievable and for me were one of the highlights of the fes
                tival. We hung around for a bit to watch The Eels and Iggy Pop who both lived up to their reputations and then had something to eat, and cruised over to the carling stage to watch American HiFi who were very good indeed, quite why they were on the smallest stage I dont know but thats Mean fiddler for you. And then the unbelievable Greenday. We had pushed our way to the front and prepared ourselves for what was for me one of the best performances I had ever seen. You really had to see it to believe it. Hitching a ride being one of my favourite songs was met with a fantastic response and really did make my day. After that I really didnt want to wait around for Travis so after getting a message on my phone met up with yet more mates for a quick chat and a photo or 2 then cruised back to my tent to get mashed with Steve.(who laughed non stop for 3 hours). Saturday Waking up a lot later than Friday (and feeling a lot worse) we got up and went immediatly to the arena and caught the end of OPM who were ok I spose and then went to get some drinks in. After cruising around for a while catching Dislocated Styles, Voy (who were absolutely fantastic) and Lift to experience all of who were very good, we strolled back to the main stage to see Feeder. I had seen Feeder live on television before and to be honest they were crap. It was on The Priory and the perfomance seemed half hearted and they looked like they really couldnt be arsed, so I wasn't holding out much for them at Reading. Boy was I in for a surprise. From the moment they got on stage to the moment they left Feeder rocked. Quite simply rocked. Every song they played was fantastic and met with the kind of response you expect only Headliners to get. All the Fave songs were there as well as some great new ones I hadn't heard before. Brilliant. After that I didnt feel up to watching Supergrass as I'm not a big fan so went for another wander round the stalls. Met back up with my friends and ma
                de our way back to the front of the main stage for The Fun Loving Criminals who again didnt dissapoint. I once heard them refered to as the coolest band on the planet and after the perfomance that they gave its easy to see why. Another band that made me feel thankful to be a part of Reading 2001. Now anyone that visits the @Reading forums will know that I hate the Manics so after FLC I decided to have a look at Rocket from the crypt but unfortunately couldnt get anywhere near the tent so decided to call it a night and get mashed (again) which led to some very interesting conversations, including the line "I think ive just forgot 1983" and of course "whos had my sodding refreshers" Sunday After another extremely heavy night we all woke up to our worst fear.........Rain. well the beginnings of it anyway. Not that anyone seemed to be bothered, most people where having a hard enough job putting their shoes on never mind worrying about the weather. This was the day I was most looking forward to and boy, its a day I wont forget in hurry. After the obligotary hotdog and a couple of beers we made our way to the main arena for the first act. (well thats a lie....I was too mashed but I heard about it). Boy hits car were first on and im really gutted I missed them, but from what my mate told me they were superb, and from what I could hear from the tent they sounded fantastic. I managed to drag myself out of bed in time to catch Staind.This is a band that someone on @Reading had reccommended so I was looking forward to seeing them. Again another outstanding performance with a fantastic live performance of Its been awhile. This is a band I would definately like to see again. Next up were [Hed] PE. I'd never heard any of they're stuff so was interested to see what they were like and to be quite frank I didnt like them. They seemed to be permenantly naming other bands to get a cheer out of the crowd instead of just getting on with it.
                Having said that a lot of the people I was with loved them so I guess they cant be that bad. Next up Fear Factory. Not being a big lover of Fear factory I moved to the middle of the crowd and sat down. Big mistake. From the moment they came on stage to the moment they left they were excellant stage performers, even if they did forget where they were and sitting down was just not an option. I'm still not a great lover of their music but all credit to the way they worked the crowd. After getting a few more drinks down us we fought our way to the front and got ready for a band everyone couldnt wait to see. System of a down. Coming on stage with "I'm on Drugs" playing, looking absolutely mashed out of his face Daron Malakian started what was to be an unbelievable performance. Their energy on stage was nothing short of olympic and of course the music was second to none. Having got completely drenched through sweat and water (which seemed like it was all being chucked at just me) I decided to get a dry t-shirt from my tent and had a quick beer getting back to the main arena just in time for QOTSA. This was the only band over the weekend that I was dissapointed in. Even if the guitarist did play completely in the buff it didnt make up for the fact that it wa a mediocre performance. After QOTSA I met back up with Steve and we made our way to the middle of the crowd for Papa Roach as we thought we would be away from the mosh pit. Call me what you will but I was completely knackered and didnt fancy getting my brand new piercing torn out. Unfortunately it seemed everyone had the same Idea and no sooner had Papa Roach begun their electric set, when lo and behold, the biggest mosh pit ever opened up right in front of us and I was stood right in the middle. Steve had sensibly faught his way to the edge and was happily pushing me back in to the middle laughing his mohecaned little head off. With all this going on around me I couldnt help but think Papa Roach were
                great. When they finally played Last Resort it seemed like the whole arena was bouncing. Nice one guys. Then came the freak himself. Marilyn Manson. What to say about him except how did he do that stilt thing?. Great performance from a great entertainer. The stage show was fantastic and he played all the favourites (including my favourite Sweet Dreams). Then of course the final act. The one all the kiddy daytrippers had come to see. Mr controversial himself. Eminem. love him or hate him you can't help but admire the way he and D12 go about their live performancies. It was undoubtably the most extravagant of the whole weekend and really was very good. I was also impressed about the one minute silence he held for Aaliyah who was tragically killed in a plane crash on the Saturday, leaving most of us pretty shocked as we had no idea. I was however a little dissapointed in the Marilyn Manson effort.........Thought it could have been a little more than him just singing the chorus of Thats the way I am. Nevertheless an outstanding performance. And then it was all over. As quickly as it had all begun I was heading back to my tent for the last time. All that remained was one last night of gettin completely off our bonces and then the long drive back to the Midlands. But I'll say it again, what a weekend. I for one will be ordering my 2002 Reading ticket early.

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                  Reading Festival 2001 – Well I’ve finally written my opinion on the Reading Festival. I’ve tried to make it fairly comprehensive. Anyway, here goes..… - Venue Facilities - Camping - Stages - Bands - Tips for future festies ---------------------- -= VENUE FACILITIES =- ---------------------- - Food and Drink - Toilets - Market Stalls FOOD AND DRINK - Chips, burgers, Carling beer, coke, all incredibly expensive. What more can I say. Well a tad more than that. There are loads of food stalls, both in the actual music arena, in the little "village" just outside the arena entrance, and at several places within the campsite for late night snacks. So what do they offer? Well there is of course loads of burger stalls, offering beef, chicken and bacon butties. Places are also dotted around that offer things like noodles, chicken nuggets, etc. but its basically just the burgers I like sticking with. As for drinks there were several stalls selling "ICE Cold" drinks. That's if you believe ice is at room temperature. Can't really be helped though. The drinks on offer there were Coke, Diet Coke, Fanta, most popular soft drinks. There was a stall selling freshly pressed orange, and there is of course the Carling beer tent. You better like Carling if you're planning on drinking much inside the arena. There was a few free water points in the arena, near the toilets, basically buy a bottle of soft drink at some point in the morning, then just re-fill the bottle with the free water - Otherwise you're gonna be spending a lot... How much does this all set you back? A lot. Outside the arena it is slightly cheaper. You can pick up soft drinks for about £1.50 (for the bottle), a cuppa will set you back £1 (and don't expect regular skimmed milk), a burger from £2-£2.50. Generally inside the arena you can add 50p to those prices. Beer, I brough
                  t with me, so I didn't check the prices. I can only imagine...bring a crate or two with you... TOILETS - Vary in quality. Outside the arena there were several blocks of porta-loos throughout the campsite. They were alright on the first day, I even tried using one (being filmed by drunken lads at the time :-P). After the first day though they were pretty dire, I didn't try visiting them, but the smell walking past them was awful. When they were cleaning them its even worse. Outside the arena you can also use the bushes, easier if you're a bloke. If you're seriously considering using a toilet then try heading into town (there are some in the shopping centre, Macdonald’s, etc.), or head out in the other direction for Waitrose (they have one blokes toilet there). You can alternatively go swimming at the leisure centre. Swimming permits you to use the toilets (beware of the queues, deceptively long). The toilets inside the arena were a whole lot nicer, they had open-air urinals which was pretty weird, you and up peeing with someone facing you. The toilets though were in porta-cabin style, with flush toilets, and proper urinals as well. This was probably a better option than the porta-loos outside the arena, if you get really desperate. Try to go whilst someone is playing on the main stage, because when an act finishes the rush to the toilets is immense. MARKET STALLS - Selling everything from ear/nipple/god-knows-what rings, to posters, CD, herbal highs, jackets, T-shirts etc. They seemed fairly reasonable. Those outside the arena were slightly cheaper, there was an entire row of cool shops in the little "village" by the main entrance. One of the bargains were the army shirts for £2. When you got wet you can just buy another one, and it doesn't matter if it gets ripped up. It's the same price as a soft drink, so why not... If you're in the market for music T-Shirts then head into town, people
                  are selling cheap shirts for as little as £2-£3 along the road. Hoodies can be £10ish, and I picked up a bowling shirt for £10 too. Get there earlier in the day, as prices may rise because of falling stock. ------------- -= CAMPING =- ------------- Camping was a great experience. The campsite was massive. Divided across several fields, each with a colour name, the place was packed. Hardly any distance between the tents. It was a fantastic sight. The "roads" generally had some metal sheets down, so that the paths didn't get too muddy. Occasionally there were toilet blocks. Pretty damn smelly. Not particularly pleasant. There were also street lights around the place so that you could see where you were going. These however were pulled down by over-enthusiastic festival goers on the last night. It was an awesome sight to see, with the hazy smoke from campfires, people singing and dancing around with guitars and portable stereos. Sitting around your fire, chatting with friends, and random people, having a drink or two (or three...or..) We managed to camp in the “brown” field. It was a fair distance away from the arena, so you didn’t want to make the trip more than a few times in the day. We camped quite near the corner or the field, a short distance from the entrance. We were fairly away from the road, so we didn’t get many people passing through. We arranged all our tents in a circle, and had our camp-fire/rubbish pile in the middle. Be careful what you put on the pile – anything explosive is not a good idea. The only problem we had on the campsite was on the last night. People were in high spirits and the security people were getting frustrated. There were a few guards that went crazy, and started assaulting campers. I myself was shoved around a bit, and they nicked my glow-stick. I was just innocently walking along the road, so I hate to think what they did to
                  people causing a disturbance. You may get the impression that the disturbance was unwelcome, however it was just a lot of fun. I believe that the security guards were also trying to play-god, and boss people around. They practically incited a riot in our area from behaving the way they did. If I was Meanfiddler (organisers of the Reading weekend) then I would not use the same security company again. On a more positive note, there was a strong police presence there, but it was not intrusive, they were there to help out – There was also a reassuring number of firemen – As there were a few large fires to put out – But no one seemed to be in any danger. Overall camping is a must-do experience. I can say no more... ------------ -= STAGES =- ------------ There were several stages at the Reading event this year. They were: - Main Stage - Radio 1 Evening Session Stage - End Dance Stage (/Concrete Jungle Stage) - The Carling Stage - Play UK Comedy Tent I think that was pretty much the order of size; MAIN STAGE - Positioned at the far end of the arena, very large, two large "Reading" banners each side, with large video screens at either side so the crowd could see what was happening if they were further back. 100-150 metres back from the stage was a 3-levels tent, housing the spotlights, mixing equipment and disabled-persons viewpoint for the main stage. On the back of the tent was another large video screen, so no-one got stuck behind the tent with nowt to see. RADIO 1 STAGE - Quite a large tent, I heard the capacity was 8000 people, but I have no idea if that's true. It was quite easy to see in this tent, the sound quality was fairly good, and the tent shielded from the noise interference from other stages. END DANCE STAGE (/Concrete Jungle Stage) - The dance tent turned into the concrete jungle stage on the Saturday. The Concrete Jungle
                  stage having punk bands on. I only went into the Dance tent once, just for a laugh. It looked alright, slightly smaller than the Radio 1 stage. Not a lot of movement within though. CARLING STAGE - Tiny in comparison to the others, I guess 1000-2000ish people, but I could be wrong. This was great as if you got into the tent you could be quite close to the stage. I found though that if you were standing in the entrances then the view of the stage seemed to be obscured by the speakers, especially from the main entrance side. Still, a great tent, with some great bands. COMEDY TENT - Quite a cool tent, went in there once too relax. Mostly people sitting down enjoying themselves, a welcome addition to the festival. A great alternative to music if there was nothing playing that you liked. ----------- -= BANDS =- ----------- At first I was a bit sceptical of this years Reading Festival line-up. It didn't look like anything special compared to last years, however, the entire event was well put together - I got to see all that I wanted to see. I won't write out the full line-up here, just the bands that I saw: FRIDAY 24th - Crackout - Lofidelity Allstars - Run DMC - (Eels & Iggy); Just a small amount of their sets; - American Hi-Fi - PJ harvey - Green Day - Travis SATURDAY 25th - OPM - Rancid - Feeder - Supergrass - Lost Prophets - Backyard Babies SUNDAY 26th - Staind - (hed) PE - Fear Factory - Alien Ant Farm - The Cult - Papa Roach - Marilyn Manson - Eminem -FRIDAY 24th- I know, I missed several other bands that people will tell me are quality acts (QOTSA, SOAD, etc), but eating/sleeping/toilet commitments hindered me on these occasions, but I was very happy with the flow of the days. And now, this is gonna be a long op, a few comments on each band...(in the above order,
                  feel free to skip those that you aren't interested in); CRACKOUT - The first band I saw at the festival. I had no idea who they were, and I still don't. Crackout were playing at the Evening session stage, so I went over when taking a look around the arena, and decided to get into the mosh pit with a few mates - to get into the spirit of things. They were quite good, simple guitar band. LOFIDELITY ALLSTARS - After taking a look around after CRACKOUT we wondered down to the main stage. Lo-Fi.A. were on stage, it wasn't the sort of music that I'm into (or used to seeing live). It seemed to be basic melodic keyboards, fairly laid-back. So I lay down in the sun and chilled for their entire set. Quite relaxing really. A great atmosphere. RUN DMC - me? watching RUN DMC? kings of hip-hop? Yep, i guess I did, and dya know what...I enjoyed it. It wasn't really a "musical" experience, more of a "rap lifestyle" experience. I got right up to the front, which was fairly easy at this time of day, even on the main-stage. The DJ (I forget what he calls himself) came out onto stage and started getting the crowd hyped-up. He basically yelled for a while, biggin' up RUN and DMC. Well eventually RUN/DMC came out onto stage, and stood there for quite a while soaking up the appreciation - Once on the mike though....they continued to introduce themselves, big each other up (notice my use of street-talk). They reeled off a couple of hits that I recognised, "Walk this Way", "Tricky" and "Its like that". Then spent the rest of the set signing their t-shirts and giving them to crowd members. My lasting impression of RUN DMC was they spent more time talking about themselves than rapping. Although, when they did rap, I moshed, along with most of the other rock-fans in the crowd, we were all out just to have a good time. (EELS and IGGY) I do remember seeing parts of the sets from the EELS
                  and IGGY, but they were both interrupted by my quest for some food, toilets and the AMERICAN Hi-FI set. The EELS seemed good, doing a cover of Missy E.'s "Get Ya Freak On", and IGGY was very good as well - I remember thinking "ahhh, so he DOES look and behave like that in real life". AMERICAN HI-FI - Being familiar with their single "Flavour of the Weak" I decided I liked the sound and image of AMERICAN HI-FI, and to take a look. It was well worth it. We all packed into the small Carling stage, and as soon as the band started the moshing went crazy. The music sounded very good, and although I only knew the one track, I really enjoyed their set. Their album has been added to my "list o' things to consider buying". At the end the tent emptied, I stayed for a minute, quite tired, and managed to find myself an AMERICAN HI-FI guitar pick. A great momento of a good set. PJ HARVEY - Yet another group/woman/musical experience that I was unfamiliar with...I don't listen to the charts (are they in the charts???). It was basically just night music, she was fairly scantily clad, good voice, I enjoyed it, but it went on way too long - I was desperate to see the fantastic GREEN DAY. This is the sort of band that I could enjoy, if no one really special was playing after them... GREEN DAY - Wow. What a great experience. I love GREEN DAY, I have seen them before at Wembley Arena, although I was in the "seated" bit for that event. They came on and started rippin’ through the classic tunes. The mosh pit was fairly crazy, but it settled down a bit, with a good crowd, you felt safe. The only complaint that I heard about the GREEN DAY set was that it was too short, and they spent half their time getting the crowd chanting "waaaayyyyoooo, hoooaaaahhhH!" etc. They also got three people up to for a "middle support-act". This was all funny, and would have fitted in at any headl
                  ined GREEN DAY gig, however, time was short, and we wanted to hear the music! The only other nag was they didn't play "Time of your Life" at all. Really though, this didn't detract from the great time that I had, simply wonderful. The most beautiful moment of their set, and maybe of Reading 2001, came at the last track, "Macey's Day Parade". This is a slow acoustic number. Tre (Drums) and Mike (Bass) had knocked over the drum-kit, set it alight, and stuck the bass guitar in the middle (it looked very good). Then came Billie Joe, playing this mellow acoustic number, with the flames in the background, leaning over his mic. It was truly superb. *sniff* TRAVIS - By the time GREEN DAY had finished I'd lost most of my friends, found them, moshed, then lost them again. I wondered about for a while, lost, searching, but with no luck. I found later that all of my friends had the same experience at being alone for TRAVIS. A few of them had tried to see ASH, but the Radio 1 tent was packed out, and they couldn't get a decent view, so they came back. I had previously seen ASH, so was following my rule of seeing bands that I hadn't seen before if there was any clashes. I sat down for the first part of TRAVIS, got up and swayed with the crowd for the second half. It was quite a good set, enjoyable, bringing out my Scottish pride. My highlight of the set was maybe "Slide" as i really like the song, one of the best songs around in my world at the moment (when it comes to acoustic-based Scottish bands). A good end to a great first day. -SATURDAY 25th- OPM - hahahaha. What more can I say. I'm no real fan of this band. I think their music is pretty dire. Yes I did sing to "heaven is a half-pipe", no I didn't think it was good. RANCID - My friends all wanted to relax in the Comedy tent for a few hours before the bands they wanted to see came on. I was quite intere
                  sted in RANCID, even though I am unfamiliar with most of their music. I sat on the railings outside the Comedy tent, and watched RANCID from a-far. They were quite good, although at that distance the sound quality wasn't great. FEEDER - I like FEEDER, I had listened to their album "Echo Park", and knew their singles well. Since that time I have also bought one of their older albums. I enjoyed their set, stayed fairly much away from the front though. Well worth a look. SUPERGRASS - Were a band that I have always wanted to see. Even though I have never owned, always borrowed, their albums I knew all of the songs on their set. It was a great experience, they played almost all the songs the crowd wanted to hear, with the notable exception of "Alright". I managed to lost my friends during this set. Oh well, it was worth it, a great show. I'd see them again given the chance. I came out of the pit soaking, I was in the direct fire line of the water being chucked into the crowd. I went to the clothing stalls and bought another £1.99 army shirt, they're great, cheap, and you don't care if they get ripped up... LOST PROPHETS - I copied this album from a friend (cheers Dave!) shortly before Reading. They are quickly becoming a popular band in the UK. I wanted to check them out for that reason, and because they were before BACKYARD BABIES, a superb rock band. The Prophets replaced BUCKCHERRY on the line-up, which I was fairly disappointed about, because Buckcherry rock. I wasn't disappointed with the Prophets' set though. It was great. Live, they are fantastic. There was SO much atmosphere. They were playing on the Carling stage, which was grossly under-sized for them. The tent was full, and there was at least another tent-load of people outside trying to get a glimpse. I climbed up the railings on the disabled ramp at the side, and clung onto the roof of the tent. I was joined by a large crowd of people, so
                  even if I had fallen, I would have been cushioned. When the Prophets came on the place exploded. It was an amazing sight seeing so many people jumping in such a small space. They played a great set, shortly interrupted by two male streakers. Near to the end security chucked me off of the railings, due to safety precautions. I got a cuppa from the food/drink stall just by the tent, and drank it listening to their set. I finished it just before the last song "Shinobi Vs. Dragonninja". I jumped straight into the tent and moshed, great! I have since seen them again, and really enjoyed that gig too. BACKYARD BABIES - I have seen this band before, and having no love for the MANICS I decided it was well worth seeing them again, missing ROCKET FROM THE CRYPT though. I was glad to see the BABIES. Everyone left after the PROPHETS, so I got within one person of the front, but was as good as there, because they were shorter than me. I was very excited about this gig, as the music is fantastic. I was not let down, they stormed through a great set, most of the songs from their new album "Making Enemies is Good". If they play anywhere near me again then I'll be there. I'd recommend anyone to check their music out...Great end to another great day. -SUNDAY 26th- STAIND - Band of the moment for many people. After the duet with Mr Fred Durst interest was sparked in this band, a kind of mature nu-metal sounding music. The set was quite good, a good start to the day. They played "Outside" acoustic, which I was glad to see. (HED) PE - I didn't manage to catch all of the (hed) PE set, I was away getting food and swimming, because I was sore, tired and needed relaxing. What I did hear was pretty cool though. I'll have to catch them sometime else. FEAR FACTORY - Not really my thing at all. I don't really like FEAR FACTORY, heavy nu-metal that takes itself too seriously. I stayed for their set tho
                  ugh, it wasn't that bad, but then it wasn't really a highlight for me. ALIEN ANT FARM - Quite a new band on the music scene, so I thought I'd give them a go. Luckily I was browsing the market stalls about 30 minutes before their set was due to start, and suddenly I heard "and now....ALIEN ANT FARM!". I rushed to the tent, and they had indeed started early. I managed to scramble (politely) to the edge of the mosh pit, which I joined on occasions. There are only three songs from their album that I liked/wanted to hear. Those are "Courage", "Movies" and "Smooth Criminal". They opened with "Courage", during which I was trying to get to the front, so I didn't have enough time to appreciate it. They played "Movies" and "Smooth Criminal" near the end, the crowd went wild, it was fairly good. I did feel however that the lead singers "crazyness" was a tad made-up and put-on, which was illustrated when he got really narky with the crowd for throwing stuff. Oh well, can't be helped. It was a nightmare trying to get out the tent though, thousands of people shuffling along, slower than, well a very slow thing. THE CULT - A band that I really wanted to see, but knew little of their music. Why is this? Well Matt Sorum, the CULTS' drummer was the drummer for GUNS N' ROSES for several of their albums. Being the big GnR fan that I am, I wanted to check them out. Luckily the ALIEN ANT FARM set started early, or I would not have seen the full set. The crowd seemed to be mainly composed of the older generation of rockers etc. it was great though, the guitars were superb, drumming exact, a great overall experience, and the only British band to play the main stage that day. I really enjoyed the CULT, and would see them again. Mosh pitting, even circle/fight pitting with 30-40 year olds was funny. Glad to see a few young people (like myself) getting into it. PAPA ROACH - I'm in two minds about these guys. I'd seen them before at Brixton Academy. They were quite good there. Although recently they are beginning to fade in my estimation. It was a reasonable set, not the best there that day. The songs were good, the moshing alright. Coby, the lead "singer" spent most of his time on the floor and in the crowd. It was fairly funny, but wore thin after a while. Also, I noticed particularly with PAPA ROACH, and other American bands, they kept on telling us how beautiful we were, how much potential we had, and how much they loved us....Strange, how beautiful can a crowd of thousands of smelly, dirty, sweaty people be??? Also, a note to the PAPA ROACH sound technicians, the distortion on the guitars has an annoying high-pitched squeal to it. Guitars should roooaaaaAARRrr! not squuuueEEEEaal! MARILYN MANSON - I didn't manage to catch all of the MARILYN MANSON set. This was due to extreme tiredness and hunger. I went outside the arena and got some chips and a burger, then I went into the fairly empty Carling tent, to lie down and listen to the relaxing indie sounds of Clearlake. The singer even commented how no-one was in any of the tents, they were all watching the main stage. After about 10 minutes I'd eaten up, and was feeling a whole lot better, more up for listening to heavy music. I walked over (with a friend) to in front of the main stage, we stayed close to the back though and appreciated from a-far. I'm glad that I saw most of the set, I even timed it well to see the songs that I wanted to hear.. It was a pretty amazing stage show, incredible effects, combined with great music. I'm no MARILYN MANSON fan, but this was by far the best stage show, with props, fireworks etc. It was an awesome feast for the eye... EMINEM (feat. D12) - I'm no rap fan, and was disappointed that the festival would end on an act that wasn't a great classic rock band. I would prefer
                  to see an act like Metallica, or the like there. Someone with a large back-catalogue of songs, someone who can pummel out hair raising guitar sounds. I managed to meet up with some of my younger brothers mates, and we all sat down for Eminem, we were fairly tired from the days events. Hundreds of people were sitting down behind the main video screen behind the tent housing the spotlights for the main stage. People even threw bottles at the people who refused to sit down, they eventually did. The set wasn't bad, but MARILYN MANSON was a hard act to follow. D12 came out, and weren't great. Eminem came out, to a big cheer, and did several of his famous songs. He managed to chop the ends out of several, including "Stan", to which I think the last bit is the best. There was a cartoon video in the middle of the show, showing Eminem in a "South Park" style role. It was funny, but I didn't really get why they did that... MARILYN MANSON came out during "The Way I Am" (or whatever its called) to join in on the chorus. It was funny seeing the dominating tall, goth figure of MARILYN tower over the shorter, urban-styled EMINEM. It got a cheer though. One of the worst bits that was in the show was were EMINEM did a "pill poppin' act", which went something like "look em, MARILYN just gave me some e's. Dya want one?....Yeah sure....lets get the crowd to chat 'pop the pill'". Pathetic. Very Pathetic. After a dedication and a short silence to commemorate the passing away of the great RnB singer Aaliyah the set continued. They finished with "Purple Pills", the album version of their current single "Purple Hills". It was quite good, and those who were seated got up and danced (that funny lil' dance they all do in the video). An alright end to a great festie. ---------- -= Tips =- ---------- Well, to summarise my opinion here is a run down of the tips I'd g
                  ive to future festie goers: - Choose your campsite carefully. Don't go near the toilets, they stink. If you camp too near a hedge then expect a traffic of people peeing during the night. - bring some crates of beer with you - Its expensive to buy from official places, though you can get it from "street traders" - Do not tip the toilets over, and if you decide that you HAVE TO then leave it until the last night - Take some large water containers, queues for water can get lengthy - get some sleep before hand - don't expect to change your clothes often, but take spares in case you get soaked - take cheap clothing, shirts are good as you can open them to cool down, or tie them around your waist - shaving is not gonna happen - brushing teeth is a good idea - bring a cheap tent - don't place gas canisters in the fire (don't ask) - bring some sun cream (just light, spray on protection), bring after sun too. - did I mention beer? - bring money, try to chain your wallet to yourself, or keep it stored in a zip pocket - be sociable - give your beer to young Scottish lads called Jamie! ---------- Hopefully that covers it all. That weekend was probably one of the best ones I've ever had. It was great to see the bands, and to be camping with my friends. On the whole I think it is worth the £85ish I paid for my ticket. You only live once, and it's experiences like this that you remember. My fingers are sore from typing. If anyone has any Reading experience they want to share then feel free to comment. Enjoy, i did... Jamie

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                    • "You may catch the ''i need to go to reading next year'' ilness when u get back."

                    Reading 2001... Situated in a muddy field, thousands of people make their way down to reading. They pitch their tents and make themselfs feel at home. This year when the first line up was announced it looked pretty crap but as time went on more bands signed up and in ended up being a 'well worth ya money' experience. Opening time are as follows: Friday - Arena opens 12 noon Saturday - Arena opens 11am Sunday - Arena opens 11am With appearences such as The Manics, Greenday, Feeder, Mogwai, My Vitriol and many other top quality band these looked like three days not to be missed although last years line up was so much better (Rage Agaisnt The Machine...last ever gig...last year) :-( and i missed it !!! The reading atmosphere is absolutly brilliant, you get the occasional bottle thowing contests where people start launching bottles everywhere, the old croud surfers and moshpits etc. etc. etc. The list goes on. At reading there are many stall dotted arround the place, some selling very cool novelty bongs, lighters and general usless pieces of junk that no-one in particular would ever buy. Make sure you get a good bunch of mates who you know like the style of music...and most of all make sure they dont moan! Reading is a tough weekend but enjoyed by everyone unless you break a leg or somthing...but there are stories of people breaking bones and getting admitted VIP backstage passes...whether this is true i am still yet to find out...doesnt sound it to me though! There were four basic places to hang out where there was always action: The Main Stage: Most of the large bands play here with some exceptions. Usally this stage is most exciting in the evening. Noticable from everywhere in the arena apart from places like inside the toilets or crouched down behind some food stall. The Dance Tent: Usally comes alive in the evning when everyone is in for a bit of chilled out dance music. Also this y
                    ear Gary Numan played here...yes, i know...wierd! The Evening Session Stage: Some large bands do play here but it is generally the none heard of bands. Probably my favourite stage because the atmosphere here is great (apart form thr main stage of course) The Carling Stage: The smallest of band that are on the reading bill play here. I have friends that have played here and they tell me it is a very good experience. Bands are usally unsigned and they use this opputinity to hitch a record deal. A great stage for the bands because they thourghly enjoy playing at such a large venue. Imagine being able to say... 'i've played at reading' ! The Toilets...lol...everyone makes them out to be real bad. Ok, so there not the nicest of places to be but ive seen worse and anyway if your deperate for the toilet, trust me, u'll visit it then. Best Act of Reading 2001: Most people at this stage if they were faced with this question would just pick their favourite band; but not me. The Manics are no way my favourite band and i wasnt even planning on watching them but i decided to when everyone said they were going...let me tell you they were truly on fire. The second day was the best because i love punk and there was a special satge called 'the concrete jungle stage'. This was dedicated to punk including acts from Reel Big Fish, Rocket From the Crypt, Good Ridance, Snuff, Mad Caddies, 28 Days, Dropkick Murphys, Ignite, Snapcase, Capdown, Save Ferris, Linea 77, Kids Near Water. The best act on this stage in my oppinion was the band Capdown, but then this could be because ive seen them before. They are a band from Milton Keynes. In Milton Keynes there is a venue called the pitz which loads of people go to every friday night...very fun. Capdown make quite alot of appearences there and alot of people including me have seen them go from small to big...(from rags to reading you could say)...so seeing them play at reaidng was fantastic.
                    The Bands that played at reading were: Alien Ant Farm Amen American Hi-Fi Andy Votel Anyone Arab Strap ASH Andy Robinson Backyard Babies Backyard Dog Ben Onono Biffy Clyro Big Dog Boy Hits Car Bridge and Tunnel Bright Eyes BS2000 Ben Norris Brendon Burns Capdown Cat Power Clearlake Cooper Temple Clause Cosmic Rough Riders Crackout Cult Cyderdelic David Kitt Defenestration Delinquent Habits Dirty Harry Dislocated Styles Dropkick Murphys D12 DJ Erol DJ Dee Kline David Haddingham Eels Elbow Electrelane Eminem Evan Dando Easyworld Fear Factory Feeder Folk Implosion Frank Black and the Catholics Freestylers Fun Lovin’ Criminals Fuzz Light Years Gary Numan Gay Dad Gene Gloss Godhead Goldrush Good Riddance Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci Grand Theft Audio Green Day Green Velvet Grooverider Guided By Voices Glen Wool Gavin Webster Hamel on Trial Haven Hed Pe Hefner Hell is for Heroes Hopewell Hundred Reasons Hugh Lennon I am Kloot Iggy Pop Ignite Ikara Colt Infinite Mass Ian Moore Ian Cognito Jeff Green JoJo Smith John Bishop Kids Near Water King Adora Kosheen Terry Alderton Ladytron Lift to Experience Linea 77 Little Hell Lo Fidelity Allstars Lowgold Living End Lost Prophets Mad Caddies Marilyn Manson Mark B and Blade Mercury Rev Mo Solid Gold Mogwai Moldy Peaches Mouse On Mars Mower Mull Historical Society Murder City Devils My Vitriol Manic Street Preachers Marcus Brigstocke Mitch Benn Nebula OPM Oxide & Neutrino Original Bedroom Rockers P J Harvey Papa Roach Pepe Deluxe Proud Mary Publi
                    c Domain Posies Paul Tonkinson Phil Kay Queens of the Stone Age Rancid Reel Big Fish Regular Fries Richard Hawley Rocket From The Crypt Roots Manuva Run DMC Ross Noble Ritchie Hawtin Rick Right Roger Monkhouse Rex Boyd Save Ferris Seafood Skinny Shelter Snuff So Solid Crew Soft Parade South Spek Staind Stephen Malkmus Supergrass System of a Down The Strokes Sean Lock Smiley Stu Who? Steve Gribbin Steve Harris Simon tully Sonny Mann 28 days Trail Of The Dead The Donna's Tahiti 80 Teenage Fanclub Terris Thirteen:13 Travis The Parkinsons The Pattern Terry Cole Ugly Duckling Vex Red Voy Wookie Weapons Of Sound Xposure Zephyrs Now, you dont get the chance to see that many bands for £80, its a hell of a gig, and definatly worth the money you pay for. I now cant wait for next year. + dont ruin it for everyone else by: jumping fences (so it gets closed) taking drugs taking weaponry etc. stuff like that because this really can ruin it for other people. Reading is generall a really cool place, stories about slashed tents and people getting crushed are usally fake but it can happen. Reading costed £80 this year, this included a camping and parking. Remeber to take spending money because you need to buy food and drink. Drinks are very expensive but vital. Now..go out and buy a notice board and get a list of things to do...write at the top...buy tickets for reading festival 2002! DONT MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.

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                      29.08.2001 21:37
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                      well what can i say other than this was absolutly brilleant the best weekend of my life, you have got a large selection of the best bands around, loads of crazy people up for a good time. Weekend tickets this year where £80 which i thought was a damn good deal alought when you get there the price of drinks and food shocks you as drinks where £2 and a tray of chips where £2 so if you go for the weekend you will more than likely be spending around £50 on food and drink!(so it is advisable to take some of you own food with you) A bit of advice to anybody going for the weekend would be to go on the thursday so you don't end up in the overflow car park which is about 30 minute walk from the arena entry which is real bad! Any way the headliners this year where Travis,The manic street preachers and EMIN3N. When i originally saw the line up i was a bit dissapointed as i am not a real fan of travis and the manic street preachers alough when you get there you realise that there are a variety of different tents offering different styles of music so on the friday when Travis was on i sopent that night dancing the night away in the End dance tent which i must say was an amazing experiance!So there is 'nt just one type of music at reading there is a wide range Dance,Rock,Alternate,hip-hop...Trust me you won't be bored for a second there! The stages: The Main Stage-This is the biggest of the stages and you will notice this stage as soon as you enter the arena, this stage features all of the well known bands and some smaller acts in the daytime. The End Dance Tent-This tent is where you will find all the dance line up it is a fairly big tent alough it needs to be bigger as you have a few thousend people trying to squeeze in alough there is an awesome time to be had in this tent! The Evening Session Stage-This is where you will find all the lesser recogised bands and bands who are on the up definitly wort
                      h a visit! The Carling Stage-This is where you will find the unsigned bands who are very good prospects and will make it big in the future! There is also stalls all around the arena and there is even a special little market section in a corner of the arena which sells t-shirts food and all handy stuff even legal herbal highs can be brought here! If you can you want to go in a group of you as the more the better well thats what i found anyway as i went with one person and met up with load of different people throughout the weekend so no worries if you cannot go in a group as you will meet up with other people who are up for a great time! This has to have been the greatest time i have had for a long time as the experiance is amazing the huge amounts of people going crazy not giving a damn about anything else other than enjoying them selves, the huge amount of noise created is really sensational i have to say to anybody thinking of going-GO!!! READING 2001 WAS TRUELY AMAZING!!!!

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                      • "ques to get there if you go thursday"

                      .......and I couldn'd have made a better decision! This weekend has been AMAZING! There is a huge selection of bands and it is amazing just how many people are there. It is shocking just how many people you can see, people as far as the eye can see! To go for the whole festival (3 days) you will be looking at spending 80 pounds on the tickets and gotting on 50-60 pounds on food and t-shirts etc... Anyway, Reading (and Leeds as it is the same festival just in Leeds) is basically a rock festival however it has incorperated dance music for the first time this year. Also there is rap music on offer. Headlining this year was Eminem. Headlining on Saturday was the Manics and on Friday Travis. Some other great names there were Green Day, Run DMC, Fun lovin' cruminals, supergrass, feeder, rancid, OPM, Public Domain, Marylin Manson, Papa Roach, Queens, The Cult, System of the Down, (Hed) PE, Staind and LOADS AND LOADS more! If you want to go to a concert, forget it, GO TO READING! It is stunning! SOME USEFUL INFO: -Programms cost 6 quid however they come with a little book to put round your neck which has all the times that the bands are playing. THIS (as you will realise) IS VITALLY IMPORTANT TO KNOW! -Cold drinks cost quite alot but they are also very important if it is warm. You'll realise this too. -Get to the camp site (if your camping) as soon as possible (Thursday evening if you can) as I turned up Friday morning and had a 25 minute walk to my tent. -LEAVE ALL VALUABLES UNDER A SEAT OR IN A GLOVE COMPARTMENT OF A CAR! -Dont try to padlock your tent or anything cause it'll get slashed if people want to get in. -Go in a group of people or if you cant, go with someone who is up for a laugh as you do sometimes have to wait and you need someone to talk to etc.... plus - its more fun! -Reading is better then Leeds. -Take as much food and drink as you can cause you
                      'll get ripped off on site. -Be prepared to get squashed and very wet if you go to the front! Its more fun there although you usually cant see as much. -HAVE FUN! Hope this is useful to anyone who wants to go next year. I definitey do and after this year - ive learnt quite alot. This is some of the stuff I've learned and am going to do next year. THANKS FOR READING MY READING REPORT... hmmm... reading a Reading report... strange.... reading...Reading...reading...Reading.. sorry.! hehe

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                        Having lived in Reading all my life, this festival is something I’ve tended to grow up with. At first it was the time of year when loads of noisy, smelly people suddenly invaded my hometown. As I grew older and I became more interested in music, the festival became my own backyard concert, albeit with one or two ‘friends’ invited along for the atmosphere. I first went to the festival, I think, around in 1990 where I saw The Inspiral Carpets, James and Blur. I just remember there were hundreds kids mooching around with bowl-head haircuts, wearing huge flares. The music was good too. I saw Nirvana in 1992, I seem to remember it rained a lot that year. I didn’t bother for the next couple of years, but I did get to see James (again), Marilyn Manson (yuk), Sterophonics, New Order, but they all seem to merge into one indefinable year. It’s not just the bands I love; it’s the whole experience. I love it at night when your camping out and the whole place is thick with campfire smoke. It’s like some medieval battle camp. Reading is also the first place I can remember the whole ‘Brian’ thing taking off. I was sat around the fire one night about 6 or 76 years ago, oblivious to the crazy sounds echoing around us (it always seems so huge in the nigh time) when suddenly a guy came charging past our tent being chased by about 40 other people, all screaming ‘BRIAN!’ at him (just like the film Life of Brian). It was hilarious! They must have chased him for hours. In the end he was begging them to leave him alone, but they wouldn’t. Til’ this day, I’ve noticed the cries of ‘BRIAN!’ still ricochet about the campsite, but never the chase Sometimes it’s great to just wander about at night watching al the loony people do mad things. About 5 years ago I saw three guys sitting in the stream, dirty water up their waits, banging on the metal bridge as peo
                        ple walking over it, screamin, ‘Whose that clip-clippity-clopping over my bridge’. Totally bonkers. There are also loads of things to do as well as watch bands and comedians. You can do a bungee jump, go shop in the market stalls or gorge yourself on all the tasty food. There's every kind of culinary treat: noodles, curry, vegetarian - the lot and it's all pretty cheap - about £3.50 a dish. This year was another great line-up but I failed to take advantage of it. Silly me! I started off well, getting down early on Friday morning, pitch the tent (avoiding the marshes by the water taps and the smelly bushes!) blow up the air mattress – realise it’s too big to fit in my tent, let it down – put the deflated mattress in my tent, blow it up again (that’s better) and flop down exhausted already from my exertions. OK, to my right is a big party of what looks like school kids. They will eventually mutate over the weekend into a bunch of e’d up, glo stick waving, happy hardcore enthusiasts intent in getting NO sleep what-so-ever and keeping me awake grrrr. And to my left are… more school kids one of whom will drink too much, start crying and be sick all over one of the tent pegs… but more of that later. First up, beer tent (burp!) for a few cool ones in the sunshine while I wait for the band of the festival; The Strokes. Throbbing punk rock, the Velvet Underground without violins, pure sex-music! They even got moved from the little stage to the main stage! Rock and roll old skool, I loved them – worth every letter of hype an all those magazines. After some more afternoon beers and a shimmy in the ever-so-funky Bacardi Bar, I cruised back to The Main stage to check out Iggy Pop – far too metal these days, PJ Harvey – tres glamorous, a smidgeon of Evan Dando playing all the Lemonhead favs and then back for Travis – the highlight of weekend. Franny sporting a d
                        aft red mohican, all the classics from the First two albums (Good Feeling and The Man Who) and some new stuff from their latest, The Invisible Band and best of all a version of Mott The Hoople’s ‘All The Young Dudes’ (was that written by Bowie?) sang by the guitarist, Dougie (I think?). After all that singing and dancing, it was off to the comedy tent for some late night entertainment – very poor comedy, break-dancing and a scary lady who stuck nails up her nose - and then off to the tent for a drunken sleep. Very tired on Saturday, because I got no sleep due to the ravers next door. ‘Not to worry’, I thought to myself, ‘that’s what festivals are all about’. The Saturday was pretty much the same as the day before – afternoon beers lazing on the grass, listing to bands I’d never heard of until something I recognised came on. First up, Elbow who were amazing; very Pink Floyd-ish with some great melodies – think I’ll try and see them again. Then it was off to the main stage for Supergrass, Fun Loving Criminals and finally The Manic Street Preachers. Highlight of the day? The Manics covering ‘Easy’ by Guns N Roses; kick ass! Back at the tent no sleep again due to puking on the tent by a silly girl who’d drunk too much and really bad happy hardcore played really loud – all night. I awoke to rain on Sunday. I checked the line-up decided I could live without seeing Stone Temple Pilots and Eminem (seen him twice before anyway), so with my tail between my legs, I headed home. After a nice shower, Sunday lunch clean sheets and an afternoon snooze I felt much better. I even considered popping down to see Eminem. Instead, I put on my wolly jumper, made a cup of tea and sat in the drive way listening to it instead. Perfect! Maybe I’m getting old, but this year my Reading festival was just fine- two days long!

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                          For any of you who have looked at my profile you will notice that I am from Reading therefore I have a great experience of the festival even though I have only been going for the last 4 years. Last years festival was superb for all sorts of reasons and I will be going to this years and will try to do a review for everybody afterwards. But if you're not going then I will have to try and convince you now of why you should go. Firstly there are some great bands playing. Secondly there are lots of drunk people out for a good time and you can end up making some good friends over the week-end (or sharing a tent with a complete stranger because everyone has damn 'Eurohike' tents that all look the same at 1am!). Thirdly there is always something hilarious going on...1999 you had Keith Rowland from Dexty's Midnight Runners wearing corset, suspenders, fishnet tights and high heels prancing around singing whilst trying to have sex with 2 scantily clad dancers at 3pm! Last year you had the 2 annoying little American girls who sang 'ooh stick you, yer momma too, who's yer daddy?!' (can't remember their names!) getting pelted with absolutely anything people could throw (I actually felt sorry for them!) and on the last night about 12 porta-loos were set alight. That was quite entertaining as all the chemicals and other c**p in them burnt for a couple of hours and caused the fire brigade no end of problems when the telegraph poles caught alight as well! My tent was about 30 metres from this event and I did the same as everyone- just stood there drunk and stoned with my mates watching the nice pretty fire! As to the music there were some damn good bands on but my personal favourates were Blink182 and Beck, neither of whom I'd ever listenend to much but they were both superb live acts who responded with the crowd and got them involved in their music.Lastly there was TOM JONES! (If I was a female then...WAHEY!) Well that will do
                          for now if you're not convinced that the festival is highly entertaining then you never will be. For those of you who are going you will find me in the middle of the crowd bouncing up and down to everything, for those of you who aren't I really think that you should!Check back at the end of the month for my review of the men wearing ladies underwear and the bloke with the chainsaw!

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