Reading Festival 2017

By Char Shields - August 28, 2017

I spent this bank holiday weekend at Reading Festival and it was pretty amazing... apart from the fact that I am now laying in bed feeling sorry for myself instead of enjoying the sun whilst it lasts because I have heat stroke and a very painful sunburn (ALWAYS wear sun scream, it's not worth the pain or the danger you put yourself in).

This was my first ever camping festival, and I usually hate camping but I really enjoyed it. It was nothing like I have ever seen before. I got to see some amazing bands such as Pvris, You Me At Six and Queens of the Stone Age who did a surprise set. I found a new love for Bastille and I discovered some new bands and songs. Deap Valley and Judas are two new bands that stuck out for me.

Frank Carter and the Rattlesnakes were my favourite performance of the weekend. The energy was incredible and there were some wicked mosh pits (although I never get to go in any because I'm claustrophobic, so I just stand at the sides and watch everyone else enjoy them). Frank Carter's connection with the audience was amazing and I can't wait to see them again in December. I also loved belting out the lyrics to I Hate You...

And I wish you would die. It makes me violently angry when I see you alive!

I also have so much respect for Frank Carter with his speech he gave about sexual harassment at festivals. Festivals and gigs should be a safe space for women and women should be able to have fun without the fear of being assaulted. We are sick of the disrespect and harassment. I have the utmost respect for everyone who is standing up against this.

I also got to see a bit of Eminem's performance and I very much enjoyed it when he got us all to chant "f*ck Donald Trump". That was definitely the highlight of my weekend. I also managed to see the "daredevil" who climbed up to the top of the speaker tower... at least he got a good view. 

However, like many others, I left the performance early because you couldn't actually hear Eminem thanks to Reading's awful speakers and sound systems. At least I got to go see While She Sleeps who were also headlining on Saturday, but Reading really need to sort their sound quality out.

The sound also messed up at You Me At Six's performance. Hat's off to them for carrying on and performing Loverboy without any instruments. It sounded beautiful, the crowd were all singing along and the atmosphere was amazing. 

There were some downsides to Reading Festival and unfortunately we had to miss Sunday. However, overall I did really enjoy it. The weather was beautiful, the festival food was great and I loved plastering my face in glitter (shout out to the girl who gave me extra glitter on my face and shoulders). I would say that Friday was definitely my favourite day.

Thanks for reading!

Until the next time,


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