Reading And Leeds Festival – Interesting, Very Interesting

Regular readers will know that I went to last years Reading festival and I wasn’t overly impressed.  It was too crowded, too manic and too full of youngsters.  My son enjoyed it but despite finding some great bands on the smaller stages I wasn’t thrilled.

My son is desperate to go again this year needless to say I am not thrilled about the idea but I am willing to go if I am working (blogging and taking pictures).  As a result I have been watching line-up announcements as they have been coming in.

Earlier this week the festival announced that one of the headliners was to be Mumford and Sons.  Now it must be said that Mumford and sons are very much a marmite band at the best of times.  There is no in-between with them, people love them or hate them.  Me, I love them but…

Even as someone who loves the band I really can’t imagine them playing at Reading.  To say the reaction to the announcement was somewhat mixed would be an understatement.

Now its not like Reading and Leeds organisers have sat down and said, “lets book Mumford and Sons, everyone will love them.”  That said I fear that this could signal a return to the bad old days at Reading where bands where chased of the stage in a barrage of bottles and campsites were turned into a bonfire.

With Metallica the other announced headliner it doesn’t look like what the majority of the Reading crowd would normally be attracted to.  Time will tell 🙂

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Hi, I am Alan. I live in Broadstone, Dorset with my wife, Shirley, my son, Ryan and two dogs called Bailey and Jasper. I have recently retired after working in the Armed Forces and in Public Service since 1977 so I now have a bit more time to do the things I love. Music is a huge part of my life and always has been. I have a broad taste in music and can find something to enjoy in most styles of music. I have always been attracted to music which has something to say, is outside the mainstream and is perhaps a bit rebellious. I guess my early influences were late 1970's Punk and new wave bands, especially those who came out of Northern Ireland where I grew up. I loved Stiff Little Fingers, The Undertones, Rudi, Starjets etc but also bands like The Ramones, The Clash, The Jam and so on. I like singer songwriters including Van Morrison, Springsteen, Neil Young & Bob Dylan and in recent years I have become more interested in folk and acoustic music but I also love the sort of high drive energetic Folk/Punk music delivered by bands like The Levellers, Leatherat, Ferocious Dog and many others who frequent the UK Festival scene. I have long since lost the desire to spend my holidays laying around in the sun and these days am much more likely to be found in a muddy field somewhere in the UK during the festival season.

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