Frank Turner

Reading Festival 2015 – Frank Turner

Frank TurnerReading Festival 2015 - Frank Turner

Festival Republic Stage

Reading Festival

30 August 2015

I never miss a chance to see Frank Turner.  He is one of those artists who manage to turn every performance into a unique and memorable event.  Whether Frank plays with the sleeping Souls, with his hardcore outfit Mongol Horde, or as was the case on this occasion, he plays solo he always gives it his all.

This year marked Frank’s 9th appearance at Reading festival and then festival republic stage was absolutely crammed for his set.  There was also a huge overspill onto the grass areas outside the tent and everyone was there for one reason, a Frank Turner sing-along. They were not to be disappointed.

It is incredible how Turner can engage an audience but there it was again.  Just Frank and his acoustic guitar and a packed audience singing along to every song and fixated on his every word.  It is clear that Turner loves performing at reading, he is a huge fan of the festival and the Reading crowd love him back.

Turner opened his set with “The Angel Islington” from his new album, Positive Songs For Negative People and finished with a cover of Queens “Somebody To Love”.  Between these were were treated to 14 songs drawn from all of Franks albums.  We had huge favourites like “The Way I Tend To Be”, “Photosynthesis” and “I Still Believe” interspersed with rarities like “Isabel.”  The one thing that every song shared was the fact that the audience knew every word of every song and sang along to every word at the top of their lungs.

My favourite moment was probably “Recovery” from Tape Deck Heart certainly one of my favourite Turner songs.  Undoubtably the most moving moment was Frank’s rendition of “Song For Josh” a tribute to a friend who took his own life as a result of depression, something Frank has suffered from himself.  It has been very clear throughout Turners career that his songs are deeply personal and this is perhaps the reason that his songs resonate so much with his fans. It is very clear that Frank feels the loss of Josh very deeply and the emotion comes over loud and clear when he performs the song live.

I look forward to seeing Frank take the new songs on the road on his UK tour later this year.

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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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