Reading Festival – Sunday Preview

So even though today is a school day,when we don't normally write about music, we’ll finish our preview of next weekend’s Reading Festival, with a look at the Sunday line-up.

The final day, so we’re tired, a little sad that it’s almost all over, yet excited about what is maybe the best day of the three, all in all.  Not on the main stage though. Problem is, we’ve seen Biffy Clyro a few times previously as they’ve worked their way up the Reading ladder. Good band, but don’t really excite me as a headliner.

But the main stage does have the Lumineers doing a 5.30 slot so we can all sing Hey Ho over that tea-time cider, even if the best version of that song in my opinion has been done by two super-talented girls.

Then Fall Out Boy will get the teens at the front moshing, like a huge shoal of pilchards being chased through a discarded-plates-of-noodles-filled ocean by a squadron of sharks.

The NME Stage is impressive today. I love Villagers – Conor O’Brien shows that sensitive introverts can be brilliant performers, and they’ve released two excellent albums now. Then at 5.25 – a bad clash with the Lumineers actually – we have Haim, the three US sisters whose contemporary take on Fleetwood Mac Californian rock has been a highlight of the summer’s festival season.

At 7.30 pm Disclosure are going to attract the biggest NME Stage crowd of the weekend. Two brothers from Redhill, their deep-house influenced dance with a strong pop sensibility makes them perhaps the hottest British band of 2013, with a number 1 album to their name, so don’t even try and get into the tent unless you’re prepared for 16-19 year old mass hysteria.

But the Festival Republic Stage takes the trophy today with just an amazing line up. I hadn’t heard  of all the bands until recently, but on checking them out, good heavens they’re good! The Aussie low-fi boy girl pop of San Cisco, far too early at 11.15 am; then China Rats with indie surf pop, In the Valley Below with moody folk-indie, the Family Rain (our favourite new band of the year so far) at 1.40pm, Twenty-One Pilots, a two piece singing / rapping keyboard / drums combo.. they all sound great.

Later on that stage, we have the better known Frankie and the Heartstrings, the indie punk of Merchandise and Spector, who need to prove they can follow up last year’s strong debut album with some good new songs. It’s a day to stake a claim in the Festival Republic tent (you’ll find us on the right hand side as you face the bands, on the perimeter, 5 tent-poles up from the stage) and make the occasional foray to the NME tent.

But the Lock-Up tent becomes the more mainstream Rock stage today, tempting us with Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats (who have gained a real cult following over the last year or so), Gallows, Funeral for a Friend and others. Then there’s Ms Dynamite on the 1Extra stage, who won the Mercury Prize the one year I got to go to the awards ! And the excellent Peasant’s King (see here) on the Introducing Stage, which is headlined by Dog is Dead, whose debut album was in my top ten of 2012.

All I know is I’m going to be covering  a few miles on Sunday....

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