Reading Festival preview

We're off to Reading Festival for the next three days (not camping - just day trips.  The campsites are pretty horrific unless you're 17, very drunk, or preferably both...and given the rain, trench foot is going to be a real issue.)

If anyone else is going and wants to meet up and discuss procurement between bands (!), drop me an email  ( the evening before as I won't be on line during the day, or call / text 07717 734601.

No point commenting on the top headliners but my tips to watch:

Great lesser known bands I've seen before;  Joy Formidable, Los Campesinos are brilliant

Bigger bands who are particularly good live - Maccabees, Gaslight Anthem, Mystery Jets, Gogol Bordello, Mumford and Sons, Yeasayer, Foals, British Sea Power, Wild Beasts and of course the incomparable Arcade Fire..

And some bands that sound good on MySpace that I don't know: The Cheek, Summer Camp, Yuck, Free Whales, Chapel Club, Kassidy, Sunshine Underground, Egyptian Hip Hop, Amy's Ghost (from Reading), Foxy Shazam, Sound of Guns, Fools Gold.

Good looking bands: The Like (girls), One Night Only (Boys)

If you haven't been before; wear wellies / boots even if the rain has stopped, take something plastic to sit on, get some serious sitting down done early in the day before it gets too crowded / dark / messy to do so;  and it gets cold after dark!  REALLY cold according to the forecast.... Oh yes, drink beer at lunchtime, use the loos early before they get too disgusting, dehydrate later....

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