Saturday, 2 September 2017

Reading Festival 2017

Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com

I love festivals, I love listening to some of my favourite bands and discovering new music. I love being a part of the crowd and being in that bubble away from the stresses and pressures of normal life. I had such a fantastic weekend at Reading Festival last week - the weather was beautiful the whole time, great company and the music was everything I'd hoped it'd be.

Festival blues are in full force.

I've made a video of the weekend below, it's my first real attempt at video editing and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. It's definitely not perfect, but I love rewatching and reliving the festival and I definitely want to delve into videos a bit more. Maybe YouTube is on the horizon?!


Anyway, yeah, I had such an amazing time. One of the highlights for me was You Me At Six. I've loved this band for years and no matter how many times I listen to their music, I never tire of it. I've already seen them once this year so I seriously considering missing them to see Kasabian, but I chose one of my all time favourite bands over a headliner I've never been a huge fan of, and I have zero regrets. They put on such a fantastic show, the energy was incredible. Despite their powercut during Loverboy, (which is a shame the BBC cut out because the crowd was beautiful), the whole set was perfect. Such a highlight.

Other highlights include Muse, of course. I love their music and it was the perfect end to the weekend. Eminem was pretty sick too. I'm glad I caught the sets of Frank Carter And The Rattlesnakes, The Marmozets, Sundara Karma, Architects, PVRIS, Mallory Knox, and QOTSA secret set because they were all fantastic. Marmozets wasn't a band I'd listened to much before but they sounded so good so I will definitely be checking more of them out. And I also got my phone case signed by PVRIS which was pretty sweet.

One thing I noticed though is the difference in the crowds. Reading Festival always had quite an alternative/rock/indie lineup, Download was for the heavier rock and V Festival was for the more dance/pop music. Reading was in the middle there. But this year, you had Major Lazer following Korn on the main stage. To me that was totally bizarre. Same with Architects followed by Giggs. The sheer amount of people flocking to the main stage to see the likes of Major Lazer and Giggs though signifies a change in how Reading Festival is going to head in the future. They definitely pulled the larger crowds. Similarly the Dance Stage was always rammed. It seems that the younger generation (why do I feel so old right now) are all about the grime/EDM music, and I fully expect Reading and Leeds to cater for this in the coming years.

Overall though I had an absolutely amazing weekend, and I've definitely got festival blues right now. I'm already looking at upcoming gigs and festivals I want to go to next year.

Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com
Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com

Did you go to any festivals this year, or are planning to go to one next year?

Hannah Lane

Reading Festival 2017 | www.hannahemilylane.com

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