The Libertines, Metallica and Mumford & Sons headline this August weekender just outside London
The Libertines, Metallica, Mumford & Sons, Bring Me The Horizon, Mastadon, Royal Blood, Django Django, Ash, Deadmau5, Bastille, Jamie T, The Cribs, The Maccabees, Years & Years, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Wolf Alice, Run The Jewels and more.
This long-lived festival fave, which takes place in both Reading and Leeds over the August bank holiday, remains one of the most popular and music-focused rock festivals in the country. Lacking any of the more cutesy elements of modern fests (gourmet cuisine, immersive theatre experiences etc), rawk is always the order of the day – though the festival's dance tents have blossomed in recent years.
The big news for 2015 – other than the fact it's a total sausagefest (a mere ten bands on the bill so far have one or more female members) – is the return of punked-up indie shamblers The Libertines and the presence of banjo-plucking folk-poppers Mumford & Sons, playing a headline set that’s somewhat at odds with the traditional sweaty Reading fare. Also headlining (for the third time at Reading) are metal monsters Metallica. Further down the bill there's more metal mayhem from heavy-ass proggers Mastadon and metalcore heroes Bring Me The Horizon, scuff-rock from comeback kid Jamie T, alt-rap from super duo Run The Jewels, while Bastille and Years & Years add a pop twist and rock heavy-hitters Ash and Limp Bizkit roll back the years.
Despite the Mumfords, we’re hoping that this year is just as raucous as usual: Reading is a post-GCSE ritual for thousands of teens from the south of England, and things can get pretty hectic (think cage fighting, throwing aerosols on bonfires and banging on oil drums with sticks) on the last night.