LIFESTYLE // Reading Festival

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Hey guys! 
Yesterday I got back from this year's Reading Festival. I was fortunate enough to get a volunteer spot on the bar through my university and, not gonna lie, this year was the best Reading Festival yet!


I managed to put dead batteries in my camera for day 1 but managed to see Vampire Weekend, Paramore and Queens of the Stone Age. I may have had to run a good mile or so through the campsites to get to VW on time but it was so worth it - they are so fantastic live. I used to love Paramore when I was younger and thought I would check them out and was actually pleasantly surprised. They were much better live than I remembered and picked a lot of their old hits which is good for me! Oh, and QOTSA were fantastic. I'm not a fan but hey - they are so good at what they do!

I was fortunate enough to get placed on one of the bars right by the main stage - I couldn't believe it! Early in the afternoon the bar was pretty empty so I pretty much saw all acts on the main stage over the weekend. I couldn't have asked for a better position. I got to see Jimmy Eat World (dancing and singing along of course), Deaf Havana, Jake Bugg, Arctic Monkeys, Imagine Dragons and Foster the People whilst I was working. Crazy!

Okay, I could hear it whilst I was working but that's kind of the same right?


Unfortunately, working every day meant that comfort took over fashion for me. I felt so boring wearing black skinnies (that I ripped myself the night before - cheeky!) and a vintage tee I picked up from Rokit but I had an 8 hour shift okay? I love my new tee though - it just goes with everything!


Day 3 was 100% the best day of the weekend. I had my last shift, saw Saint Raymond, The Kooks, You Me At Six, The 1975, Mayday Parade and of course Blink-182. A good line-up and great company - what could go wrong?! We popped into the silent disco at the end of the evening because Frank Turner was doing a DJ set and danced away until the early hours of the morning. It was such a lovely way to end Reading - even if I was absolutely exhausted!

Now, I was super duper cheeky and managed to get myself backstage for Mayday Parade. I didn't get to meet them unfortunately (I rushed off to catch The 1975 for 20 minutes) but watched their set from the side of the stage which was crazy. I have only ever done that once (for The 1975 actually - weird) and it's crazy seeing the crowd in front of you. I had completely forgotten how much I'd loved Mayday - I have no idea how I still remember the words to all their songs!


Reading - you were super lovely. Fantastic weather, brilliant bands and some great company.

The best acts this weekend for me were Saint Raymond, The 1975, Jake Bugg and Vampire Weekend. I have totally rekindled my love for pop-punk though. I don't know why I stopped listening to Paramore and You Me At Six. You may be able to take girl away from pop-punk but you cannot take pop-punk away from the girl.

Did you go to Reading/Leeds this year? Let me know!

21 comments :

  1. Wow what a fabulous line-up! I'd love to see Vampire Weekend and The 1975 live! I went to Leeds fest a few years ago, but the line-up was nowhere near as good as this! Glad you had fun :)

    Style Sunrise☀

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    1. This year was a really good line up. There was constantly someone on (unlike the other years I have been!) Definitely go see VW or The 1975 if you can - they are both amazing!

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  2. You sure some amazing acts. I have always wanted to see jake bugg live

    http://thriftyvintagefashion.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Definitely see him if you can - I enjoyed his set so much!

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  3. Ahh so jealous! I tried to watch as much of it as I could on TV, it looked so good this year, glad you had an amazing time!

    Elle x
    Notes of Petranella

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  4. So lucky you were placed so close to the main stage, least you could work and not miss out on the music! I used to love Paramore, You Me At Six and Mayday Parade, never listen to them now but YMAS and Mayday Parade are amazing live, loved them when I saw them two years ago! I'm glad you had such a good time! I still really need to go to a festival, something I need to experience.

    Issy
    missisgoode.blogspot.co.uk
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    1. It was so lucky! I had totally forgotten how much I still loved the bands I used to listen to when I was younger.
      You should definitely go to a festival - even if it's just for a day. It is such a good atmosphere!

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  5. So jealous - really wanted to go to Reading as the lineup was so incredible, but funds didn't allow. I've volunteered at festivals before and had a really good time, definitely looking to do some more next year!

    Milly // Mini Adventures

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    1. It was so much fun volunteering. I had more fun this year than I have had before - crazy! I'd definitely do it again.

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  6. Ahh, so jealous! I've always wanted to go to Reading Festival. One day! :)

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    1. You should definitely go if you ever have the chance!

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  7. I've never been much of a festival person, I'd love to go and listen to the music and do all the fun stuff and then go home and sleep in my comfy bed and have a shower! Looks like you had a great time, and lucky you got to volunteer! I used to love Mayday Parade but haven't listened to them in years, might have to listen to them again and rekindle my love!

    Emma x
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    1. I know what you mean! The camping is the worst bit. I was fortunately in a campsite with actual toilets this year so it was absolutely fine though thank God!
      You should so listen to Mayday right now - my old iPod has come out and all of my old favourites are on repeat. It's so nice!

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  8. Wow what a great line-up. You were so lucky to get a position near the main stage. And about the fashion, Girl comfort has to come first when you're doing 8 hour shifts. That said you can never go wrong with a vintage tee and skinnies right?

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    1. So lucky! It really made my weekend!
      I was going to wear a velvet skater skirt but gave in and wore jeans. I just wish I had some chelsea boots or something!

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  9. woah that's so awesome you got vip seats through school! i wish i thought of that when i was back in college haha. i cant believe you were on stage, i'd be freaking oooout.

    xo marlen
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    1. It's crazy what you get when you ask! I still cannot believe I managed to convince them to let me stay there. I was trying to be cool - I have no idea how I looked though (probably like a crazed 12 year old fan knowing my luck!)

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  10. I'm beyond jealous as I am a festival virgin, and I do think that if you do a festival Reading is the one!

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  11. Aww you lucky thing!!! Sounds amazing!! x

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  12. Oh my gosh, it looks amazing! Xx

    .Georgina Clare.
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