It’s here! It’s Reading & Leeds! The annual bank holiday blow out kicks off today, with a whole bunch of brilliant bands swapping their way across the two legged festival. We’re on the ground in Reading, bringing you the latest news, photos, reports and ‘stuff’. Before heading down to (hopefully) sunny Berkshire, we dropped a line to some of our faves to find out what to expect, including Aaron from Palisades.
So, do you have anything special planned for Reading & Leeds?
We do have a couple of things up our sleeves. But you’ll have to be there to find out what they are.
Do you have any onstage tricks that always go down well with a festival crowd?
I wouldn’t say we have tricks really. We just go on stage, play our hearts out, and connect with the crowd as much as we can.
Is there anyone you’re particularly looking forward to seeing play, or catching up with?
There is so much talent at Reading and Leeds that I know whichever stage we are going to be close, to we will be sure to hear something that we will get into. I’m personally looking forward to seeing Danny Brown, Jimmy Eat World, and Two Door Cinema Club.
Which is your favourite of the headliners: Muse, Kasabian or Eminem?
I love all three artists and really am looking forward to seeing Muse. They have been one of my favorite bands for a while and to see them at Reading and Leeds is going to be legendary.
If you’ve been before, what’s the best band you’ve seen there previously?
This will actually be our first time at the festival, so we’re just excited to experience it and live through the magic.
What was the last festival you went to as a music fan, not because you were playing?
The last music festival I went to was the Bamboozle music festival here in the States. My Chemical Romance and Linkin Park were headlining and it was amazing.
What’s the biggest festival disaster you’ve experienced?
We played a festival in the states where it rained the entire weekend, and because of where the venue was, no production, tents, or awnings were allowed for the side stages. So we played in the rain with no protection at all. Then later on that night once the headlining acts came on the main stage, half of the P.A went out. so only the left side worked for the remainder of the night.
What’s the best thing about Reading & Leeds?
I really enjoy the diversity of the festival. You can really discover and be exposed so many different kinds of music in one place. It’s the perfect music lovers festival.