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Reading & Leeds Festival 2014 – Day 3| Festival Review

Did the final day of Reading & Leeds festival blow our mind? Find out here!

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It’s the final day of this year’s Reading & Leeds and a final day of incredible acts to check out. Will we end the weekend with a bang? Find out what we thought of Sunday’s acts right here!

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Forever Cult – BBC Introducing – Leeds – 4/5

Yorkshire three-piece, Forever Cult, ignore the fact they have a midday slot and smash out 25 minutes of grunge-infused rock as they make their debut performance at the festival. Any band who name a track after Antonio Banderas has to be respected and all three play their hearts out. As their final chords ring out drummer Snowy is on his feet, while bassist Greaves smashes his guitar into the stage. First impressions last and Forever Cult prove themselves today as one to watch. 

Mikey Baird

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Royal Blood – NME/Radio 1 – Leeds – 4/5

Royal Blood are nothing short of incredible. The duo, made up of just bass and drums, pack out the NME tent today and create a sound most bands couldn’t make with three times the number of members. Still in their infancy, the band do a set far beyond their years as listeners hear more than one person mention how they stole the weekend. Want to know how to destroy it live? Go no further than Royal Blood.

Mikey Baird

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The Hives – Main Stage – 4/5

Certain bands were made for occasions like this and one such band is Sweden’s number one export, The Hives; who are nothing short of amazing. Lead by, possibly the greatest frontman in the business, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvist, the band show everyone in attendance how to put on a rock and roll show. The thirty minute set flies by in an instant as the sharp dressed band fire through a greatest hits set, accompanied by the finest crowd participation of the weekend; at one point getting the 90,000 people in attendance to sit down before erupting into the biggest dance floor in the country. Simply amazing! 

Mikey Baird

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Schoolboy Q – NME/Radio 1 – Reading – 3/5

TDE’s very own Schoolboy Q seemed surprised and humbled that so many of his loyal fans had come together to see him perform today. Seeming tired from a long weekend of partying at other shows, Schoolboy admitted he was finding it hard to perform at 100 percent today and mid-set his DJ kicked in with Kendrick Lamar’s ‘M.A.A.D City’ as Q performed more as a hype man than main act enabling him a moment to catch his breath; a nice touch considering Schoolboy Q was once Kendrick Lamar’s hype man.

His live performance wasn’t the best for many reasons, but what can’t be taken away from Schoolboy Q is how authentic his appreciation of his fans is. That authenticity was felt by every person in the NME tent today and showed that Schoolboy Q doesn’t need a commercial hit song to be recognised as a real artist.

Josh Pratt

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While She Sleeps – The Pit – 4/5

Sheffield’s While She Sleeps have had a year of setbacks due to vocalist Loz Taylor being out of action with voice problems. It makes it all the more bittersweet to see such a huge crowd welcome them back and the tent is set for bursting as the guys get a full Yorkshire welcome. Repaying the crowd by delivering a ferocious set, the band pour their heart and soul into every chord they play and it’s quite a sight to behold.

The stage security earn their wages in this set alone as wave after wave of crowd surfers pour over the barriers towards the band. As the crowd carry on chanting the band’s name long after they leave the stage, it’s safe to say this was a huge triumph. 

Mikey Baird

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Source: HTF / Chris Hines

Joey Bada$$ – 1Xtra – Reading – 4.5/5

While the world is constantly looking for new ways to produce energy, it seemed as if Pro Era’s lead man, Joey Bada$$, has his own personal power plants worth tonight. At only 19 years old, he owned the stage like an old-school master of his trade and the constant interaction between Joey and the crowd kept the show’s momentum high, with not even a hint of a dull moment throughout. In the myst of the mayhem, Nyck Caution entered the stage to blow a hole in the 1 Xtra roof as he matched the Joeys energy levels and by the end of show they had more than left their mark on the festival with one of the most energetic sets of the entire weekend.

Josh Pratt

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The 1975 – NME/Radio 1 – Reading – 5/5

As The 1975 took to the stage today, the sound of screaming fans was enough to indicate how much people really love this band. Their rise over the past 18 months has been meteoric and we can honestly say, on the strength of todays performance, we could be looking at future Reading & Leeds headliners in the making. They have the songs, the image and with Matt Healy’s loveable drunk persona at the forefront, they are ticking all the right boxes.

Today’s set had everyone dancing from the off-set as Matt announced “We’re The 1975 from Manchester. Let’s have a fucking party!” and asking “Who here is the biggest fan?”, Matt decides to drag a girl in a 1975 tee onstage for ‘Pressure’ and an emotional performance as the girl literally sobbed with joy. Set highlight for us came with the atmospheric ‘Robbers’ as the crowd sang with an euphoric energy that sent chills down your spine. Incredible!

Chris Hines

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Danny Brown – 1Xtra – Reading – 4/5

Detroit rapper, Danny Brown, has had a roller coaster ride of a career recently and fresh from bagging a huge gig supporting Eminem at Wembley Arena recently, we now see him headline the BBC 1 Xtra’s stage at Reading & Leeds Festival.

Danny is a rapper of two personas; his quirky party side that first got the public’s attention and shot him to fame and his deep and dark side, where his lyrics really take the forefront and show his incredible lyrical abilities. The two sides of Old Danny Brown attract a different type of fan, but tonight it was evident that the majority of fans were there to party with Danny and that’s exactly what they did.

Opening with his latest collaboration track with Rustie, ‘Attak’, the crowd jumped into action and from here on it was a non-stop assault with Danny leaping across the stage. Bringing the set to an even higher level, Schoolboy Q ran on stage mid-set to perform his verse of ‘Dope Fiend Rental’, literally blowing everyone’s minds and as the set drew to a close, it was clear to see why Old Danny Brown has fast become one of rap’s most exciting stars.

Josh Pratt

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Source: HTF / Chris Hines

Blink 182 – Main Stage – Reading – 3/5

As night falls it’s up to pop-punks finest to finish of the festival with a bang. Opening the set with three classic belters, ‘Feeling This’, ‘What’s My Age Again’ and ‘The Rock Show’ got the set off to a good start, but as the set progressed it did start to feel like their was something missing. With the main stage sound seeming fairly quiet, Travis Barker’s drumming sometimes overshadowed the performance due to the sound and although he is phenomenal to watch, it did leave Mark and Tom a bit in the dark at points.

Even ignoring the sound, Blink’s onstage magic seemed like it had run a bit dry at times, as it felt they were just going through the motions. Tracks such as ‘Stay Together For The Kids, ‘Man Overboard’ and the huge ‘All The Small Things’ obviously received huge reactions from the crowd, but as the set came to an end with no sign of fireworks, it kind of summed it up; the spark was missing. Despite this, the majority of today’s younger crowd still lapped it up as Blink still put on an entertaining show. But for us old-school fans, it just fell short of the mark.

Chris Hines
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