Stomping onto the main the stage, Cancer Bats came on promoting their new album 'Dead Set on Living' they played through new tracks such as 'Road Sick' and 'Bricks And Mortar', Everyone went mental for Hail Destroyer and the Sabotage cover. But the set ultimately finished with Liam screaming RATS for their new track appropriately titled 'R.A.T.S'
Easily one the most striking acts of the day with some of the deepest songs I’ve ever heard, from lyrics like: ‘I'm the bastard son of romantic Babylon’ to ‘If actions speak louder than words, I'm the most deafening noise you've ever heard.’ Commanding the audience to a point where front man Jeremy Bolm stepped away from his microphone and shouted over the entire crowd with his voice alone. This set definitely left everybody in the crowd overwhelmed.
One of the most promising new acts at reading. Their intriguing sound made larger by the backing of the London Contemporary Voices choir, this made tracks such as 'Fitzpleasure' feel much more genuine.
You can hear how genuine these guys are in our audio interview we did earlier in the year.
Every Time I Die
Easily my favourite act of the day on Friday. Instantaneously powering through each song with southern metal riffs and a hardcore style. Every Time I Die provided a frantic set.
One of the most anticipated acts of the day, it's Enter Shikaris 4th Reading Festival and they know exactly what to do. Playing crowd favorites such as 'Motherstep/Mothership' to the new favorites such as 'Ssnakepit'. Encouraging the crowd from the standard human pyramids to the army of crowd surfers and finishing on 'Zzonked', Enter Shikari are a must see at any festival.
Opening with 'Devil In a Midnight Mass' then finishing with 'Red Flag'. This band didn't disappoint. Dedicating their new track 'Viking Death March', a song about standing up for yourself, to Pussy Riot. This was truly an inspiring set.
Bullet for my valentine
A completely flawless set. Playing crowd pleasers such as 'Scream, Aim Fire' and 'Tears Don’t Fall'. Belting out an immaculate rendition of 'Waking The Demon' to finish off, they left the crowd entirely fulfilled.
Hearing just the starting bass line to ‘Misery’ you know this band has nothing to prove. The new tracks they played: 'Last June', 'Outsider Art' and 'Everybody Loves You (When You're Dead)' went brilliantly with the older tracks such as 'Death Voices' and 'London is the reason'. This was one of the most colossal sets of the weekend.
Truly one of the most down to earth sets of the weekend. Fuelling through fast paced tracks such as 'All My Life', 'The Pretender and Alandria'. Touching sentiments included Taylor Hawkins, the drummer, telling the crowd how he’s thrilled to be onstage with the greatest musician of his generation: Dave Grohl. Dave then dedicated best of you to Miti Adhikari, A BBC sound engineer that had worked with Dave since Nirvana and was retiring after the show. This was the one and only way to round off a brilliant weekend.