I left Reading Festival 2016 with a broken tent, memories that I will take with me for the rest of my time, and a fan of loads of new bands. I swore then and there, I would be back next year. Let me tell you why. I arrived on the Friday morning, along with all my best friends, fresh faced and ready. We were prepared for the best weekend of our lives, and were eager to kick things of as we dropped our bags and headed to the arena in the search for the reading magic.
First off, we rushed straight to the comedy tent in the search for some laughs. Russell Howard, was doing what he does best, sharing his crazy life experiences, constantly taking the piss out of his mum and revealing a little bit too much information about his love life. He handled hecklers, joked about his mother and showed off his famous lazy eye. Reading offers a whole variety of shows, music, comedy and more. It’s one of the things I’m most looking forward to this year.
After covering our faces in glitter, we kicked the off the first night with the first of may mosh pits of the weekend. The crowds at reading are like something I have never experienced before, as thousands of people jump up and down in time to the beat, screaming out the words to their all time favourite songs. I still find myself mumbling that familiar battle cry “ooh ayy ayy”. it was almost like the festival anthem.
We ended the weekend with and incredible performance from Twenty-One Pilots, that alternative American duo. Surrounded by thousands of people, singing along like nobody was listening. And as my favourite song ‘Car Radio’ came on, I seemed to end up onto of the shoulders of my friend to get a glimpse of the band. In that moment I felt on top of the world, hoping that the night would never end.
So thank you Reading 2016! Thank you for the best weekend of the year. As 2017’s festival approaches, I can’t wait to create a whole load more memories with my best friends.
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