Reading Festival 2013

Reading Festival was INSANE this year. One of the perks of being a reporter based opposite the entrance to the festival site is covering the festival, which this year was immense.

Friday included a quick hop, skip and jump from the office to the field after work just in time to interview RX Bandits ahead of their set. This is the first year I have done interviews at the festival and the reserved pair certainly didn’t make my first interview easy. Check out the awkwardness here.

After a quick fan snap with Frank Turner…….Image…..I caught a bit of his set on the main stage.

Then it was back to the press tent to interview the lovely Nick Douwma aka Sub Focus, ahead of his headline set on the Radio 1 dance tent. Much less awkward and a bit easier (view here.)

Highlights of Friday included Sub Focus and Bastille but the real highlight was Skrillex who ripped a new ******* in the Radio 1/NME stage.

I caught the end of Green Day but wasn’t that bothered.

Saturday began with an impromptu interview with Charles from White Lies – here followed by an interview with Chase & Status who looked particularly bored by the stream of interviews!Image

Celeb photo opportunities on the Saturday included the sexy Matt from The 1975 Image


ImageAnd both guys from New Found Glory:

ImageImageHighlights included White Lies and Foals but it was Chase and Status and Eminem who made the night the best show. Read what Reading Post features editor Caroline Cook thought about their performances here and here.

Eminem did an amazing mash-up classics towards the end and it was great to see Dido performing the vocals for Thank You live at the festival.

On Sunday Haim were the band I was looking forward to but their performance was disappointing. Although I can listen to their recorded tracks on repeat, the live performance was strained and out of tune.

Highlights included holding the camera for colleagues who interviewed Dog is Dead, Fall Out Boy and Phoenix.

I can’t wait until next year!









Reading Festival review

Festival season is fading fast…and the nights are getting longer far too quickly for my liking.

However, for those missing those festie vibes and soothing sunsets here is the review I did for TFF of Reading Festival a couple of weeks ago.

Click here.

Reading Festival guide for Reading Post

One of the things I love about my job is that I get the opportunity to write features for the Reading Post and Get Reading. From laughter workshops to Cardiff press trips there’s a chance to do all types of writing.

Here are some pre-pieces I did for Reading Festival for the Reading Post Festival guide.

(Oh and apologies for not writing for absolutely ages!)

Click on the links for interviews.

Interview with The Kaiser Chiefs

Interview with the divine Ritzy Bryan of The Joy Formidable

Five minutes with Spector

Dog is Dead are amazing!

Also got street styled by Company magazine at Reading Festival at the weekend.

Here is the pic.

Have just submitted my Reading review to This Festival Feeling  so will post that here soon when it is up.