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Metallica At Reading Festival Wasn't The Easy Win You Thought It'd Be

Last year at Glastonbury, Metallica faced one of the toughest headline crowds that an established rock behemoth might possibly encounter. Not because Glastonbury goers are all about peace 'n' love and Metallica are all about riffs and grunting, but because Metallica are still, in many minds, a niche act, and Glastonbury is a mainstream festival. Added to this was the controversy over a documentary on bear hunting that James Hetfield provided a voice over for, and - as is becoming traditional - a resulting online petition to get them knocked off their perch.

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Ballsiest Show Of The Weekend? Bring Me The Horizon Prove A Point At Reading Festival

“Pull the fucking tampon out and show me what you got!” That's Bring Me The Horizon frontman Ollie Sykes, trying his absolute hardest to force the vast crowd in front of him to form a circle pit that swallows Reading whole. He’s not pleased with their efforts. “Is that what you call a pit, like? Fucking pathetic.” We’re a song into the Sheffield quintet’s Main Stage performance, an hour-long splurge of classic metal riffs, machine gun drums, bowel-churning bass eruptions, smoke jets and about a million crazy do-it-or-die instructions from Sykes. Having abandoned their screamy metalcore roots for a cleaner sound, Bring Me The Horizon are here opening for Metallica, and they’re out to prove they can blow their forefathers out of the water, using the following weapons...

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These Two Bands Want To Be The Next Oasis. Are Pretty Vicious Or DMA's Reading 2015's Best Gallagher Substitute?

Though they hail from different sides of the globe, Sydney's Britpop revivalists DMA's and Merthyr Tydfil's baby-faced rockers Pretty Vicious have both stepped up to the plate with a clear aim of being the next Oasis. You only have to check out Pretty Vicious' 'Definitely Maybe'-esque press shot to see they're unashamedly vying for the title, while their Aussie counterparts aren’t afraid to wear their influences on their sleeves either. They make no bones about them being in thrall to the Manchester and Britpop sounds that circled the globe when they were growing up down under. But, of the pair, which is the best bet for success? The opportunity to judge came about at Reading, where the two bands performed back to back on the Festival Republic stage. We decided to see how they stacked up.

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Royal Blood's Earth-Shattering Reading Set Was A Bid For Next Year's Headline Slot

Ben Thatcher cranks up an air raid siren front of stage; over by the stacks, Mike Kerr loads the heavy artillery. Squeals, feedback, bass riffs like they’ve put strings on Thor’s hammer – Royal Blood’s arsenal is mighty, but their morale shaken. “There’s not a single person in this field who truly understands how insane it is for us to be up here right now,” Mike admits, “there’s a lot of people. I think I just shit myself.” Ben, on the other hand, stands on his drum stool sipping nonchalantly from a pint of lager, surveying the crowd like a war-time field marshal who knows exactly how much of a firestorm is about to be unleashed on an unsuspecting village.

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How Reading Proved Wolf Alice Have Become The Perfect Festival Band

Twelve months ago, Wolf Alice played on the Festival Republic stage, the fiercest they'd been at that point, but still lacking that killer confidence that could really convince any doubters that they were the real deal and in it for the long haul. Then, they had a cover of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game' in their set as a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, just in case the likes of 'She' and 'Blush' failed to sway the audiences in front of them.

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Foals' Surprise Set Summons The Primal Spirit Of Reading Festival

The rising dust clouds can mean only one thing. Foals have hit Reading. They’ve only been on site a couple of hours, but Yannis Philippakis looks like he’s been here since Thursday. When the frontman prowls the lip of the stage after ‘My Number’, which opens this hastily announced secret set, bright white lights catch his face and you notice his black curls are matted and his beard is straggly. There might be a hint of a hangover in his eyes too.

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