With tonnes of bands playing across seven stages, so far Reading Festival has been packed to the gills with amazing music coming from top-of-their-game artists new and old. The BBC are broadcasting this weekend from the site and we've plucked seven of the finest performances from Saturday, so you can join in the festival from the comfort of your armchair. [b]Foals - 'Inhaler'[/b] Reading Festival boss Melvin Benn has already earmakred the Oxford rockers are potential future Main Stage headliners. They certainly did their case no harm at all.
Reading & Leeds is over for another year, but you can relive it with our videos from the festival. Especially the ones that take you behind the scenes to walk on stage with acts such as Deftones, System Of A Down, Frank Turner and Foals. Ever wanted to know what Frank Turner and his band do before a show? It's kinda weird. We filmed Phoenix teaching Haim how to say 'hurry up with my damn croissants' before the two bands embark on a European tour, and talked metaphysics with Deap Vally.
Marshall Mathers last stepped onto the Reading Main Stage 12 years ago, when he topped the bill in 2001. A lot has changed since then. That was before he released ‘The Eminem Show’, which shifted 10 million copies and helped the rapper towards the 32.2 million mark. That makes him the artist to have sold more than any other in the last decade – even ahead of The Beatles. But could the man author Zadie Smith once described as a “word technician”, now 40, still match up to the 28-year-old who was arguably in his prime? Here's how the two shows, a decade apart, shaped up.
As we leave Leeds festival looking like a Hogarthian apocalypse still vibrating from Skrillex's demented video game blasts and Reading festival after a historic set from Eminem, there are a few things we've learned as we reach the end of day two. 1. Simon Neil's got good advice for his younger self If the Biffy frontman could go back in time and give his adolescent self a single piece of advice it would be: "Have patience, wee man. You'll need it. And shave that top lip!" 2.
Biffy Clyro make history this weekend headlining Reading and Leeds for the first time. They played a stormer on Friday night (August 23) in Leeds, and play Reading this evening (Sunday 25 August). Few bands have a stronger connection to the legendary weekender.