Yup, it's that time of year again. The Lock Up stage at Reading and Leeds Festivals has just been announced, and you can see the line-up for both days below...
Reading, Friday August 28/Leeds, Sunday August 30
The Ghost Of A Thousand
Reading, Saturday August 29/Leeds, Friday August 28
Set Your Goals
A Wilhelm Scream
Polar Bear Club
So what do you think? The Rise Against day looks awesome for a fair few reasons. Firstly, it means A WILHELM SCREAM ARE COMING BACK TO THE UK! And they're possibly the best live band I've ever seen in my entire whole entire entire entire life. Check out '5 To 9' from their last album 'Career Suicide'...
...and here's a free AWS tune!
The chances of RA using their headline heroes slot to play a greatest hits set (ie all of the first two albums and about three off the third) aren't exactly high, you know they'll drop this mid-set and make everyone go nuts.
I think there's something universal to punk rock fans of a certain age: as soon as the first chords of the below tune ring out it's time to raise a finger to the sky, grab your nearest and dearest and have a bit of a shout. Isn't shouting vaguely in tune brilliant?
And Thursday are coming off the back of 'Common Existence' flying. I'd bet my left nut, though, that they'll play about two or three off the new album and just crank out hit after hit after hit.
The Bronx, on the other hand, just shred.
And Chuck Ragan! Awesome. I saw him in New York with Ben from Lucero, Tim from Avail and Frank Turner and he was just brilliant, a grizzled folk-punk troubadour with a voice that could kill a horse. This is him with his old band Hot Water Music making lots of sunburnt Floridians sing a lot.
Municipal Waste, on the other hand, might cause a full-blown riot when they unleash their ferocious riff-laden thrashfest. A riot of GOOD MUSIC. I'd love to see The fucking Twang compete with this:
Add a touch of the classic Snuff and a real blast-from-the-past from the Mad Caddies and it looks like that'll be a superb day. The only real joker on the RA day is Set Your Goals - a band I've never loved but one which a lot of my friends seem to adore. So c'mon, am I wrong or are they?
What do you guys think? Stoked on Reading and Leeds for some punk rock fury or just fed up with the lack of UK bands? The Computers are the only new homegrown band to get the nod, so who would you have liked to have seen on the bill? A little birdie tells me there might just be another UK punk band playing on a much, much, much bigger stage, though...