Behind the scenes at Reading Festival 2018 with Bring Me The Horizon, Wolf Alice, Mike Shinoda and more

Another Reading Festival is over and, despite the weather, it was a right good’un. When they weren’t busy putting all their energy into playing blinders across the festival site, we managed to pin down some of the stars of the weekend and make them strike a pose. Scroll on to see the likes of Bring Me The Horizon‘s Oli Sykes, Shame, Dream Wife, and Post Malone and his kilt in all their glory.



Shame Reading
Jenn Five
Somebody call Ground Force! The Shame boys make a great feature in any garden or backstage area.

2Pale Waves

Pale Waves Reading
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3Maggie Rogers

Maggie Rogers Reading
Jenn Five
The excellent Maggie Rogers joined us for a quick snap before making her Reading debut.


HMLTD Reading
Trust artpop maestros HMLTD to pull up at Reading with some of the most unique looks of the festival.

5Dream Wife

Dream Wife Reading
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World's best bad bitches Dream Wife effortlessly proving they're cooler than we'll ever be.

6Bhad Bhabie

Bhad Bhabie Reading
Jenn Five
Cash her inside her dressing room, how bow dah? It's viral star-turned-rapper Bhad Bhabie!

7Fall Out Boy

Fall Out Boy Reading
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Emo heroes Andy Hurley and Pete Wentz stopped by before headlining the whole damn festival.

8Mike Shinoda

Mike Shinoda Reading
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Linkin Park's Mike Shinoda before he wowed the Main Stage with his first solo performance at Richfield Avenue.

9Ms Banks

Ms Banks Reading
Jenn Five
Ms Banks giving our photographer a little hand with the framing. Helpful and talented.

10Bring Me The Horizon

Bring Me The Horizon Reading
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Looks like BMTH's Oli Sykes needed a little nap after the band's ferocious secret set. We don't blame him.

11Papa Roach

Papa Roach Reading
Jenn Five
Nu metallers Papa Roach: Still not on their last resort, 18 years later.

12Sunflower Bean

Sunflower Bean Reading
Jenn Five
New York's coolest Sunflower Bean keeping it ultra glam - even in the middle of a muddy festival. Respect.

13Post Malone

Post Malone Reading
Jenn Five
Here's hoping Posty managed to keep his lovely kilt (and Louis Vuitton boots) clean, or he'll have learned the hard way how to dress appropriately for British festivals.

14The Horrors

The Horrors Reading
The Horrors - so brilliant they can even make all black look kaleidoscopic.

15The Vaccines

The Vaccines Reading
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What's caught Justin's eye? Maybe it's AWOL guitarist Arni, who missed the band's Main Stage set for personal reasons.

16Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice Reading
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The beige Portacabin walls might suggest otherwise, but Wolf Alice are living the dream - specifically, the dream of headlining the BBC Radio 1 Stage at Reading. Just look at those radiant smiles!


Yonaka Reading
Jenn Five
Oi oi! It's Brighton party-starters Yonaka!


Slaves Reading
Jenn Five
A bit of rain and mud isn't going to stop festival pros Isaac and Laurie sitting wherever they damn well please.

19Tom Grennan

Tom Grennan Reading
Tom Grennan, backstage at Reading Festival. Credit: Jenn Five Jenn Five
Cheer up, Tom! Only another 358 days until we get to do it all again.

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