Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Reading 2011

Over the weekend, I was over in Reading, for Reading Festival, with Susie and Fritha. We were luckky that we didn't have to camp out as Susie lives in Reading, so after each day, we were met with a warm house, a nice shower and a comfortable bed :)

Outfit-wise, I wasn't anything special and wore pretty much the same thing: a black skirt, a t-shirt and my wellies. I have Wedge Wellies which do look pretty cool and they're really comfortable. I picked them up at a Press Day a few months ago and don't think I could have done Reading without them. Reading really as muddy and wet as they make it out to be.

Day 1:
We came into the arena and heard a bit of Miles Kane in the background and he soundeed pretty good. Mona were playing right after and they sounded amazing. I'm a massive Mona fan and they absolutely rocked! Nick Brown has a fantastic voice and I know the album very well, so it was great to hear them live again. It was quite funny at the end as he smashed the guitar (a bit unnecessary) and gave it to the audience, and the camera zoomed in on people fighting for it.


We rushed over to see Foster The People next and they were definitely one of the highlights of the whole festival. I've had that album on repeat for quite some time and is definitely one of my favourites of the year. They were so brilliant live and the fans were so full of energy. Foster The People are quickly becoming one of my favourite bands now.


Another highlight of my day was White Lies, who played later that evening. I've seen them play 3 times now and they always sound so amazing. They're always such a pleasure to see live and I love them more each time I see them. They're definitely one of my favourite bands to see live as they always put on a good show and you can tell they love what they do.

Other bands of the day:
We saw tons of bands on Day 1, including The Naked and Famous (who sounded great) and heard The Vaccines in the background (who were a let down: they were slurring and sounded pretty awful).
Susie and Fritha...erm...rocking out

We ended the day with 30 Seconds to Mars, Noah and the Whale and My Chemical Romance. I really love Jared Leto, and know the first album really well, so it was good to see 30 Seconds live. Noah and the Whale sounded amazing. LIFEGOESON was absolutely brilliant live and I'm a much bigger Noah fan now. I'm not a major fan of My Checmical Romance, so we only saw half the set. They were ok, but nothing too special.

Day 2:
We decided for a much more mellow amnd relazing day on Saturday. Wecaught Edward Sharpe and Magnetic Zeroes, who sounded pretty good. I'd never heard of them before, but they had a great vibe and atmosphere. The lead singer was also clearly on 'something' very strong, which was pretty funny to watch.


We also saw the start of Two Door Cinema Clubs set as well. I really love them and they sounded pretty good. Although, we didn't stay too long as we went back into town to grab some lunch and walk Susie's super adorable dog.

We came back for The National, who, again, I'd never heard of. It was a much older crowd compared to the rest of the shows, but they were definitely worth a watch.
PULP and The Strokes were co-headlining and watching the two was a great experience.

PULP were definitely the best act all weekend. Jarvis Cocker is an absolute legend and they definitely knew how to work the crowd. Everyone loved them and most people will probably agree that they were the best. They ended with Common People and the crowd went wild. My favourite was Disco 2000, and listening to that song live has been a high light of my life!

Thanks Susie for the above picture.

The Strokes ended the night in style!! love Julian Casablancas and have always wanted to see The Strokes live. They lived upto all my expectations and I can honestly say that Julian Casablancas is a musical God. They were so amazing on stage and I'm glad they played more old songs Last Nite was a highlight of their set and they really rocked Reading. It was also amazing when Jarvis Cocker joined them on stage for a legendary and awesome duet.

I gave day 3 a miss as I needed to get home, and felt bad about missing Taking Back Sunday, Muse, Ed Sheeran and Friendly Fires. But hopefully I'll catch them again at some point.

Have you ever been to a Festival? Would you go?

Sherin xx


LilyLipstick said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time - I'm impressed with how many bands you managed to see. I did Reading in 2005 and 2006 - would love to go again but definitely wouldn't camp! x

fashionismyh2o said...

Sounds like you had an amazing time I'm a massive 30STM fan so I'm v jelous you got to see them ha-ha. I keep saying I'll go and do Reading but I never seem to have the funds hopefully one day!


Sunaina said...

I love The Strokes! Went to a concert once, hope they come again! Looks like a great festival! I have never been to one :(

PinkBow said...

great pics sherin, you all look like you had a fab time!

SabinePsynopsis said...

That's my kind of festival... being out there during the day, but able to cuddle up in a nice warm clean bed! You 3 look like you had a great time, and cool wellies, Sherin! xo

simpledaisy said...

I love your outfit and that festival looks like a blast:)

Krissy ~ said...

look like you had an amazing time, awesome photos!
Krissy xoxo

Megan said...

i love festivals, having a warm bed to stay in though would make such a difference considering it looked like a wet one.

Dressing Up For Me said...

Hahaha, I love your funny faces! :)

This seemed like fun and I´d surely bring an umbrella with me and dance. ;)

Lottie said...

Oh my gooosh. I was there camping!!
Missing out on Muse :O They were amazing!
I'm glad you had a good time :)

Anonymous said...

very nice pictures .... love ur style .....

Cafe Fashionista said...

Gah! What a fantastic Festival, Sherin; I'm so glad you had an amazing time! And your wedge wellies? I want! :)

Lee Oliveira said...

Looks like you had a great time..
Did you get 2 outfits for the event? (love it)
lee x

Style Eyes said...

Definitely the best way to see a festival when you can go home to a nice warm bed and proper shower.

So jealous of you seeing Pulp, I used to love tehm when I was at uni (many years ago!) I went to see them at Rock City in Nottingham.

Cinz said...

Go girl! u looked like u had a fun rock and roll time,lol ;-) love your look in the black t-shirt, looks kinda rock to me for some reason? lol

Looks like one heck of a festival! I've not been to a festival, not that i can think of right now anyway=P oh there was one time in London in Hyde Park i think? it was during summer time but i didnt buy tix so i just listened from outside of hyde park with my friends as we happened to pass by..lol it was fun tho!!! so alive u know! i remember hearing Beyonce's live voice...totally wicked!hehe


Leia said...

I'm definitely not a festival person but it looks like you had a great time! I love the idea of wellies with wedges, must check out their site :)

Kimberlee said...

I saw you tweeting about this. I could never stand all those smelly people haha but looks like you had fun. Heart Julian Casablancas too :)

Morgan Jordan said...

Ah, that sounds like so much fun! Even with the mud and the rain.

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Couture Carrie said...

So fun, darling!
Love your look!


The Fashionilla said...

Kinda jealous you got to see all those bands! Despite all the mud it probably was amazing!

All the best!



Kavery said...

Love going to festivals though I don't go to many these days. Waiting to see Def Leppard in October!

Clare said...

You look fantastic! I love your ombro hair and your carefree rocker chic look. I think this is your signature look, you look amazing when you rock out!

Bad Joan said...

Looks like a fun festival!


Michelle Lee said...

Looks so fun :)


Kristin said...

Looks awesome! I've been to the Warped Tour and it was crazy muddy too!

Hazel said...

I'd love to go if I didn't have to camp (and I say that as someone who enjoys camping - just not with thousands of others!)
Great wellies x

Natasha said...

never been to that festival :) but I go to Exit in Novi Sad each year :)

Hannah said...

Oh you didn't watching Jimmy Eat World on day 2, they were so good. Must say I thought The Strokes were better than Pulp even though I'm a big fan of both. I'd seen Pulp before though so it was all about seeing The Strokes for the first time ever. We also saw Edward Sharpe who was really good and Two Door Cinema Club. We were around the main stage for The National, didn't know why they were but I wasn't too impressed. This was my 7th time at Reading/Leeds and the very first time it was muddy =(

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