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Reading & Leeds 2014: Saturday Review + Rolling Updates

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Rock Sound 23 August 2014 at 10.00

Reading & Leeds day two is go! We're on site at Leeds all weekend and this page is your one-stop shop for all of the photos, videos, reviews and more from Saturday. Big day today: we've got Gerard Way, Deaf Havana, Mallory Knox, Twin Atlantic, Enter Shikari, Brody Dalle, Jimmy Eat World, Queens Of The Stone Age and Paramore to come. Phew! Missed the Friday action? Catch up on Friday's review + rolling updates page.

2330: Paramore were brilliant tonight. Is there a better band in rock music? Andy Biddulph doesn't think so...
Paramore are a big band. Paramore are a successful band. But are Paramore festival headliners? Of course they bloody well are. Unless you have your head buried in the rapidly deepening mud during an opening 'Still Into You' (or a closing 'Ain't It Fun', for that matter), this band are on top form, and one of the tightest live bands in the world. Shoving admittedly impressive co-headliners Queens Of The Stone Age firmly in their shade, they rattle through the likes of 'That's What You Get' and 'For A Pessimist, I'm Pretty Optimistic' like it's nothing, while Jeremy, Taylor and ex-Underoath drummer Aaron Gillespie thump, peel and crash along to Hayley Williams' pitch-perfect pipes respectively. A mid-set roar through 'Pressure' and 'Brick By Boring Brick' is aided and abetted by Duracell Williams' seemingly limitless energy and keeps the tempo up around oh, around 100 miles per hour. A brief reprieve comes in the form of a heart-rending 'The Only Exception', but they're soon right back up to speed again as Williams and Co. spit through an outrageously huge 'Brick By Boring Brick', drag a fan onstage to shout along to 'Misery Business' and a move, shake and jive through glorious closer 'Ain't It Fun', for which Hayley's sister twirls onstage with aplomb. There's ticker tape everywhere and "PARAMORE" is flashing behind them, but we already know their name, and we're having the most fun we've had at a festival in years. This is the shot in the arm that the UK festival circuit has been crying out for, and proof beyond all doubt that this Paramore are one of the very best rock bands on the planet. What a night."

For 24 photos of Paramore betting utterly fucking flawless, go here.

2104: Andy Ritchie is back from Queens Of The Stone Age. He knows nothing about football.
"Queens Of The Stone Age have a full-blown headline set in them, and by all accounts, they let it out last night in down south. Sharing the co-headline slot means that yesterday they got the proper headline slot above Paramore, and today they precede them. And the end result of that is half an hour of Queens Of The Stone Age delivering the early-evening performance they've been churning out for years - many of those times on this very stage - and then 45 minutes of exceptional rock 'n' roll spectacle. The slow start is compounded by a horrific rain shower some 20 minutes in, but as it clears and the wheels of 'Feel Good Hit Of The Summer' start turning, it becomes that set they've been hinting at all their career. There are no lasers today (earlier stage time, still daylight, wouldn't work), but the subsequent hit parade of 'The Lost Art Of Keeping A Secret', 'I Sat By The Ocean', 'Sick, Sick, Sick' and 'Go With The Flow' make up for lost time and production. It all ends on a crushing 'A Song For The Dead', complete with drum solo bridge, a "holy shit that was awesome" from Josh Homme, a drag of a cigarette and the track's final riff bonanza to send them off into the night. A spectacular ending, but next time play the full 90 minutes, Josh."

Full gallery of Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds 

2055: Hayley Williams is watching Queens Of The Stone Age, then.


2040: Oh, and if you missed it - Enter Shikari got a little more messy earlier. That dive.

2025: Reviews Ed. Andy Biddulph has just had a stroll down memory lane with Jimmy Eat World. Here's what he reckoned to their second set of the day.
"Having already played one set at over on the main stage, Jimmy Eat World are being greedy this weekend and grabbing another 50 or so minutes over on the Lock Up stage. Did we mention they're playing classic album 'Futures' in full in their second slot of the day? Yeah, they're playing their fifth album in full to mark its tenth anniversary. As a result, it's pretty easy to guess how their set goes. Pausing only for the odd, "Thank you so much," Jim Adkins and Co. rattle through the title track, stalk through 'Just Tonight' and jaunt through 'Work' like it's, err, 2004. More introspective closing duo 'Night Drive' and '23' are less ready-made for a festival crowd, but are engaging enough all the same, and blow the candles on their seminal album's birthday in style. 'Other' favourites 'Sweetness' and 'The Middle' follow and impress, but tonight is only about one album, and that's 'Futures'."


1850: Andy Ritchie went to witness the Brody Dalle experience over in the Lock Up Tent. These are his thoughts.
"Gravel-throated Brody Dalle is one those people who fills a room with presence. Like a Gerard Way or a Hayley Williams, or even a Josh Homme, her stage stance is recognisable from silhoutte alone (leaning slightly towards the mic, neck strained slightly and lips curled with her trademark snarl) and her voice is, well, it's Brody Dalle, isn't it? Today she mightn't be playing to the biggest crowd of her life, but the scattered thousands inside the Lock Up remain transfixed from gritty start to frantic finish. There's something very homely about her approach to performing, too - the pace is fast, the song changeovers are minimal (just enough time for her to tune up, and how often do you see anyone doing that job themselves these days?) and the spark she ignites in the likes of 'Rat Race', 'Don't Mess With Me' and yep, even a quick blast of Distillers classic 'Dismantle Me' is one that only Brody could. If punk rock is playing your songs in the truest form on a stage like this, then Brody remains punk rock's queen."

1750: Enter Shikari have completed Ryan Bird's triple threat of UK bands. They were very Enter Shikari about it, too.

"Enter Shikari. Main stage at Reading & Leeds. Two years after they last did it in their normal guise (Shikari Sound System). You know the drill by now, and given that they've always been nothing less than decent at their worst, today was always going to be a success. With hundreds sprinting towards the stage as Johnny Cash's 'Ring Of Fire' ushers in their arrival, what follows is as successful, inclusive and as downright reliable as we've come to expect. There's the sheer silly-bastardness and mass hand claps of 'Sorry You're Not A Winner', the hulking slab of electro-driven metal that provoke utter bedlam in 'Radiate', and Rou Reynolds' passionate speeches on pressing social issues (in this case racism, sexism, 'the one per cent' and the NHS) that precede a booming run through new song 'Anaesthetist' - all of which combine to create a set every bit as solid as we've come to expect. Same again next year, lads?"
Our full gallery of Enter Shikari is right here. Warning: it gets ridiculous.

1710: Ryan Bird is loving British rock today. Here's his take on Twin Atlantic's offering a few moments ago.
"With one of the UK's finest already down in terms of owning the second stage, Twin Atlantic have got a lot to live up to this afternoon. Almost inevitably, though, it's a test they pass with flying colours. Entering to a deafening roar on the back of an impromptu rendition of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' from the crowd, they don't just rise to the occasion, but shine in the process. There can only be a handful of people joining in when they belt out a stadium-sized 'Brothers And Sisters', and the fact that they get easily 90% of a packed tent to kneel on the muddy ground before heading for the heavens during 'Free' is impressive, even before you consider the sheer magic of the song itself. It's memorable, magical and very much feels like yet another landmark moment in Twin Atlantic's already distinguished career. In the next five years, they could genuinely headline this thing."

1630: Mallory Knox just hit the second stage, and Ryan Bird was there to witness another impressive showing from the Cambridge boys.
"Exactly one year ago today, Mallory Knox found themselves opening the Leeds main stage in front of the biggest crowd of their career. Today's soft top crowd may be smaller, but from the moment they open with new single 'Ghost In The Mirror' they have a nonetheless substantial crowd eating out of their hands. The singalong and tent-wide sea of hand claps that greets 'Wake Up' is mightily impressive (and that's without mentioning the bloody massive "woah-oh" factor involved), while 'Death Rattle', 'Hello' and a predictably humongous 'Lighthouse' stretch the vocal chords of almost everyone present. Another Leeds Festival, another job very much done."

1555: Reviews Ed. Andy Biddulph just watched Deaf Havana be good, then iffy, then good again. Here's what he made of it all.
"Deaf Havana opened up the main stage of this festival back in 2012. They looked completely at home back then, and in the meantime they've impressed enough to be invited back a little further up the bill. The promotion is justified. Opening with a peel through 'Smiles All Round' and throwing a rollicking '22' into the mix, it's only when frontman James Veck-Gilodi ditches his guitar on 'Anemophobia' that things begin to grind to a halt. The six-piece have no problem filling the stage physically, but still contrive to sound a little bare at times. Thankfully, the lull is a short-lived one. They pick out Bill Bailey watching on from the balcony ("You've caught us on our most boring song. For fuck's sake, Bill" says a typically self-deprecating Veck-Gilodi), before amping up the melodrama on 'Hunstanton Pier' and bombastic closer 'Caro Padre'. If they can bring in bodies as fast as they're evolving, who knows where they'll end up in two years' time."

Hello, James. More photos of Deaf Havana are in our gallery.

1548: #internet

1430: There's now a full gallery of photos from Gerard Way's set right here. Just look at that suit!

1312: Before it started raining all of the rain it ever did rain, Twin Atlantic's Sam McTrusty gave us his 15 seconds (and decided to go on a little run). Look how sunny it is. This was literally 15 minutes ago!

1311: IT'S RAINING :(

1251: Editor Ryan Bird just caught Gerard Way's solo slot. It was a grower, apparently.
"So here we are. It's taken 18 months of mystery and uncertainty, but as morning hands over to afternoon, Gerard Way is finally back. A half full tent might be a million miles away from when he was last here headlined the entire festival with My Chemical Romance, but today his performance is every bit as dedicated as it was then. Appearing in a bright blue suit with dyed orange hair and matching tie, he cuts a suave and sophisticated figure, sweeping across the stage as those gathered scream for his every move. "I'm sorry that you don't know any of these songs," he jests midway through proceedings, "but you're going to love them anyway." The accuracy of his final statement will only be measured next month once his 'Hesitant Alien' debut is released, but today he seems pretty on point with his claims, as his distinctly British-sounding indie rock turns a decent percentage of an audience of past disciples and curious onlookers into genuine fans in a little over thirty minutes. This is just the beginning, but the future looks bright. Welcome back, you wonderful bastard."

1226: OH GOSH.


1100: Goooood morning! We're up and raring to go for day two of Leeds Festival, but while we're waiting for all the bands to wake up, why not have a look over what we saw yesterday?

There was cartwheeling from A Day To Remember....

Freestyle rapping from Neck Deep....

Roaring from Tonight Alive...

High-fiving from You Me At Six...

Fire from Blink-182....

And so, so much more!



For all of our Friday coverage, with photos and reviews of Blink-182, A Day To Remember, You Me At Six, Sleeping With Sirens, Papa Roach, Tonight Alive, The Story So Far, Baby Godizlla and LOADS more, dive on over to our Friday live updates page, or take a look at the individual photo galleries on our photos page.

See you back here at midday for some Gerard Way action!

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