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Reading & Leeds: The Best Of The BBC’s Coverage Featuring Paramore, SWS, Gerard Way + More

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Rock Sound 26 August 2014 at 14.03

We might've spent the weekend at Leeds Festival bringing you all the live reviews and photos as the action happened, but this year, the BBC based themselves at Reading Festival for their video coverage. The good news is much of it has now made its way onto YouTube so you can catch up ANYWHERE! Here are some of our faves...


What we said about Young Guns at Leeds: "Aside from the odd one-off show or the occasional festival set, we've been pretty starved of Young Guns over the last two years. So it probably shouldn't come as any real surprise that they're greeted very warmly indeed this afternoon. Diving straight in with new single 'I Want Out', several thousand people begin treating the area in front of the main stage as their very own trampoline. "It feels like we've been waiting forever for today to arrive," smiles Gustav Wood shortly before they run through two presently untitled new tracks. Hugely electronic-influenced, they suggest a fairly hefty musical departure may not be far away, but judging by the muted response, today is perhaps not the time or the place for them to be unveiled. That said, when you've got songs as massive as 'Dearly Departed' and a quite stunning 'Bones' in your locker, you're never going to be too far away from victory. Which, for the most part, is exactly what today proves to be."
Read our full Friday review / flick through 14 photos of Young Guns at Leeds
 



What we said about Sleeping With Sirens at Leeds: "It's strange to think that Sleeping With Sirens only played their first UK headline shows 15 months ago, particularly when you see just how high they find themselves on today's main stage billing. Perhaps it's this relative lack of history that leads to the throng before them being a little smaller than a couple of the ones gathered earlier on in the day, but those here witness a set that deserves to reach more people. Using a couple of heavy duty missiles early on in the form of 'If You Can't Hang' and 'Here We Go', it's clear that grabbing attention early doors is the name of the game, and the dedicated mass that makes up the first few rows laps it up with aplomb. Everyone else, however, seems a little bemused. Sticking them on this stage this quickly after their British arrival was always going to be a hard sell, but if the response afforded to them by their own disciples is anything to go by, Sleeping With Sirens are a sight that the mainstream may well need to get used to. Because if nothing else, they're gunning for it."
Read our full Friday review / flick through 13 photos of SWS at Leeds

 

 



What we said about Papa Roach at Leeds: "When Papa Roach played Reading & Leeds for the first time some 13 years ago, to say that their sets were more like genuine moments would not be an exaggeration. Therefore, the fact that they're finally gracing the festivals with their presence again in 2014 is a genuinely big deal. Feeling like a homecoming of sorts, the one-time nu metal upstarts waste no time in making more than a few people froth at the mouth with a delicious one-two of 'Infest' and 'Between Angels And Insects', quickly setting the tone for a set built on smiles and good times. Grinning like a loon throughout, frontman Jacoby Shaddix looks as though he wouldn't want to be anywhere else today, even taking the time to expose his backside to the biggest crowd of the afternoon thus far. "We've been in this band since some of you were still shitting your pants," chuckles Shaddix. "Thank you for showing us some love today." He may have shown us more than we needed in return, but as the mass singalong that greets a particularly heartfelt 'Scars' and a positively riotous 'Last Resort' prove, love is very much the word to describe how Leeds feels about Papa Roach today."
Read our full Friday review / get up close with Jacoby in our photo gallery

 

 

 

 



What we said about Lower Than Atlantis at Leeds: "Today might be low on 'rock' compared to the rest of the weekend, but it doesn't take long for Lower Than Atlantis to satisfy the hunger of anybody looking for a riff-based fix this afternoon. Starting things off with a note-perfect 'If The World Was To End', today they're on pretty decent form, locking in to each groove seamlessly. "I know it's Sunday, and I know you're all knackered, but you don't want those southern fairies at Reading showing you up, do you?" asks Mike Duce three songs into proceedings, and the jumping fit that follows during '(Motor)Way Of Life' suggests that those present certainly aren't up for finishing second. There's even time for a quick circle pit, and although the inclusion of 'Another Sad Song' does contrast heavily with the sunny weather, there are enough voices singing the words to prevent it ruining the mood. The frontman's voice giving way during a closing duo of 'English Kids In America' and 'Here We Go' does take the gloss off things, but for the most part today remains a victory. Good effort, lads."
Read our full Sunday review / Flick through 9 photos of LTA at Leeds

 

 

 

 



What we said about Don Broco at Leeds: "Walking into a tent to find Don Broco orchestrating a huge pit is one of the better introductions of the weekend, but it isn't exactly the precursor to total mayhem it could've been. Plodding through their fourth Leeds set in as many years, the band break out a muddy 'Whole Truth' and surprisingly lacklustre newie 'Money, Power, Fame' before finally kicking into gear on a rousing 'Priorities', although even The Walk they bust out on that feels a little tired and hackneyed. Frontman Rob Damiani's childish shout of "Boobies!" doesn't help matters much (though neither does some lecherous camerawork, to be fair), but there are a few signs that this band are in desperate need of some new material. Although finale 'You Wanna Know' is catchy as ever, this half-hour feels a little like a Leeds Festival show too far, and on this showing, album number two really can't come soon enough."
Read our full Sunday review / hop on board with our to-the-stage gallery

 

 

 

 



What we said about Twin Atlantic at Leeds: "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."
Read our full Saturday review / check out our photos of their Leeds set

 

 

 

 



What we said about Enter Shikari at Leeds: "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?"
Read our full Saturday review / hop on board as we ride with them to the stage

 

 

 

 



What we said about Queens Of The Stone Age at Leeds: "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."
Read our full Saturday review / see what their Leeds set looked like with our gallery

 

 

 

 



What we said about Paramore at Leeds: "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."
Read our full Saturday review / gaze over the best 24 photos of Paramore you'll ever see

 

 

 

 



What we said about Mallory Knox at Leeds: "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."
Read our full Saturday review / flick through our gallery of their performance

 

 

 

 



What we said about Deaf Havana at Leeds: "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."
Read our full Saturday review / ride with us as we join them on stage at Leeds

 

 

 

 



What we said about Gerard Way at Leeds: 
Read our full Saturday review / have a look at seven of photos of G being super-sassy

For more video highlights of Reading Festival, head over to the BBC's iPlayer page, or their YouTube channel. Hats off to the beeb.
For all of our coverage, recap over on our Friday, Saturday and Sunday live updates page, and head over to our photos page for the best pics you'll see of the bands ANYWHERE. 

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