Reading Festival has been home to some utterly amazing headline acts over the years. 2017 though saw a raft of future headliners gracing the Jack Rocks/This Feeling Stage, 44 bands from everywhere in the UK all of whom deserve at least a few minutes of your time, the talent pool is so deep you could drown in new music.
The Jack Rocks 7 were all playing, 7 must see bands handpicked for the UK festival season, Bang Bang Romeo, The Wholls, Trampolene, Broken Witt Rebel, White Room, Sundowners and The Blinders will be written about by many and with good reason, stellar performances from them all.
Hot on their heels of those seven are a raft of talented young bands you should be looking out for.
It all kicked all off with Anteros, first time catching them but I had heard plenty of good things. They did not disappoint, sensational rock with a distinctive pop edge to their songs. And what a lead singer, stunning looks and stage presence with outstanding vocals to match. Ones to keep an eye on, they have everything needed to be playing bigger stages and crowds.
You will kick yourself if you don’t get out and see Strange Bones soon, the Blackpool four piece is a mind blowing live experience, punk infused rock with anthemic choruses which seem to be hard wired to your brain after only a couple of listens, less in some cases as you find yourself surfing to the front to scream them back at the band.
Yorkshires Avalanche Party, a 5-piece playing garage punk rock bring an intense and raw performance to the stage with layer upon layer of sound. Vocals are delivered with venom and passion by Jordan Bell throughout and the level of brilliance is only surpassed when he dives into the crowd like a man possessed, an amazing aural and visual performance!
London’s False Heads are on the cusp of exciting times after the release of their debut EP Gutter Press. The summer has seen them thrilling audiences and that did not change at Reading, storming their set once again. The punk vocals and dirty grungy guitar riffs coupled with thunderous drums and equally heavy bass lines throughout all climaxing with the destruction of yet another guitar, utterly enthralling.
Breed is fuelled by heavy rock riffs and indie style vocals, making a deadly combo and one which should see this recently formed band rise quickly. They have a new single out soon and it sounded huge on the Reading stage, keep them on your radar.
Welsh band, Himalayas played their indie alt rock to a packed-out tent with the front row singing every word to latest single ‘Thank God I’m Not You’ The setlist is a great mixture of styles and tempo it culminates in what will surely become an anthem for the band as they move on to bigger things, ‘Heaven Knows’ it’s a slow burner, starting off quietly but it is so worth waiting for, building up to the rousing chorus, a future classic for sure.
Sheffield based Sheafs closed the stage on Sunday night and were typically brilliant, they never seem to hold anything in reserve, the set is always played like it’s the final night of an epic tour. Singer Lawrence whipped up the crowd into a frenzy with ease, Mind Pollution and ‘Not A Protest’ both sounding magnificent.