Reading & Leeds Festivals are a highlight of the year, the natural end to a long summer of festivals. Here’s Eudaemonia’s highlights from this year’s edition.
The South London outfit now lead a whole generation of upcoming bands from the capital. Upping production at their debut Reading & Leeds main-stage outing with huge inflatable clowns, their sound is like a metaphorical circus of great lyricism and catchy guitar hooks.
Intense, spirited and relevant, tracks such as ‘Concrete’ and ‘Gold Hole’ were well received in the rain drenched Reading field. With another album to come, it’s clear that we’re still yet to see the golden age of Shame, If their Reading & Leeds sets are anything to go by, they’ll be topping festival bills in no time!
It felt like their 2015 set was Slaves’ moment, people doubted the credentials of their second album. But no, they returned in 2018 in some style, reinvigorated by the release of August’s Acts Of Fear And Love, it may have even been their best Reading & Leeds to date!
With the tent bursting, the duo were on fine form. A mix of old tracks and new sent the youthful crowd into a frenzy. ‘Sockets’ and a cover of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’ mixed well with new hits like ‘Chokehold.’ With a headline tour in the pipeline, Slaves are in the form of their lives.
The Blinders are ferocious, perhaps THE new name to look out for in 2018. They topped the BBC Introducing stage this year, but it won’t be long before they’re in the mix on the Reading & Leeds main-stage.
They’re hosting a never ending party in their somewhat fictional very much relevant world of Columbia. Tracks such as ‘Brutus’ and ‘Brave New World’ epitomise this perfectly, a mix of intensity and strong lyricism which does not look out of place amongst the steep history of Reading & Leeds.
One of Scotland’s greatest secrets set to follow the likes of Shambolics, Vida and Gerry Cinnamon over the next year or so. The Dunts are relevant, memorable and effortlessly cool, their Reading & Leeds sets only proved this even more so.
Echoey guitar riffs and strong vocals bounced out around a large stage, though The Dunts looked at home. Their confidence is impressive and their swaggering sound back it up, ‘Witch Hunt’ is no doubt one of their finest festival anthems.
This band are going to go far!
Perhaps their biggest festival set to date, Wolf Alice are enjoying a fine 2018. Their reading set merged two albums of hits, fast paced anthems mixed with more delicate, quieter tracks and (yes, really) an engagement!
It was a step up, they headlined the Radio One stage in their own right, somewhere they made headlines back in 2015. Visions Of A Life has propelled them to these heights which are only going to get bigger in years to come. Their Reading & Leeds headline sets were nothing short of special!
Arguably the UK’s greatest right now, Dua Lipa has gone from strength to strength since releasing her self titled debut outing. Her performance was typically energetic, with 90s inspired clothing and upbeat sound.
Despite the fact that the album is no more than a year out, her singles have rapidly become chart hits. ‘New Rules’ and ‘One Kiss’ are groundbreaking. It is clear that the London star is destined for the headline slots in years to come.
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