Ok, so we’ve been talking about the line-up of our truly local festival for what seems like years. And as you know, readers, we’ve got quite a family orientated approach to our reviews this summer so how is that going to play out in a Reading Festival review?
Well we’re looking out for certain things – and number one is a consideration of the local community and how we can collaborate in future years to come. Heads up to the organisers for giving us local people a chance to review and publish our findings.
Musically, we all know there are some absolute greats for which the festival is famed – this year included from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure to A$AP Rocky.
Locally, however, the Festival isn’t always popular – hoards of teenagers lugging hoards of beers and spirits around in wheel barrows of some kind and being walked over by alcohol famished festival lovers in the local Tesco’s isn’t exactly conducive to winning over the locals.
I myself have never been before and I was expecting the worst.
Well this is what I found: insert pic of happy teenager in hat
Never met a friendlier, more open bunch at a festival other than Womad probably. Cheery despite the rain and with all the right attitudes from what I could see, there was a much more positive atmosphere than I’d expected, even got asked on one occasion when I was alone if I wanted to join a bunch of young people (being not so young, I was particularly flattered). Ambiance when I was around I have to say 10 out of 10, nearly said 9 and then couldn’t think of a reason not to go higher.
The turn out in the Alternative tent on the final day, Sunday, to hear Owen Jones rant about his view of a better world and how we could practically help was amazing, no sick piles in view or dastardly looking devils, a clean, alert and truly listening bunch showed up despite whatever hour they had finally fallen asleep – yours truly impressed older family person.