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Reading Festival review: Sunday

Reading Festival review: Sunday

Reading Festival review: Sunday

Sunday at Reading Festival 2014 featured some surprises and one or two trips down memory lane to send audiences home happy after a weekend of excess.

It's not 2001, but you could still find Papa Roach up on the main stage and they weren't half bad as energetic frontman Jacopy Shaddix whipped up the audience through a set spanning songs from the last decade and a half.

Up next, the sound of thousands of teenage girls' screams welcomed Sleeping With Sirens, fronted by the vocal range and screams of pretty-boy Kellin Quinn.

The young lad has substance to go with the style though as the crowd swelled to take in a fine display from the Floridian post-hardcore mob.

As it turned out, everything up to that point had been just been an appetiser for A Day To Remember.

The crowd exploded seconds into their first song and continued to cause mayhem through 45-minutes of jams which also featured their lead singer zorbing over the crowd.

A trip over to the Lock Up stage provided an avenue for the original rock spirit of the festival - from the pop-punk of The Wonder Years to the heaviest attractions of the day in the form of bludgeoning hardcore from Every Time I Die and Letlive. 

There was also the sight of Frank Turner abandonning his usual folk style to roar into the mic and leap around with his hardcore trio - Möngöl Hörde. Great stuff.

Finally, another trip back in time to the late 90s and early 00s for pop-punk pioneers Blink-182.

Hearing anthems like The Rock Show, What's My Age Again, All the Small Things and Dammit were a reminder of just how much fun you can have watching a bunch of dads perform songs about girlfriends and toilet humour.

By far and away the most fun headline act of the entire weekend.


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