Despite the ongoing debate as to whether you should head to Reading & Leeds Festival or save your pennies and stay at home. You cannot discredit the atmosphere when those festival arena gates open and thousands of eager fans come piling in to see their favourite acts.
We’ve managed to get backstage at this years BBC Radio 1 stage at Reading. And what an experience it is.
Stood on stage gazing out at the green abyss that swallows the far corners of the festival grounds, you can just tell that this is the path of legends.
With the likes of Nothing But Thieves, Wolf Alice and secret-set-act, Bring Me The Horizon, this is certainly a tent that beholds a great day of musical talent.
Sounds like a Storm
Opening the southern edition of RandL, Leeds rockers Sounds like a Storm bring their raucous set to the stage. Filled with known tracks such as ‘Blind & Deaf’ and ‘Emission’, along with unreleased tracks, such as ICM favourite ‘God’. This deep, intense sound filled the tent, vibrating the ears of the legendary music fans first into the fest.
Sounds like a Storm have recently been featured on ICM TV performing two yet-to-be-released tracks and a cover of the iconic ‘Tainted Love’.
Speaking to SLAS drummer, Joseph Schofield, about their first RandL performance, he explained that, “compared to the gigs that we’ve done, to go from playing our biggest venue of 900 capacity to a tent that holds 10,000 people, is unreal.”.
Heading back to their hometown, Leeds, ready for their Saturday performance, frontman Sennen Ludman said he has “no expectations for the set. It’ll be a lifetime experience no matter what.”, he then went to state that he wants “a hometown vibe. Being from Leeds we want it to be a homecoming and to see the familiar faces that have always supported us.”.
You can catch Sounds like a Storm’s second RandL set at Leeds on Saturday at 12 PM in the BBC Radio 1 tent.
Futuresound Ones To Watch
The four Northern lads won the opportunity through Futuresound Event’s Emerging competition along with Teeff, Household Dogs and Tranqua Lite (who you can catch at the BBC introducing stage across the weekend. Speaking about the competition, lead guitarist, Cormac Connolly said, “based on previous competitions I thought we had no chance.” When finding out his band had won he said, “my mind went blank”.
The future looks bright for this upcoming band, and also the others that grace the stages at Reading and Leeds. Be a true music fan and venture into the festival arena early to catch the futures headliners.
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