- Thu, 2009-09-03 14:10
I Like Music headed along to Reading 2009 to chat to the crowd, find out their musical highlights, their 2009 festival delights and much more...
Ah, the joys that come with the no strings attached, forget-the-real-world, stay up past your bedtime party atmosphere of the festival. Simply cast your eyes away from the stage and you are sure to see something that defies explanation and exceeds utter brilliance all in one go...
We saw a man being arrested because he wouldn't let go of his beer. Simon, 18, Kent
Lots of men in dresses. Why do boys always wear dresses at festivals? Jess, 22, Winchester
We saw people doing human jousting. There were four guys on each others shoulders. The ones on top had beer boxes on their heads and sticks made out of taped beer cans. Mike, 16, Swindon
My mate was sick in his own hands during Placebo. Jack, 18, Woking
It's my friend's first festival, she got caught in a circle pit! She just wandered un-knowingly into the calm before the storm! Louise, 21, Oxford
From first timers, locals and veterans, we kept it simple - What's good? What's not?
This is my first festival. And I'll be coming back next year. And the year after that. James, 18, Basingstoke
I'd like to see more incorporation of Drum n Bass, I reckon it goes well with festivals and Rock. Alex, 30, Reading
I been coming for the last twenty years. It's gotten milder. Less heavy bands. Last year was one of the best though. Metallica were fantastic. Rage were incredible. Steve, 54, Cardiff
Prodigy should have headlined instead of Arctic Monkeys. Kaiser Chiefs should have headlined instead of Kings of Leon. Tom, 18, Basingstoke
Everyone's been really friendly. The toilets are a lot better here than at Benicassim! Penny, 23, Newcastle
The Arctic Monkeys debate:
The Saturday night headliners seemed to have caused a stir amongst most punters we chatted to. Though their third studio album Humbug went straight into the UK album chart at number one, some still needed convincing...
Arctic Monkey's were a bit of a let down after The Prodigy. They kind of bowed out. Basically they couldn't follow The Prodigy and I think they just gave a half hearted performance. A lot of people left. Jennifer, 24, The Wirrell
I came back for Arctic Monkey's. They were awesome, they sounded awesome! They were a bit slow and they didn't play all their biggest hits, which is perhaps why people didn't like them as much. Scott, 18, Surrey
They just played loads of stuff I'd never heard. Ben, 16, Brighton
I wanted to love them, but it just didn't live up. They didn't even play Mardy Bum. Tony, 34, London
Them Crooked Vultures Secret Gig
All hail the power trio of the recently formed super group. Foo Fighter's Dave Grohl on drums, Queens of The Stone Age's Josh Homme on vocals and guitar, and Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones on bass. With rumours of an appearance circling after a last minute support slot for Arctic Monkeys the week before, the lucky few with their ears to the ground stumbled upon a Reading Festival first for Them Crooked Vultures.
I missed it and now I want to go home. Louis, 17, Kent
We worked it out from the line up. There was a free slot. Patrick Wolf had like two hours. During Eagles of Death Metal they showed Dave Grohl on the screen at the side of the stage, then they went toward the back and Josh Homme was there too. Mark, 17, Chichester
I got lots of drink spillt on me and I was nailed into the sides, but it was fucking quality. Stephen, 17, Chichester
It sounded quite like Queens of The Stone Age. Josh was good. Dave was better, everyone loves Dave. Alex, 18, Bristol
They played for about 45 minutes. They looked good, really together. Everytime Dave Grohl came on the screen everyone just went mental. They didn't say much, just the names of the songs. Jake, 20, Bath
Reading 2009 Crowd Choice Award...
As un-biased as we are, the I Like Music choice leans toward the greatness that is Radiohead, who stormed through what could be described as a greatest hits set, opening with Creep and including new track These Are My Twisted Words. We caught up with festival goers prior to the weekend's closing set to see who had royaly rocked their socks so far...
The Prodigy were absolutley epic. They were the best thing by far. You couldn't move! And there were loads of circle pits! Plus they played loads of their old stuff! Sarah, 23, Oxford
The Prodigy. The Prodigy. The Prodigy. Everyone was going mental! Dan, 19, Milton Keynes
The Prodigy are just one of those bands aren't they? They're so loud. They fucking go for it. You can't not love them. Tom, 20, Milton Keynes
The Prodigy should have headlined. The Arctic Monkey's didn't stand a chance after that. Dave, 21, Luton
Eagles of Death Metal were superb. Absolutley superb. Sam, 16, Newbury
Definitely Eagles of Death Metal. They absolutley caned it. Luke, 16, Bracknell
Eagles. By far my favourite all festival. Ed, 23, Norfolk
The Gaslight Anthem killed it. George, 18, Andover
Alexisonfire, I never thought I'd like them, but live they were incredible. Their singer/guitarist is really good. Rich, 18, Northampton
Placebo of course, me and my mate just stood mesmerised by the drumming. Matt, 18, Oxford
When I grow up I want to be Karen-O. Haha! Will, 18, Hertfordshire