View Full Version : Anyone at Readin or Leeds???

Flexing Wings
08-29-2005, 12:50 PM
Post the bands that did it for you!

Mine were (less a few I can't think of with out line-up jobby):

Capdown, Dead 60's, the Death Below, Juliette and the Licks, Dwarves... QUEENS, FOOS, PIXIES (WOOOOO!!!), Maiden, Maz...

Er... I really should remember more than that (too much self-abuse maybe?)

And anyone catch the riots at Leeds hahahaha


08-29-2005, 03:35 PM
didnt go myslef although i really wanted to! someone i know went to leeds! im seeing them tomorow so will have to get all the ins and outs!

08-29-2005, 03:39 PM
I saw Dead 60's at Warped, they fucking rock! Capdown played? That's pretty fucking boss. I want to go sometime, even though it's an ocean away.

08-29-2005, 03:51 PM
yeah. Damn Atlantic :mad:

08-29-2005, 06:01 PM
didn't catch No Comply?

08-30-2005, 03:44 AM
was down at the front for razorlight, they were cool. foo fighters the highlight for me, i've never been so mentally high and physically exhausted at the same time! subways were really good aswell. a little disapointed by incubus, thought they deserved a longer set and coulda played much better songs than they did, and obviously iron maiden were amazing live.

Flexing Wings
08-31-2005, 08:25 AM
9ot line-up jobby... (apolo9ise for the 9's but my 'g' key is actin9 up -that one alone took to lon9 to do)

*kin9s of leon, Incubus (but their set was disapointin9ly short), Dreadzone... Rise A9ainst, Ralph Myerz, Ei9hteen Visions...

didn't catch No Comply?

Nah, for the same reason I missed My Chemical Romance... stupid Leeds (have been at Readin9 for the last 3 years so was dissapointed anyway when tickets sold out in 2 days, bloody Radio One whoring the Festival, bah... but other that the security and riots, Leeds was 9ood) security slowing up the entry... (they were on first... and despite leavin9 45mins before they were on, we still missed their sets... ) FUCKING fuckers.


foo fighters the highlight for me, i've never been so mentally high and physically exhausted at the same time!

Totally, they were awesome... the only shame was that it was only me and a buddy of mine out of our whole clan that really 9ot into it... but your description is definitely accurate!

a little disapointed by incubus, thought they deserved a longer set and coulda played much better songs than they did.

Hahaha Didn't see that... did you have as much as of a hard time reco9nisin9 'Under My Umbrella'... that has such a 9reat riff as well... but his vocals were ban9 on as usual thou9h...

08-31-2005, 09:52 AM
Did anyone see Alkaline trio there?

08-31-2005, 10:40 AM
I heard some kid blew his nuts off at Reading after jumping a campfire with a gas canister on it :rolleyes:

08-31-2005, 11:10 AM
so many exploding cans on the last night i reckon plenty of people blew off body parts! i did indeed catch alkaline trio, nothing much to report bout'em, most of the crowd that saw them was waiting for funeral for a friend. as for incubus, brandon's vocals were amazing. i don't know how someone can sing that good live but he does it everytime. the only thing hotter than brandon's vocals and the heat ofcourse was when he took his shirt off... what a guy :D lol

08-31-2005, 01:33 PM

I had this great view on the Lock Up/Concrete Jungle stage on Saturday. Unfortunately that's all my pass was good for (cheap organisers and their passes).

Saw, Million Dead, Dinosaur Jr, some Arcade Fire (I don't get it why so many people like them even after seeing them), Bad Religion and whatever of the Foos that I heard/saw as I was leaving to catch my train.

08-31-2005, 02:44 PM
I heard some kid blew his nuts off at Reading after jumping a campfire with a gas canister on it :rolleyes:

I took this from another forum, I just copied and pasted the whole thing but its worth reading:


OK, please read if you went to READING and LEEDS festivals this year, and even if you didn't go read it... This is disgraceful, it really is.
Anybody that was involved in the offences documented within this bulletin you are fucking scum, and I hope you perish and burn on the nearest thing that you blow up or set fire too you fucking selfish bastards.

im not a user of this or any festival Forums , but i work at Reading every year as one of those guys u see on the towers in your camp sites and had to Find somewhere where people who go to reading can read what i have to say .

we are from dc site services and work many festivals including leeds and glastonbury .. our works site is www.dcsiteservices.com

i had to find a forum , and at least try to describe to you guys , what its like from my point of view , i have been working at reading now for 7 years , firstly on the towers , and then other stuff. ive seen many things from dudes sellin weed , jumpin fences , robbing tents , rape , robbery , fraud and confiscation of glass bottles by stupid scottish security guards (and u know they drink them ) To evictions , streakers , mass riots and staff being mutilated.

But this year took the piss , and im about to tell u why.

Our Job Description is a "safety Steward" which means , we are there to help you guys , when your lost , f*cked up , Youve been robbed , theres a fire , any first aid (including emergencies) etc etc etc , Basically those dudes with STEWARD (not the oxfam ones) on their jackets , are there to save your ass. u need help of any kind , they are the ones to ask , we are Security with Brains , We control the campsite.
There are 300 stewards (150 working at anytime) , 1700ish security , and 20 police on site workin at anytime , the security are responcible for policing the site and handin over bad bad boys to the police etc , we are responcible for gettin teh security to where they are needs , fire brigade to where their needed , and paramedics , and anything on the campsite ...

On sunday night This year i was working in the yellow Area , on one of the towers , now , ive seen some shit in the past 7 years , and evicted some right tits , who have been stealing from your tents , robbing your stuff , setting fire to your tents , well as i got on this tower in the early hours of the morning , i was informed it had been bottled by campers like 15 mins earlier ...so the staff that were on it , had to go sort themselves out , me and my colleague had been drafted in to help for an hour or so ...

when we got there there were 6 fires in a 1000metre radius from the tower , we have 10 exinguishers and 9 had been used , huge Gas canisteres were being thrown on to fires as well as deoderant cans and camping stoves , so there were 2 or 3 explosions per minute , mushrooms of fire and shrapnel in the darkness

The lights in Yellow had been knocked out by someone throwing toilet roll over the Light strings and Burning it , snapping the wire , and killing the generators curcuits , so its pitch black , all u can see are explosions and 1000`s of people around them . (we are supposed to put these out , even with 1000 rioting kids around them )
During all this , a lad appeared at the bottom of the tower , told my colleague that his girlfriend had been trampled in their tent by 200 rampaging lads , and had a serious back injury , i called in an emergency medic response and told my colleague to keep her still and find where she was to guide the ambulance in,
Pretty bad , all my roads are blocked by fires and explosions and 1000`s of u lot rampaging . i had called our fire rescue to come and deal with one of our larger fires as literrally 1000`s of campers had gathered round. . luckily this engine arrived quickly as it was local , and proceeded to clear a path towared the girl with a back injury to Cut her out of her tent . i was awaiting the ambulance still , bare in mind im gettin bottled 20 metres in the air , in darkness , mid riot .

i look down to watch the security drinkin their F*kin coffee , as my colleague fights his way thought a riot in a steward tabard trying to help this girl and hes gettin missiled ,the tabard is like a target. ... i notice a Lad aged about 15 heading to my tower Clutching his Crotch area , im 20 metres in the air and as he staggers towards the tower i can see the blood literally gushing from his lower chest / genitals . i see him collapse in front of my tower on to a camping chair and im lookin Directly down onto him , i see my colleage ( a 26 yr old grown man) go white in half a second , then the security guard panic , then i see the lad pull his t-shirt up , and trousers down , he moved his hand of his groin , and i saw the blood literlly piss out all over the floor , his nuts were no longer there and there was a hole in his stomach , this lad saw this and just blacked out instantly and fell off the chair ......
My radio is going Nuts with riots everywhere , Fires everywhere , people pushing over ice cream vans , catering stalls setting fire to tents , and THROWING GAS CANISTERS IN FIRES , im trying to get through to my control .... This lad , had walked past a fire that someone had thrown a canister on , and got hit by shrapnel . and now , while your all rioting , hes dying at the bottom of my tower , Gushing blood , and im trying to help him , being bottled for 40 quid for a 12 hour shift.

i managed to get though to control , and request an serious serious proper uber large emergency unconsious casualty with multiple injuries losing blood fast , my fire engine was dealing with my back injury casualty , and we diverted Her ambulance to the lad who now has no sex life to look forward to , at 15.

the girl was cut from her tent and got taken off site within an hour. i spoke to paramedics at 7am who confirmed the lad had been taken offsite too ,and was stable but obviously in hospital .

Dudes , im in my early 30`s and after we got off that tower , me and my colleage , both 6foot odd strappin lads who u wouldnt wanna mess with , were in shock and crying , that poor lad , jesus ........

ive met some great people at festivals in 7 years , saved some lives , made some friends , evicted some twats ,

but my point is this , it was me - or that lad ,

either i had gone and put all those 6 fires out with my 1 extinguisher against 2000 rioting nutters on each fire who would have batered me or worse as i put a fire out a canister exploded and i end up where that lad is , or YOU GUYS get injured cos we cant help you cos you have stretched us to the limit with all your gay stuff.

its your lives ,we are there to help Y0u.

i wont be there to help u guys anymore im afraid , i cant go back after seeing that lad , im still in shock even now. a few of you reading this will laugh and say hahaha good riddance , but ive seen all our experienced staff disapear over the years .. for teh same reason as me . and now u are gettin 16-18 year old kids who have never seen a festival .

i hope u guys read this and at least 1 person listens .

08-31-2005, 07:20 PM
yeah thats been doing the rounds on quite a few forums

09-01-2005, 01:01 PM
... when i was robbed at 5am from my tent at last year's reading the security guards shrugged and said there was fuck all they could do bout it. odd to see their job from their own perspective. they see themselves as heros, i saw them as insensitive twats. interesting...

09-01-2005, 02:53 PM
by the sounds of what went on, im not sure if the festival will still be around in a few years if this sorta thing continues!

09-02-2005, 02:39 AM
from what i've heard there won't be a venue anyway. the guy that owns the land wants to sell (feel free anyone to confirm / deny this) so there's nowhere to hold it after 2006 unless mean fiddler can find another venue or some way of keeping the rights to have it there. the events of this year were over the top on the last night, it was very obvious the only people with any control over the campsite were those setting fire to their own and other people's tents, they were the ones that determined where the security went, who slept, who sat up all night to keep an eye on the burning tent next to them, where the bottles of piss would land etc... maybe the thought of a near riot is enough to make the guy sell his land willingly, i wouldnt't blame him!

09-02-2005, 03:02 AM
by the sounds of what went on, im not sure if the festival will still be around in a few years if this sorta thing continues!

Glastonbury isn't going to be on next year, and if stupid shit like this continues, I doubt many others will either.

09-02-2005, 03:18 AM
the only reason glastonbury isn't on is coz every few years they give the field a rest by cancelling the festival for a year, nothing unusual about it and nothing to do with crowd behaviour i understand. after the flooding this year i'd guess the field needs all the rest it can get so maybe they bought the rest year forward or something? i dunno. they're already selling tickets for next year's reading though so no worries there

09-02-2005, 03:20 AM
Man people are so fucking stupid.

Keep the festival in place, just have better/tougher security. No volunteers but a real core of armed police or even military security. And declare martial law.

09-02-2005, 03:28 AM
hell, more of it would do! volunteers, with the proper training is a good way of making the place secure but this is how i see it. glastonbury has fake tents on the campsites with police in to catch thieves / vandals / whatever else. leeds has campsite teams which have their own huge tent, easily seen, open 24 hours for assistance and to put people off from doing stuff in the first place.
reading has a man on a tower with a walkie talkie... im surprised it took this long for serious trouble to start!
more men reading, more men!!!!!

09-03-2005, 11:33 AM
i know some people that went to leeds and theyve said they would never go again because of everything theyve read about what went on, luckily they left early missing the headline band on sunday, they said you could sense an atmosphere and something was about to kick off. people were trying to buy their wristbands as they left, so thats probably how a load of people who shouldnt have been there ended up getting in!