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Has anyone actually been to both, or does the rivalry run too deep? Is there any consensus?
I was worried this was going to happen.
I couldn't resist!
as its further away from residential areas. So it probibly wins, as its all the same bands and usual mix of young indie kids and generic festival types. I have only been to Leeds though and I probibly wont be going again anytime soon.
I'll leave that to the kids. Rioting is a young man's game.
but its pretty easy to stay away from to be honest, it is full of cocks mind at times its like being in a mainstream club that doesnt stop for days on end. I dont fancy it anymore, myself there are loads of better festivals around now, although I enjoyed Leeds when I was younger.
on the Sunday, but... I've always heard the general rule,
"Leeds for the atmosphere",
"Reading for the music"
Going to both, I can confirm this, but 'atmosphere' usually runs down to a few more exploding gas canisters.
though reading still has a good atmosphere, leeds can be a more hostile one though from my friends experiences
i've been to reading every year since 98, and am doing leeds for the first time this year. I will report back anon.
Reading holds a lot of great memories, but Leeds is the better site all things considered.
As for 'atmosphere', it's not particularly great at either event these days.
Reading veers more towards the '5 Home Counties boys go wild until Monday when daddy arrives to collect them in the Range Rover!!!11' whilst Leeds seemed to have a fair proportion of inexplicably boisterous Northern types who seemed utterly determined to take offence.
In short, go to Latitude instead.
Cage fighting, watching drunken fights out of your flat window etc is your thing then I would recommend something like the End of The Road Festival, Big Chill, Latitude etc
chuck our camp-neighbours tent onto a massive bonfire while it was still full of their stuff - we tried to stop them but we were outnumbered so it didn't work.
they then threw everything they could get their hands on at the firemen who were trying to stop it spreading onto our gear and the tents around it.
aren't interested in the music much. all the mobs are cunts, and the twats giving out free hugs and wearing wacky hats aren't much better.
i wanted to see bands and the friends i when with wanted to sit in the campsite and get drunk.
luckily the internet exists and i knew some people who'd come down from another part of the country who wanted to watch bands so i spent most of the weekend with them instead.
sure, you'd get a few twats, but a good 90% of the people were there for the music when I first started going in 94'.
It's only really in the past five years, since it became 'cool' to like rock music again that it's descended into a Topman endorsed cuntathon.
this totally, I've only been to leeds once, that was last year, was my first festival.
I was so annoyed by the lack of ppl that were actually there for the music, I've vowed never to go again. I'm of to latitude this year, cant wait for the breeders!
I look back to when I was in my teens and the Reading audiences were so into the music...rapturous applause, beaming smiles etc
The last time I went was in 2004, there were loud conversations going on between people who had their backs to the stage, people texting each other/phoning friends/playing snake, lobbing partially full drink containers and generally fucking about the entire time.
It wouldn't have been so bad out in the open, but when you're stood slap in front of a stage, inside a tent with people who actually really like whoever is on stage it's just rude.
I went to Truck for the first time the same year and since then have sworn off mega festivals for good.
I'll be at Latitude too this year, cannot wait!
(the first reading/leeds to be in leeds?) and it seemed so cool but after about 2002 it just started to feel like leeds festival was an excuse to live in a lawless mad max style society where getting drunk and high was all that mattered and anyone who got in the way could either fuck off or get 'free hugs'
Have you ever heard of anyone paying for one anyway?
It's the fatally flawed cherry on top of the cunty icing on a self-consciously WAKKY!!!11 cake.
so glad ppl are saying this, I thought it was just me :)
Although I'm waiting for the backlash *shifty eyes*
fewer punters=fewer puddles of various bodily fluids to avoid
but only cos ive never been to reading. as i live in leeds.
plus leeds will be great this year, as im green messengering i.e. telling people to recycle their rubbish and not to burn their tents or ill shoot them in the face.
extreme i know but, it take what it takes.
It's a party, the are other festivals to go to for more serious music fans but in my eyes Reading and Leeds are glorified parties with bands.
Generally I find the crowds at the Carling stage to be brilliant.