After a long and crazy weekend at Reading Festival 2018 this weekend, we finally have time to sit down and reflect on some of the many highlights which took place. It was an honour to attend the festival on behalf of The Spark where we met other great members of the media and watched so many amazing performances from both prominent and rising artists…
Our first highlight is Rex Orange County; at the age of just twenty years old it was crazy how huge the crowd of dedicated fans singing along to his songs such as Loving is Easy and Best Friend was. Alexander O’Connor (Rex) sounds like an alternative soul singer; on stage with him amongst your standard instruments were also a flute, a saxophone and a trumpet. His backdrop was a blue sky with clouds floating by and he is just a middle class singer from Surrey yet lots of top rap artists have started to fall in love with his unusual style. (WATCH: Video (2)).
Our next highlight is Sam Fender; again he’s very young at just twenty two, but again his set was so impressive. He seemed really down to earth, wearing a woollen jumper due to the cold and rainy weather outside. A large reason we think he’s great is not only because of his seriously impressive vocals, but also because of the content of his songs. Dead Boys raises awareness to male suicide, mental health and male masculinity; all issues which need to be spoken about more. He is a singer-songwriter from Newcastle and has a range of songs, Dead Boys is slow-paced and emotional whereas Greasy Spoon is more fast-paced and upbeat. (WATCH: Video_1).
Our final highlight is AJ Tracey, a rapper and grime artist from West London. Like Fender and Rex, again he is impressively young at the age of twenty four, and again the dedication of his many fans who knew every single word to his songs was mad. Despite being on at 10:45pm on the Sunday evening during the headliner Kings of Leon’s set, inside the BBC Radio 1 Xtra stage where he performed was without a doubt the most busy, packed and quite frankly manic crowd I’ve ever seen. People were spilling far out of the tent onto the field outside surrounding it. (WATCH: Video_2).